CES - Toshiba cuts the cost of 1080p HD DVD

Toshiba is lowering the entry price to full-HD video with its new HD-A20 HD DVD player, which was announced on Sunday at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Toshiba is lowering the entry price to full-HD video with its new HD-A20 HD DVD player, which the company introduced on Sunday at the International Consumer Electronics Show.

The player is the third machine in Toshiba's HD DVD player family and is scheduled to hit U.S. store shelves in the "spring," the company said at a news conference. It will cost around US$600. The other two players in the family, the HD-A2 and HD-XA2 have already been launched and cost around US$500 and US$1,000 respectively.

The main attraction of the HD-A20 will likely be full HD playback of movie titles. The machine supports 1080p (1080 horizontal lines of resolution and progressive scanning) output, which is the highest of several standards that falls within high-definition. Until now 1080p has only been available on the more expensive HD-XA2 model. The cheaper HD-A2 offered 1080i (1080 lines with interlaced scanning).

Many new flat-panel TV sets support 1080p, which is branded "Full HD," and Toshiba hopes the new player will appeal to those with a keen interest in picture quality.

The HD-XA2 still holds several advantages over the HD-A20 including support for a new version of the HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) standard that has wider color support. Dubbed "Deep Color," the function is available on HDMI 1.3 -- a standard that is on its top model. The HD-A20 supports standard HDMI 1.2.

Toshiba said sales plans for Europe and Japan are still under consideration. The company currently sells HD DVD players in the U.S. and Europe, but not in its home market of Japan.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Martyn Williams

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?