Bad news for all you HD DVD buffs out there; Toshiba’s RD-A1 HD DVD has ben delayed due to some production difficulties, postponing the launch of the new recorder until the end of the month. While a delay of a couple of weeks might not seem like much, anyone who plunked down $3,462.00 to acquire one is probably a little miffed that they won’t be shipping on time. The delays could also be to combat firmware issues like the ones seen on the company’s HD-A1 HD DVD player, which has been slammed as being unusable at times.
When the recorder finally does ship, users can look forward to a plethora of features, including H.264 and VC-1 encoding support (for smaller video sizes), support for single- and dual-layer HD DVD-R media, 1 TB of internal storage, and HDMI ports among the standard A/V hookups. This delay, however, could be bad news (especially coupled with the HD-A1 debacle), so don’t be surprised to see Toshiba attempt to get this machines out the door as soon as possible.