HD DVD (high definition DVD) was a high density optical disc format that lost the format wars to Blu-ray in February 2008. The HD DVD format had a short existence of only two years and was spearheaded by Toshiba. The company released their first consumer HD DVD player in Japan in March 2006.
After yielding the format wars to Blu-ray and officially halting any future development of HD DVD players in February 2008, Toshiba formally dissolved the HD DVD consortium the following month.
The defunct HD DVD player and optical discs are no longer available except in perhaps bargain bins or on eBay . There is no more support for these types of players as well. Former owners of HD DVD players and discs have mostly migrated to the high density standard of Blu-ray. For those who wish to own actual optical disc media for high definition video and movies, this is the only choice now readily available.
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