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Toshiba delays HD DVD player launch

On Tuesday the Japan based Toshiba Corp announced that it will be delaying the launch of its next-gen HD DVD players, which may see it losing the first mover advantage to address copy protection issues.

In September Toshiba has said that it might postpone the Japanese launch until after December but will continue to push for a first quarter of 2006 launch in the US market, maybe between February and March.

In a statement issued by Toshiba, they said that they would not launch the products until every detail on copy protection management systems, called AACS, or advanced access content system are finalized.

Speaking on the occasion, a spokeswoman for Toshiba commented, “I cannot say when the AACS issues will be resolved, but it’s hard to think the launch in Japan will come after the U.S. launch.”

In the race to have their standards adopted by the industry for the new DVD, Sony and Toshiba, leaders of rival camps have wagered a three-year battle. Toshiba, NEC and Sanyo are promoting HD DVD, while on the other hand Sony and Matsushita are touting Blu-ray.

In November the Blu-ray DVD group said that it plans to roll out a high-definition disc format in spring 2006, and will also unveil specific launch plans at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to be held in January.

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