Toshiba Corp. said on Thursday in
The consumer-oriented HD DVD recorder from Toshiba, which will be equipped with hard disk drive, will be available starting from July 14 in
Typically, high definition video recorders which can burn high-capacity optical discs are meant for recording TV shows and other content broadcasted in high definition. However, the market for such devices is not very broad and it is currently unclear whether and if Toshiba has plans to release its first HD DVD recorder outside
Traditional single-layer DVDs allow consumers to watch movies in 720x480 (NTSC) or 720x576 (PAL) resolution with Dolby Digital audio. The blue-laser discs will provide consumers 1920x1080 resolution as well as DTS or Dolby Digital Plus audio along with some additional interactive features.
Blu-ray and HD DVD formats compete for replacing the DVD standard. HD DVD discs can store up to 15GB on a single layer and up to 30GB on two layers. Its competitor, Blu-ray, can store up to 27GB per single layer and up to 50GB on two layers, but Blu-ray discs are more expensive to produce. The HD DVD is pushed aggressively by Toshiba and NEC as well as being standardized at the DVD Forum, which represents over 230 consumer electronics, information technology, and content companies worldwide. Blu-ray is backed by Sony and Panasonic, which are among the world’s largest makers of electronics. Among