HD DVD Booth CES 2008
Today, I visited the HD DVD Promotions Group booth. I took a quick tour around the displays and found the obvious items being showcased; HD DVD movies, HD DVD players, the Microsoft Xbox 360, HD DVD laptops, etc.
HD DVD players
Taking a look at the HD DVD player area, I could not find much of anything new. There was the usual Toshiba line of players, the HD-A3, HD-A30 and HD-A35. Then there was the Venturer SHD7000 and the Onkyo DV-HD805. Nothing new! Both the Venturer and the Onkyo use Toshiba internals, with their own customized casing.
HD DVD Demo
A stage was located on the inside of the booth area and HD DVD demonstrations were occurring every so often. The presenter was demonstrating HD DVD interactive features with the Bourne Supremacy. All the usual stuff was shown, U-control navigation, scene bookmarks, Picture in Picture video and a few other features.
HD DVD burners
Toshiba had their HD DVD burners on display as usual. The pictures above show their slim laptop HD DVD-R drive and their desktop PC HD DVD-R drive.
The only really ‘new’ HD DVD hardware I could find was an HD DVD burner from NU. The model shown was the DH-4HM1P, which is a half-height desktop HD DVD-R internal drive. According to the spec card, the drive supports 2.4x HD DVD-R writing, 2x HD DVD-RW writing and all DVDR formats, including DVD-RAM. The drive is powered by a Mediatek chipset. I could not find any NU representatives hanging around the HD DVD booth to find out anything further.
Overall, I was pretty disappointed by the HD DVD booth and displays. There really was nothing new. Nothing exciting. It’s the same ol’, same ol’ for the HD DVD group. The live demonstration didn’t feature anything new either.
On the bright side, I did walk away with a free copy of Freedom Volume 2, which is an anime HD DVD twin format disc.
I also missed the Toshiba press conference that occurred yesterday. Talking to other press folks who attended the event, I was told that Toshiba still “remains optimistic” about the HD DVD format. They are going to have to do much more than just remain optimistic if they want HD DVD to survive. With Warner dropping HD DVD, the talk of the town here is that HD DVD will soon die. I don’t expect that we’ll hear any major announcements from the HD DVD group or Toshiba, especially with the press event being canceled. Bye bye HD DVD, it was nice knowing you…