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Blu-ray wins the hi-tech discs war.

BLU-RAY has emerged as the winner in the format war with its rival HD DVD.

Toshiba confirmed it would no longer develop, make or market HD DVD players or recorders.

The move is good news for UK shoppers who have not yet invested in either Bluray or HD DVD next generation DVD players, experts said.

But technology fans who splashed out hundreds of pounds on HD DVD players when they launched here in 2006 have backed the wrong horse.

The format war between Blu-ray and HD DVD was compared to the earlier battle between the Betamax and VHS video formats.

Blu-ray's rise to dominance was boosted by the backing of Sony, which integrated Bluray players into its PlayStation 3 console.

Warner Bros Entertainment last month announced it would release film discs only in the Bluray format.

Sony Pictures, Walt Disney and Twentieth Century Fox had already made the same move.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 20, 2008
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