After HD DVD Drop, Toshiba Spends $835M to Back PS3

Daily Tech writes: "A new twist has emerged with the death of HD DVD. After Warner, Best Buy, Walmart and Netflix jumped on the Blu bandwagon, the fate of HD DVD was already sealed.

Despite the grim news, the principle HD DVD developer, Toshiba Corporation, refused to initially comment on its plans for its HD DVD. However, as many analysts predicted, Toshiba came out last week and officially surrendered to Blu-ray.

Many saw Toshiba's willingness to give up on HD DVD as a logical business decision and perhaps an admission of Blu-ray's superiority. However, there might be a little more to the story. Reuters reports that on Wednesday Toshiba and Sony Corporation, one of Blu-ray's principle developers, agreed to a major business deal, reached just after Toshiba made its final HD DVD decision".

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xhi45964d ago

very very interesting to say the least!

so toshiba and sony partners.......microsoft and toshiba trust been hurt.....very interesting!

sonarus5964d ago (Edited 5964d ago )

This business deal was in the works while the format war was ongoing. Not new news either it has already been posted i believe. Life goes on for all companies after hd-dvd fiasco toshiba will be looking for newer investments and what better investment than a chip that powers the machine that was solely responsible for the death of your hd-dvd. Like the saying goes if you can't beat em join em

v1c1ous5964d ago (Edited 5964d ago )

This is HELLA OLD NEWS! report as duplicate!

Toshiba bought Cell Factories from Sony Last year.

don't tell me you guys are going to try and spin this into a "bash 360/praise ps3" thing.



The gaming GOD5964d ago

Those articles don't SAY they SOLD the cell facilities. They say they were GOING to. So no, it's NOT a duplicate.

Your articles say sony PLANNED to sell. This current article says the DID sell.

Know the difference man

nicholascage245964d ago

no SONY didnt sell CELL fab

SONY got into a joint venture with Toshiba

Toshiba now owns 55% of CELL fab. SONY owns the rest

Toshiba gave that money for a new 65nm Production FAB .

Toshiba owns 60% of this new FAB. SONY owns the rest.

The FAB would be outputting 45nm CELL later this year.

Maddens Raiders5964d ago

when viscious is in the PS3 thread running MSFT damage control.

InMyOpinion5964d ago

Fanboys see what they want to see. At least v1cious provided links to back his statements. I remember having read those articles myself some time ago.

robep35964d ago

Sony,IBM & Toshiba have been involved in the development of the
Cell from the start Toshiba wanted it for TV's etc some of which have been shown using cell for upscaling SD pics to HD so nothing strange about this announcement.Also remember when Sony or Toshiba sell laptops/pc's whats the OS, Windows so they all do business with each other.


deeznuts5964d ago

Jenzo, you don't need links to backup any statements. Just click the link for this story. Dailytech discusses all the details in their article. Did anyone even click through?

Tru_Blu5964d ago

Tosh is still a major chip/semi maker. That has always been the MO for them. Same as Sony, make IC's for others. Don't fool yourselves, IC's are the core of Tosh and Sony.

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v1c1ous5964d ago

it was the big news like for that whole month of october 07 when sony sold the cell factories

Brian52475964d ago

This should help them earn a few of their HDDVD dollars back.

BrianC62345964d ago

It wasn't smart of Toshiba to go ahead with HD DVD to begin with. What were they thinking? They should have made a deal to have one format. They knew they were helping make the PS3 anyway. HD DVD just didn't make sense for them.

cooke155963d ago

Toshiba and Universal thought HD DVD was better for the consumer and the studios.

Equal in presentation
Cheaper to manufacture.

It was a win win situation but the side with more early support won the battle.

Lord Anubis5964d ago

"Toshiba, IBM and Sony were the principle developers of the Cell microprocessor, but Toshiba previously showed little interest in using the chip for any of its own projects. Sony touts the Cell broadband engine in its Playstation 3 consoles; IBM uses the Cell processor in high performance computing clusters. Toshiba has vowed to now use the Cell in its upcoming products.

what an erroneous statement. Toshiba had plans to use cell before it was ever produced back when the formed the IBM TOSHIBA SONY. they made workstations where they model hair in real time and recently their tvs with cell.

lodossrage5964d ago

It's no secret that Microsoft wasn't REALLY interested in assisting the HD DVD camp.

All MS did was using toshiba to try to prolong the format war, thus making it easier for Microsoft's digital downloads to take over and "save the day".

In all honesty, Toshiba only has themselves to blame for that part. If they were paying attention, they would have noticed that any company that didn't support hd dvd, Microsoft got some sort of agreement with them to put their shows and movies on xbox live (digital downloads).

So yeah, Toshiba allowed themselves to be used.

As I said, this could be their way of sticking it back at MS. As the saying goes, "the enemy of my enemy is my friend"

This should be a lesson to ANY company that allies themselves to MS. MS USUALLY (not always) has an ulterior motive

The gaming GOD5964d ago

I said that for a LONG time now. And I agree, Toshiba allowed themselves to be used.

I don't understand why a Japanese company would EVER consider even joining up with Microsoft.

Bill Gates went or record TWICE saying his goal is to eliminate japan's power over technology.

Genesis55964d ago

Well maybe Toshiba had ulterior motives them selfs to screw M$. Because them pulling out of hd dvd rendering M$ add on irrelevant. Leaving the PS3 the only next gen console with HD movie play back. Two Japanese companys stick it to M$.Believe it the Blu-ray capabilities of the PS3 is a bigger deal to M$ than they lead you to believe.

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