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HD DVD PLAYER: A Short History

By Jairene Cruz

HD DVD player is a short term for High Definition/Density DVD player which involves video presentation characterized with its high resolution and high quality projected images. It was the well known company, Toshiba which spearheaded and supported this kind of DVD format which they first launched in Japan on March 31, 2006 and was released in the United States on April 18 of the same year.

The disc for the HD DVD player has a structure of about 8 – 12 cm and has data layer of .6 mm below the surface to protect the layer from damage. The memory size is proportional to its size and would also depend if the disc is single layered or double layered. The single and double layered discs have differences in the speed of recording data which ranges from 28 minutes to 110 minutes and the rate of data is 4.5 megabytes to 9 megabytes.

While in terms of the storage and organization of files, HD DVD player supports file systems akin to ISO 9660 and Universal Disk Format (UDF). It also supports various kind of audio and video compression technologies such as Dolby Digital EX, DTS, Dolby Digital Plus for audio and VC-1, AVC, or MPEG-2 for video compressions. The said player comes also in different disc variants like HD DVD – RW, HD DVD-RM and HD DVD – RAM, each with different storage capacities and unique features.

The quality and various features offered by the player could be some of the reasons why it had a great deal of consumers in the market especially during the first few years after it was launched. In a span of just one year, records show that over 100, 000 of its units have been sold in the United States and gained more followers the next year, until almost one million of its units have been sold in the year 2008.

In the same year, however, some users have started to become negligent about the product and become confused so this resulted to a decrease in sales. Larger companies including Warner Bros. decided to halt the support of this type of product and shifted to a different form instead of the HD DVD format. Other companies also started to shift and supported different type of DVD format.

This event gave rise to the dominance of another disc format known as Blu- Ray Disc. Though it had a slower gain in terms of sales over HD DVD during the first few years of its launch, it gained greater number of consumers when Play Station 3 video games were included in its features. This eventually led into what we call as format war, a war between HD DVD format and Blu Ray Disc. Both of the companies which created both formats tried to compromise to end the war but agreements failed. Both of the companies wanted different physical formats for their disks; it was only when Toshiba withdrew from the format they’ve wanted that the war finally ended. The conclusion of the war seemed to have placed HD DVD on the losing end especially that Blu Ray Disc has dominated the high definition video formats since the event.

It was on the 15th of December 2008 when the final release of the disc format for HD DVD player was commemorated. But reports show that there are still films released on HD DVD format recently but it is no longer that popular unlike its early years. The HD DVD player which used to be praised by most consumers has now ended its popularity. It used to present high definition and high resolution videos but it has now presented its impression in black and white.

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Cruz, Jairene "HD DVD PLAYER: A Short History." HD DVD PLAYER: A Short History. 11 Jul. 2010. 22 Feb 2015 <>.

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