CES - 'Surprised' Toshiba claims there's still life in HD-DVD

While most tech watchers (myself included) are proclaiming the death of HD-DVD, Toshiba used its CES wake press conference to claim the hi-def disc

While most tech watchers (myself included) are proclaiming the death of HD-DVD, Toshiba used its CES wake press conference to claim the hi-def disc format is still breathing. But the funereal atmosphere suggested otherwise.

Toshiba's spokesperson admitted the company was was 'surprised' that Warners had announced that it will withdraw support for HD-DVD - but claimed that after strong sales over the christmas period, HD-DVD still had significant momentum.

A sombre Jodi Sally (pictured above), Toshiba's marketing VP, said: 'we firmly believe that HD-DVD is the best format for the consumer. Only HD-DVD has delivered on the promises of functionality and value.'

Sally went on to point that there were now nearly 1m dedicated HD-DVD players from all brands are in the market, and claimed that HD-DVD always put the interests of the consumer first.

However, despite having a new range of HD-DVD players on display during the press conference, there was no mention of model names, specifications or release dates - leading many to assume their future, and the future of the HD-DVD format, is at best uncertain.