Toshiba has been recognized as one of the leaders of HD DVD and blu-ray technology since its development and implementation into DVD devices and televisions. Toshiba HD DVD actually is no longer being produced due to the popularity of blue-ray. So, if you were hoping to make a new Toshiba HD DVD purchase, such will not be the case. This doesn’t mean you can’t find a used Toshiba HD DVD but there are a few questions you should ask yourself before you do.
First, be advised that Toshiba will support your HD DVD purchase for the next years with maintenance of parts and supplies in case your purchase needs service or is damaged in some way. So that’s a bit of an assurance because eight years from now you’ll probably be making a new television purchase again and asking yourself some of these same questions.
Second, if you decide to find a used Toshiba HD DVD, understand that you are purchasing a used item that may not have a warranty to cover and damage, which would put you directly out of pocket for repairs or replacements. Depending on the price you decide to pay for your unit, it may not be feasible to make such a purchase.
Third, blu-ray technology and HD DVD technology hit the market at close to the same time. In fact, there were perceptions that pointed to a competitive war between HD DVD and blu-ray; both of which were being manufactured by Toshiba at that time. Remarkably enough, however, what kept the war from engaging the products was the market itself. Many department store carriers such as Wal-Mart and Circuit City decided to pull HD DVD items from their shelves and to offer only blu-ray. When Wal-Mart created this choice, Toshiba when back to the drawing board and decided not to continue producing HD DVD items.
The truer quality seems to be blu-ray. Many blu-ray devices are now on the market and available for sale.
If you already have a HD DVD device in your possession, take heart. Blu-ray is very compatible with your HD DVD device. Also, HD DVD products are still available on the market. So if you need discs and other peripherals to work with your HD DVD device, these discs and other needs can still found online and others can be found in local department stores.
Does this trend of changing to blu-ray suggest that HD DVD will soon become a thing of the past? In the original scheme of things, Toshiba planned that HD DVD would be the natural progression following the development from the CD to the DVD. This scheme was shifted when blu-ray took over the market. Could it be that HD DVD will be phased out completely as blu-ray stakes claim to the entire market? It very well could be. But don’t go throwing out your HD DVD device and discs on that premise because technology can be as fickle or as serious as it wants, when it wants.