The format war between Blu-ray and HD DVD officially ended in February of 2008 when Toshiba finally conceded defeat to the juggernaut that was Blu-ray Disc, faced with mounting CE support for Blu-ray and the defection of Warner to the camp of exclusive Blu-ray-backing Hollywood studios. Still, Toshiba refused to release any products supporting the rival format backed by Sony, Panasonic, Phillips, Samsung and a whole host of other heavyweight industry leaders. Instead, they chose to champion cheap, super-upconverting DVD players and downloads as their savior — until now that is.
Toshiba America Consumer Products L.L.C. (“Toshiba”) has finally thrown its hat into the proverbial Blu-ray ring with the introduction of its first Blu-ray Disc player. The BDX2000 will sell at a suggested retail price of $249.99 and will be available in November. The player will provide Full HD 1080p digital output, Profile 2.0 BonusView picture-in-picture capability and BD-Live support (SD memory card required) and internal decoding of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD High Resolution and Master Audio codecs.
“Toshiba is a technology leader in high definition products,” said Jodi Sally, Vice President of Marketing, Digital A/V Group. “From listening to our consumers we know they demand access to full high definition content. With the introduction of our BDX2000 we are offering consumers what they want with a breath-taking HD viewing experience to meet the needs of today’s home theater.”
Additional product features include:
- 1080p/24 output
- AVCHD playback
- Toshiba Regza-Link (HDMI-CEC)
- SD Card Slot
- Energy Star Compliant
More information: https://www.tacp.toshiba.com/