News
News
12/13/2005
10:06 AM
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%
Repost This

Toshiba Delays Next-Gen HD DVD Debut In Japan

The company, which had hoped to beat the rival Blu-ray format to market, attributed the problem to the unavailability of Advanced Access Content System digital rights management software.

TOKYO — Toshiba Corp. said Tuesday (Dec. 13) the introduction of HD DVD players here will be delayed.

Toshiba attributed the delay mainly to the unavailability of Advanced Access Content System (AACS) licensing.

DVD Forum has adopted AACS copyright management as an integral part of the HD DVD format. Toshiba had planned to launch its HD DVD products only after AACS is finalized, Toshiba said in a statement.

Toshiba hoped to introduce HD DVD players by the end of 2005, ahead of Blu-ray Disc players, but decided in September to postpone the U.S. introduction until 2006.

In July, IBM Corp., Intel Corp., Microsoft Corp., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Sony Corp., Toshiba, Walt Disney Company and Warner Bro. Studio formed the AACS Licensing Administrator (AACS LA) to develop license AACS technology. AACS LA has completed its version 0.9 of the technology.

Toshiba said it had completed the design for its HD DVD players for both the U.S. and Japanese markets and was ready for volume production at its Japanese manufacturing facilities.

The HD DVD group has completed read-only, rewritable and recordable formats, but delayed the introduction of AACS. The Blu-ray group is finalizing ROM, RW and R formats at the meeting this week. The group said it plans to present the finalized format at the CES show in Las Vegas in January.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
The Agile Archive
The Agile Archive
When it comes to managing data, donít look at backup and archiving systems as burdens and cost centers. A well-designed archive can enhance data protection and restores, ease search and e-discovery efforts, and save money by intelligently moving data from expensive primary storage systems.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Elite 100 - 2014
Our InformationWeek Elite 100 issue -- our 26th ranking of technology innovators -- shines a spotlight on businesses that are succeeding because of their digital strategies. We take a close at look at the top five companies in this year's ranking and the eight winners of our Business Innovation awards, and offer 20 great ideas that you can use in your company. We also provide a ranked list of our Elite 100 innovators.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Audio Interviews
Archived Audio Interviews
GE is a leader in combining connected devices and advanced analytics in pursuit of practical goals like less downtime, lower operating costs, and higher throughput. At GIO Power & Water, CIO Jim Fowler is part of the team exploring how to apply these techniques to some of the world's essential infrastructure, from power plants to water treatment systems. Join us, and bring your questions, as we talk about what's ahead.