TOKYO — Japanese electronics giant Toshiba formally conceded defeat Tuesday in the battle between rival high-definition DVD formats.
Speaking to reporters at the company’s headquarters in Tokyo, prexy and CEO Atsutoshi Nishida confirmed earlier reports that Toshiba will cease making and shipping players, recorders and other products in the HD DVD formats, with the end coming by March 31.
So there you have it, kids. We have our new Betamax punch-line... Although I don’t think it would work as well.
“That is so lame... that is, like, so HD DVD, yo.”
“But this DVD is in HD.”
“Yeah, but that is Blu-ray. I meant HD DVD.”
“I know, but this DVD is in HD.”
“I said shut up.”
On an interesting note, for those who hate Microsoft, there is this.
Toshiba’s withdrawal leaves the field clear for the Blu-ray camp led by Sony, which has been battling Toshiba and its HD DVD allies, including Intel and Microsoft, for nearly six years.
So I am sure some Mac nerds are celebrating in their parents' basements...
“A HA! See, they CAN be defeated! Two-damage, two-damage... Now, where are we LARPing tonight?”