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Onkyo Discontinues HD DVD Players

by February 21, 2008

Onkyo Corporation has decided that Onkyo will discontinue the development and production of HD DVD players.

Onkyo has distributed and sold approximately 2000 units of the HD DVD players in the selected markets due to the growth of the large screen display market and high demand for home entertainment media. Onkyo has reached its decision to discontinue the development and production of HD DVD players after thorough review of Toshiba’s public announcement “Toshiba Announces Discontinuation of HD DVD Businesses” on February 19, 2008. As Onkyo manufactures HD DVD players with core parts supplied by Toshiba, it will be difficult for Onkyo to continue its further development and production of HD DVD players. Despite this decision, Onkyo will continue to provide full product support and after-sales service for all owners of Onkyo HD DVD players.

Regarding Onkyo’s prospective marketing of home theater products, Onkyo continues to provide innovative home theater products with high definition sound and images that are compatible with next generation disc formats such as Blu-ray.

While Onkyo has been an enthusiastic supporter of the HD DVD format, it was not an exclusive relationship. Onkyo’s research and development teams have maintained a parallel development program for the competing Blu-ray technology.

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BMXTRIX posts on February 23, 2008 23:37
Oh my God! Here it is… The next front page story for Audioholics that is going to be so newsworthy that it will deserve its own thread:

http://www.dailytech.com/Microsoft+Xbox+360+HD+DVD+Addon+Gets+The+Axe/article10829.htm

Yep! It's official - Microsoft will no longer have Toshiba providing HD DVD players for the X360. It has come as an incredibly shock to me as well.

allargon posts on February 23, 2008 12:31
Hopefully, Onkyo will at least release a BD-Live (profile 2.0) compliant Blu-Ray player unlike their buddies Marantz, Denon and Pioneer (1st one couldn't even play CD's) who believe in going for the double/triple dip of a 1.1 now with 2.0 to follow later.
Biggiesized posts on February 22, 2008 16:06
I'm surprised they were able to move even 2000 units.
dobyblue posts on February 22, 2008 13:29
This part is important too:

While Onkyo has been an enthusiastic supporter of the HD DVD format, it was not an exclusive relationship. Onkyo’s research and development teams have maintained a parallel development program for the competing Blu-ray technology.

It's probable that Onkyo will release a Blu-ray player, under their own R&D, before the end of the year.
BMXTRIX posts on February 22, 2008 01:35
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Onkyo Corporation has decided that Onkyo will discontinue the development and production of HD DVD players. Onkyo has distributed and sold approximately 2000 units of the HD DVD players in the selected markets due to the growth of the large screen display market and high demand for home entertainment media. Onkyo has reached its decision to discontinue the development and production of HD DVD players after thorough review of Toshiba’s public announcement “Toshiba Announces Discontinuation of HD DVD Businesses” on February 19, 2008.


Discuss “Onkyo Discontinues HD DVD Players” here. Read the article.
When did Onkyo make players?

Heck… When did any major CE manufacturer other than Toshiba make a HD DVD only player?

ANSWER: NOBODY!

Geez, it's just insane to bother reporting. I think it's far more significant that LG has said that they are going to continue to walk down the silly path of dual format players… Makes no sense at all except they likely will have a few diehard HD DVD fanatics who aren't interested in owning two separate players and buy a combo so they can enjoy the 50 or so HD DVDs they already wast.. er… spent their money on.

We need a full writeup of how Microsoft will no longer put badges on… Or, wait - are we calling that manufacturing? I'm confused.

Anyway - the article on Microsoft discontinuing HD DVD add-ons will follow in short order.

NEWFLASH: When Toshiba stops making players then RCA, Onkyo, Integra, and Microsoft all cease production as well.
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