Toshiba takes European lead over Sony in HD
von Maija Palmer, Financial Times
The high-definition format war being waged by HD-DVD and Blu-Ray is reminiscent of the battle between VHS and Betamax. Aficionados of European cinema who would like to watch films such as Roberto Benigni's award-winning The Tiger and the Snow in high definition, may, for the time being at least, have to buy a HD-DVD player rather than a Blu-Ray Disc machine.
A number of European independent film studios and DVD production companies are opting for Toshiba's HD-DVD format over the rival Sony technology, thanks to a strong support programme by the HD-DVD camp and concerns over the price of Blu-Ray technology.
Sony and Toshiba are locked in a bitter battle over which technology will become the standard for next generation high-definition DVD content, reminiscent of the 1980s battle between VHS and Betamax.
[via Financial Times]