According to Panasonic’s Masayuki Kozuka, HD DVD’s implosion is all Toshiba’s fault. He argues that by flooding the market with cheap, unprofitable players for the holiday season last year it discouraged other vendors from producing their own players.
And he doesn’t mean Panasonic, he means the Cobys, Mistushitas, and Sorny’s of the world, the discount Chinese manufacturers. Without them at the $100 price point, there was no way for the format to reach the critical mass it needed.
We think it has far more to do with Sony’s inclusion of Blu-ray in the PS3. Had Microsoft made the HD DVD player a standard Xbox 360 component, we’d still be at war.
Panasonic Blu-ray boss says HD DVD death was suicide [Digital World]