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Toshiba HD-DVD Firmware 2.0 caused Jaggies on MPEG4 AVC with 1080/24p out

Toshiba HD-DVD Firmware 2.0 caused Jaggies on MPEG4 AVC with 1080/24p out

If you have not updated the new firmware posted yesterday, you might want to put a hold on it. The firmware update was successful, but introduced serious jaggies on Mpeg4 AVC material (Advanced Video Codecs) when used with 1080/24p. Keep in mind, it only affected 1080p out units like A30 and A35 with 24hz up-sizing on movie with mpeg4 AVC compression. No problem with VC1 material.

Toshiba Released new Firmware for HD-DVD models A3, D3, A30, A35

Toshiba Released new Firmware for HD-DVD models A3, D3, A30, A35

The long waited firmware upgrade for Toshiba latest HD-DVD player is here. I don’t have the time to upgrade mine yet will report its functionality later today. According to the released notes on Toshiba site, the new firmware 2.0, upgrading from 1.3, improves and fixes:

-1080/24p on (HD-A30, HD-A35)
-Network connectivity
-HDMI/DVI Handshakes
-Playback problem with some disc

You can download and burn it onto a physical disc for upgrading or just uses the player network feature to obtain the FW directly.

Plextor PX-B300SA and PX-B920SA HD optical drives

Plextor PX-B300SA and PX-B920SA HD optical drives

Plextor has been known as one of the leaders in manufacturing the best in the optical drive market, and these two are no different. Both support SATA, and can read and write to both CD’s and DVD’s, but the catch is what they can do with the new HD optical formats.

Onkyo is undecided on HD-DVD

Onkyo is undecided on HD-DVD

Do you know how many CE manufacturers that are really supported HD-DVD and what they have in common? The RCA, Xbox 360, Venturer and Onkyo are all rebadged or manufactured by Toshiba, not counting the Korean Giants with combo player like LG and Samsung. The RCA went back to legacy DVD, Venture didn’t sell well and the word on the street is Onkyo is pulling out as well.

Where is my HD-DVD Superbowl Commercial?

Where is my HD-DVD Superbowl Commercial?

It’s funny you can’t hear a darn thing during the game on a Superbowl party but it’s usually dead quiet during the commercial break, then a big laugh as soon as its ends. That’s the effect of $90,000 per second commercial spot, it is as good as it gets in the industry. We expect nothing less than mind-blowing ingenuity and creativity. If you’ve followed the news on Toshiba's Superbowl ad, a week before the game, you probably wonder why it never get aired.

Last HD-DVD release from National Geographic

Last HD-DVD release from National Geographic

I don’t buy whole lot of movies in Hi-Def but I’ve been stocking up most of the wildlife films if I can get my hands on, you know? since I’m a self-proclaimed bird photographer and all. But seriously, I do have plenty of them in Hi-Def, including the war between the Tsaro’s lioness and buffalo heard, the Relentless Enemies. If you are a wildlife fanatic like me, trust me, you’ll love this documentary. On the other hands, it will be the last HD-DVD title from National Geography.

Microsoft has been in talks with Blu-ray camp all along

Microsoft has been in talks with Blu-ray camp all along

If you've followed the whole HD DVD vs Blu-ray format war, you may have noticed that people are declaring a victor. While HD DVD isn't dead yet, it might as well be. This of course means PS3 owners everywhere have something to gloat about when talking to their Xbox 360-owning friends. For now at least.

HD-DVD : We ain’t Dead, Check Us Out at Super Bowl XLII

HD-DVD : We ain’t Dead, Check Us Out at Super Bowl XLII

Toshiba looks forward to launch their largest yet HD-DVD marketing initiative after the Warner’s setback. They have reserved a 30-second Super Bowl XLII’s commercial spot at the cost of 2.7 million dollars to re-promote the current HD-DVD line-up features HD-A3, A30 and A35.

Blu-Ray Buried HD-DVD in Hardware Sales

Blu-Ray Buried HD-DVD in Hardware Sales

The Warner setback really put Toshiba at the worst position ever in the Format War. We heard enough of HD-DVD trailing the Hi-Def software sales in the last two years, and now they are facing largest-scale of losses in hardware department as well.

The newest report from the research group NPD said Blu-Ray has an advantage of 60/40 margin in hardware sales at December, the split slowly increased to 70/30 in the first half of January, then finally led to huge 93/7 margin between the first and second weeks of January.

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