After killing off its beloved but unpopular HD DVD technology last year, Toshiba has finally come out with its first Blu-ray Disc player.
The company announced the BDX2000 today making Toshiba the very last company to jump into Blu-ray camp. Well, Toshiba at least has got to be the last major consumer electronics company to support the technology.
Toshiba, which has its computer division in Irvine, made a major push for the HD DVD format in 2006 and 2007 before giving up in February 2008. At the time, the company said it had no plans to support the competing Blu-ray technology or offer it in its computers.
But after 18 months, Blu-ray is apparently unavoidable. Blu-ray players are sold everywhere, including Wal-Mart. Every new movie is offered in this format. And even companies like low-priced TV maker Vizio sell a Blu-ray player.
How could Toshiba not support Blu-ray? Well, it does now.
The company’s new Blu-ray player has many of the usual features, including BD Live, which allows viewers to do stuff like chat about the same movie with others online. There’s also an SD card slot to share music and photos. Also, if you are using this with a Toshiba REGZA TV, the two can use the same remote control. The BDX2000 will be available in November for $249.99.
The press release announcing the new player manages to avoid any mention of its HD DVD interlude. But it does mention the technology: “This product does not play HD DVD discs.” Darn!
While there are reports that Toshiba is bringing Blu-ray to its laptops, the technology is still snubbed on the company’s web site. No laptops include the drive and it’s not offered as an add-on accessory. In fact, the site doesn’t even appear to mention Blu-ray at all:
At least for now. We’ll probably hear from the computer folks any day now.
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