Toshiba to launch Blu-ray products this yearToshiba to support Blu-ray format

10 August 2009

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Blu-ray discs offer more storage than normal DVDs

Toshiba has announced plans to introduce Blu-ray players and notebook PCs almost two years after it lost the format war to Sony.

Blu-ray offers superior images to DVD, providing high-definition images and enhanced detail of films and programmes. Which? recommends four Best Buy Blu-ray players for under £350.

Backing Blu-ray

The Japanese manufacturer had to finally ditch the HD-DVD format back in February 2008, after it had been locked in a format war with Sony’s rival Blu-ray disc for dominance of the next-generation DVD business. But Toshiba was left reeling when entertainment industry heavyweights such as Warner Bros said they were backing Blu-ray.

The firm has now sealed its commitment to the Blu-ray format by applying to join the Blu-ray Disc Association - the group of companies dedicated to developing and promoting the format.

Blu-ray disc players for Christmas

Details of when the new products will be available have yet to be announced, but it's widely believed that Toshiba will have a Blu-ray player in shops for the Christmas period.

'Toshiba aims to introduce digital products that support the Blu-ray disc (BD) format, including BD players and notebook PCs integrating BD drives, in the course of this year,' Toshiba says in a company statement.

'Details of the products, including the timing of regional launches, are now under consideration. We will make announcements in due course.’

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