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Toshiba Wants Combo HD Player

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Toshiba president Atsutoshi Nishida weighed in today with his opinion on a dual-format HD DVD/Blu-ray player, joining the chorus of other manufacturers who have edged ever closer to a unified format for high definition DVDs. Nishida said to an annual shareholders meeting:

"We have not given up on a unified format. We would like to seek ways for unifying the standards if opportunities arise."

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These electronics manufacturers are probably growing weary of this costly format war, which looks more like the VHS/Betamax debacle every day. Samsung just last week vacillated on its plans to put together a combo player, where a middle manager first said the company would make a combo player and a couple of days later Samsung's PR-meisters beat a hasty retreat. Other manufacturers such as LG have also expressed interest in a truce as well.

We're thinking it's inevitable that a combo player will arise and become the new standard. The question is, how many consumers will be suckered into buying into one format or another before this unification takes place?

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Toshiba wants unified DVD format [Reuters]

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