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Toshiba at CES 2008

Discussion in 'The Movies' started by Tom Robertson, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. Jan 7, 2008 #1 of 13
    Tom Robertson

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    HD-DVD
    After a few opening remarks, Toshiba immediately jumped into the heart of the hot topic--Warner Brothers decision to utilize Blu-ray for all future releases. Jodi Sally spoke of the richness of the HD-DVD experience, Toshiba's firm belief that consumers will choose HD-DVD over Blu-ray, and that Q4 sales backed up such a belief. Toshiba had slightly over 49% of the HD player sales in the US for 2007.

    Announced the third generation of HD-DVD players, the entry HD-A3 (1080i), HD-A30, and HD-A35 both capable of 1080p including 1080p24.

    LCD TV
    Toshiba announced their "all encompassing 2008 LCD TV line with a series for every lifestyle".
    5 New Series
    4 New Cosmetic Designs
    3 New Dimensions of Picture Quality
    2 New Gaming Features
    1 Hot New LCD Line-up​
    20 new LCD TV models starting with the AV500 series to the premium REGZA series to the exclusive Cinema Series.

    Toshiba "has focused on improving image quality, connectivity, and design."

    "LCD outsells plasma even at 19% higher cost."

    Starting this year, two introductions of new equipment each year instead of one. Spring and fall introductions.

    Fall 2008 lines to include new cosmetic designs (some shown at CES)
    New CES technologies to also be in future series:
    • Cell chip to improve SD to HD upconvertion
    • LED back lighting using 1,152 LEDs in 92 independently dimmable zones
    • Wireless HDMI connectivity

    Manufacturers Recycling Management (MRM) Corporation
    Also announced the MRM company. More in this thread: http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=115007
     
  2. Jan 7, 2008 #2 of 13
    Tom Robertson

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    Mentioned today at the press conference, here is the original press release:
    Link to the full press release: http://www.toshiba.co.jp/about/press/2007_12/pr2101.htm
     
  3. Jan 7, 2008 #3 of 13
    Tom Robertson

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    Link: http://www.toshiba.co.jp/about/press/2008_01/pr0501.htm
     
  4. Jan 7, 2008 #4 of 13
    Tom Robertson

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    Lots more: http://www.toshiba.co.jp/about/press/2008_01/pr0701.htm
     
  5. Jan 7, 2008 #5 of 13
    Tom Robertson

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    Pictures Set #1 from Toshiba Press Conference
     

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    Tom Robertson

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    Picture Set #2 from Show Floor
     

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    Photo Set #3 from Toshiba Press Conference
     

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    Thanks Tom - great photos and info.

    As Stuart would say - long live HD DVD! :D
     
  9. Jan 7, 2008 #9 of 13
    tonyd79

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    The third slide is a masterful marketing slide! Makes it look like HD-DVD is clearly #1 until you realize all the others are Blu Ray, which has a slight majority.
     
  10. Drew2k

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    I think they were more interested in promoting "Toshiba", versus "HD-DVD" in that slide. It's "brand" - not HD format.
     
  11. 4DThinker

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    LG was on the other side, and since they sell the dual format players, I'm estimating the actual %s were about 50-50 for format, irrelivent of brand.

    Microsoft was not in the mix, so I'm guessing game consoles and add-ons were not included.

    I'd like to see a slide showing the comparison between HD-DVD players sold that have all the featured specs for the format and all the BluRay players sold that don't meet the full finallized spec.
     
  12. General Custer

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    Are the Toshiba LCDs now going to have the same un-even backlighting ("Banding") problems that the shapr LCDs have?
     
  13. Stuart Sweet

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    The TOSHIBA rep I spoke to at length was a little somber but basically I got the idea that she really believed it was business as usual, that another, contrary announcement would turn the tide their way soon. I don't think it's over as much as we all want it to be.
     

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