Since we tipped you off last month about the Toshiba RD-A1 HD DVD recorder that was set to ship in mid-July, we figured you might appreciate an update on that, where now it's mid-July and the RD-A1 is not going to be shipping just yet. Toshiba has reportedly run into a glitch in the production process, delaying the shipment of the world's first HD DVD recorder until the end of this month. Perhaps this time they decided to correct firmware problems before shipping, unlike the unfortunate unpleasantness encountered with the HD-A1 HD DVD player.
When it does ship, the $3462 recorder will be nicely appointed, using superior codecs such as H.264 and VC-1 to compress video into either single-or dual-layer HD DVD-R discs. It will also be packing a terabyte of storage inside, and will be stoked with HDMI and digital audio inputs and outputs. Maybe if this product actually works as advertised, ships fairly soon and experiences a quick price drop, it could be an opportunity for vindication for Toshiba.
2 Weeks delay for the RD-A1 HD-DVD recorder [Akihabara News]