Skirmish in the Fight Over the Next DVD Standard

Toshiba Wins Support for HD DVD from 4 Film Studios [pdf]

The studio endorsement is a setback for the Blu-ray group, but representatives said its fight to become the standard technology was far from over. Officials from the studios that backed Toshiba said they would continue working with Blu-ray.

At stake is the pole position in the $10 billion-a-year DVD player and recorder market, and a PC drive market of similar size. The winner could license its technology, meaning that billions of dollars in royalty income is also up for grabs.