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The Authoritative HD DVD FAQ: IX. Industry Support, Prices, and Availability
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IX. Industry Support, Prices, and Availability
     a. What companies create and support HD DVD formats?
     b. What movie studios, music publishers, and distributors support HD DVD?
     c. How much do consumer electronics HD DVD players and game consoles cost?
     d. How much do consumer electronics HD DVD recorders cost?
     e. How much do HD DVD-ROM drives cost?
     f. How much do commercial HD DVD movie titles cost?
     g. How much do blank HD DVD discs cost?
     h. How much do HD DVD computer recorders cost?

     i. What companies manufacture HD DVD-ROM discs?
     j. What companies provide HD DVD verification services?
     k. How much does HD DVD-Video authoring software cost?

What companies create and support HD DVD formats?
HD DVD was initially proposed in 2002 by Toshiba and NEC as Advanced Optical Disc (AOD) and later adopted by the DVD Forum in Nov. 2003. The DVD Forum (originally DVD Consortium) is an alliance of manufacturers founded in 1995 by Hitachi, Matsushita Electric, Mitsubishi Electric, Pioneer, Philips Electronics, Sony, Thomson, Time Warner, Toshiba and JVC.

Although the DVD Forum develops and administers all HD DVD format specifications, many of its contributors back competing Blu-ray Disc (BD). Thus, market development comes by way of the HD DVD Promotion Group (HDDVDPRG), a separate association of manufacturers founded in Dec. 2004. As of Mar. 2008, the HDDVDPRG consisted of 135 members and associates and is lead by Toshiba, NEC, Memory-Tech and Sanyo Electric.

On Feb. 19, 2008, Toshiba announced that it would no longer develop, manufacture and market HD DVD players and recorders. The HD DVD Promotion Group was dissolved on March 28, 2008.

On Dec. 15, 2008, Netflix discontinued rental of HD DVD discs.

HD DVD Promotion Group Membership List (as of March 3, 2008):

Chair: Toshiba Corporation; Vice Chair: Memory-Tech Corporation, NEC Corporation; Auditor: Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd.; Secretary: Toshiba Corporation.

Managing Members: Memory-Tech Corporation, NEC Corporation, Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd., Toshiba Corporation.

General Members: Almedio Inc., Alpine Electronics, Inc., Bandai Visual Co., Ltd., Broadcom Corporation, Canon Inc., CMC Magnetics Corporation, Corel Corporation, D&M Holdings Inc., DTS, Inc., Expert Magnetics Corp., Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd., Fujitsu Limited, Funai Electric Co., Ltd., Gibson Musical Instruments, GM Records, Hewlett-Packard Company, Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Imation Corp., Intel Corporation, ITRI, Justsystem Corporation, Kadokawa Holdings, Inc., Kenwood Corporation, Kinyosha Printing Co.,Ltd., Konica Minolta Opto, Inc., Lenovo Japan, McRAY Corporation, Memory-Tech Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media Co., Ltd./Verbatim, Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., Moser Baer India Ltd., NEC Corporation, NEC Electronics Corporation, Nihon VTR Inc., Oerlikon Japan Co., Ltd., Onkyo Corporation, Paramount Home Entertainment, Pony Canyon Inc., Pony Canyon Enterprise Inc., Prodisc Technology Inc., Protron Digital Inc., Pulsetec Industrial Co., Ltd., Q-Tec, Inc., Ricoh Company Ltd., Ritek Corporation, Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Sonopress GmbH, Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd., Teac Corporation, Teijin Chemicals Ltd., Toemi Media Solutions Limited, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba Digital Frontiers Inc., Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Corporation, Toshiba-EMI Limited, Trendy Corporation, Ulead Systems, Inc., Universal Pictures and Warner Home Video Inc..

Associate Members: Acer Inc., Acses Co., Ltd., Ad Seeds Co.,Ltd, Allion Test Labs, Inc., Altech ADS Co., Ltd., AudioDev AB, ArcSoft, Inc, B.H.A Corporation, Beko Elektronik, CDN Corporation, LTD., Clariant Japan, CyberLink Corp., Daikin Industries, Ltd., Daiko.co, Ltd., Daxon Technology Inc., Dedicated Devices, Inc., DigiOn, Inc., Digital Site Corporation, Disc Labo Corp., Dolby Laboratories International Services Inc. Japan Branch, dr. schwab Inspection Technology GmbH, DT Japan Inc., EBISTRADE, INC., Entertainment Network Inc., EXA International, Finepack Co., Ltd., Flag, Inc., Fuji Plastic Co., Ltd., Fuji Seiki Co., Ltd., Gear Software, Inc, Hamamatsu Metrix Co., Ltd., Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation, Hoei Sangyo Co. Ltd., IDE-AVA, IMAGICA Corp., Info Source Multi Media Korea Ltd., Infodisc Technology Co., Ltd., JP Co., Ltd., Kaleidescape, Inc., Megan Media Holdings Bhd, Mitomo Co. Ltd., MPO International, Nero AG, NetBlender, Inc., NHK Technical Services, Inc., Nichia Corporation, Nikkatsu Corporation, nixbu Entertainment GmbH & Co. KG, Omnibus Japan, Onken Corporation, Online Media Technologies Ltd., Origin Electric Co. Ltd., Outpost FX (AB) International, Pegasys, Inc., Pico House Co., Ltd., Pixela Corporation, Plasmon OMS Sarl, PROBOXX Inc., Pryaid Records Inc., Query Inc., Sanken Media Product Co., Ltd., Shibaura Mechatronics Corporation, Sonic Solutions, Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd., Super Vision, Inc., Toei Video Co. Ltd., Toho Company Limited, Tokyo Laboratory Ltd., TOPTICA Photonics AG, Toyo Recording Co., Ltd., Transmix Co., Ltd., U-Tech Media Corp., VAP Inc. and Visionare Corporation.

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What movie studios, music publishers, and distributors support HD DVD?
As of Jan. 2008, a number of domestic and foreign studios, independents, broadcasters and distributors have released or announced that they will offer movies, television shows and music in HD DVD format. These include:

Movies and Entertainment:
Warner Bros. (Warner Home Video, HBO Video/Castle Rock Entertainment, Turner Entertainment Company, New Line Home Entertainment) [until May 2008], Paramount Home Entertainment (Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Animation SKG, DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Nickelodeon Movies, MTV Films), Universal Pictures (Universal Studios Home Entertainment), Magnolia Home Entertainment, HDNet, BCI/Navarre, The Weinstein Company (Genius Products), Toshiba Entertainment, R&B Films, Koch Entertainment Distribution, The Picture Company, Bandai Visual, Pony Canyon, GHD, Shochiku, Kadokawa Pictures, Fuji Telecasting, DVD Acquisition and Development Group (DVD International), BBC Video, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Digital Leisure, Big River Pictures, Studio Canal, nixbu Entertainment, First Look Pictures, HDenvironments, Terwilliger Productions, Digital Playground, Vivid Entertainment, Wicked Pictures, Mantra Films, LFP Video Group, High Def Home Entertainment, Razor Digital Entertainment, Concorde Home Entertainment and others.

Music
Eagle Rock Entertainment, Concert Hot Spot, Rhino Entertainment, Live Nation, Videoarts Music, Surround Records, Image Entertainment, Interscope Records, Columbia Records and others.

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How much do consumer electronics HD DVD players and game consoles cost?
As of Nov. 2008, HD DVD consumer electronics (CE) players are no longer available.

HD DVD Consumer Electronics Player Prices
(as of Nov. 2008)

Brand/Manufacturer

Model

Type

MSRP (US$)

Availability (North America)

Integra

DHS-8.8

HD DVD

$1,099

discontinued

LG

BH100

HD DVD/BD

$999

discontinued

LG

BH200

HD DVD/BD

$999

discontinued

Microsoft

Xbox 360 Arcade

HD DVD

$409

discontinued

Microsoft

Xbox 360 w/ HD DVD player

HD DVD

$479

discontinued

Microsoft

Xbox 360 Elite w/ HD DVD player

HD DVD

$579

discontinued

Microsoft

Xbox 360 Halo 3 SE w/ HD DVD player

HD DVD

$529

discontinued

Microsoft

Xbox 360 Core w/ HD DVD player

HD DVD

$459

discontinued

Onkyo

DV-HD805

HD DVD

$899

discontinued

RCA

HDV5000

HD DVD

$499

discontinued

Samsung

BD-UP5000

HD DVD/BD

$799

discontinued

Toshiba

HD-XA2

HD DVD

$799

discontinued

Toshiba

HD-A3

HD DVD

$149

discontinued

Toshiba

HD-A30

HD DVD

$199

discontinued

Toshiba

HD-A35

HD DVD

$299

discontinued

Toshiba

HD-A1

HD DVD

$499

discontinued

Toshiba

HD-XA1

HD DVD

$799

discontinued

Toshiba

HD-A2

HD DVD

$299

discontinued

Toshiba

HD-A20

HD DVD

$399

discontinued

Venturer/Alco Electronics

SHD7000

HD DVD

$249

discontinued

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How much do HD DVD consumer electronics recorders cost?
As of June 2007, Toshiba is shipping two HD DVD/hard disk consumer electronics (CE) recorders in Japan at suggested retail prices of roughly $1,220 and $1,620 (U.S.). Prices and units destined for the U.S. and other markets have yet to be announced.

HD DVD Consumer Electronics Recorder Prices
(as of Oct. 2007)

Brand/Manufacturer

Model

MSRP (exchanged to US$)

Availability (Japan)

Toshiba

RD-A300

$1,220

current

Toshiba

RD-A600

$1,620

current

Toshiba

RD-A301

$900

Dec. 2007

Discontinued

 

 

 

Toshiba

RD-A1

$3,450

discontinued

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How much do HD DVD-ROM drives cost?
As of Jan. 2008, Toshiba, Hewlett-Packard, Acer and Asus are shipping PC notebook computers equipped with HD DVD-ROM drives or combination HD DVD-ROM drive/Super Multi DVD recorders. Hewlett-Packard, Acer, Vidabox and Niveus Media offer PC desktop or media center computers with HD DVD-ROM drives or various combination HD DVD-ROM drives/recorders.

HD DVD-ROM/Combo Drive Prices
(as of Jan. 2008)

Brand/Manufacturer

Model

Form Factor

MSRP (US$)

Availability (North America)

Addonics

Zebra

external

$409-$429

current

Asus

HR-0205T

internal HH

 

 

Buffalo

BRHC-6316U2

external

$649

Q1 2008

Hewlett-Packard

HD100

external

$699

current

LG

GGC-H20LI

internal HH

$299

current

LG

GGW-H20LI

internal HH

$399

current

LG

GGW-E10L

external

TBA

TBA

Microsoft

Xbox 360 HD DVD-ROM player

external

$179

current

Toshiba

SD-H802A

internal HH

 

 

TSST

TS-L802A

simline

OEM

current

 

 

 

 

 

Discontinued

LG

GGW-H10N

internal HH

$1,119

discontinued

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How much do commercial HD DVD movie titles cost?
As of May 2006, movie titles from Warner Home Video and Universal Studios Home Entertainment have suggested U.S. retail prices ranging from $28.99 to $29.95 for HD DVD discs and $29.95 to $34.95 for HD DVD/DVD Combo discs.

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How much do blank HD DVD discs cost?
As of Feb. 2007, Verbatim, Imation, Memorex, Maxell, Moser Baer and Ritek are shipping individually packaged blank HD DVD-R (SL) discs with U.S. suggested retail prices ranging from $15.99 to $24.99. Several other manufacturers and marketers are developing or have announced that they will offer blank HD DVD discs. They include Ricoh, Fuji Photo Film, CMC Magnetics, Prodisc and Optodisc.

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How much do HD DVD computer recorders cost?
As of Feb. 2007, Toshiba is shipping (Canada and Japan) PC notebook computers equipped with HD DVD-R recorders with suggested retail prices starting at roughly (U.S.) $2,899. Introduction in the U.S. is expected sometime in the third quarter. Announced by Toshiba in Jan. 2007, an internal HD DVD-R desktop computer recorder was never released to the market.

HD DVD Computer Recorder Prices
(as of June 2007)

Brand/Manufacturer

Model

Form Factor

Type

MSRP (US$)

Availability (North America)

Toshiba

SD-H903A

internal HH

HD DVD-R

TBA

TBA

Toshiba

SD-L902A

slimline

HD DVD-R

OEM

current

Toshiba

SD-L912A

slimline

HD DVD-R/RW

OEM

July 2007

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What companies manufacture HD DVD-ROM discs?
As of Dec. 2008, Memory-Tech Corporation, Cinram International, Sonopress, Technicolor Home Entertainment Services, Deluxe Digital Studios, MPO, optimal media production GmbH, Duplico 2000, Quantum Optical Laboratories (QOL), U-Tech Media Corp., SF Video, Markon, Laser-Video Multimedia, RepliMaster, Grupo Gema, Duplas Avelca, ODS Business Services Group GmbH, Infodisc Technology GmbH, CMC Magnetics/Vigobyte de Mexico, CDA Datenträger Albrechts GmbH and Victor Creative Media Co. Ltd. (formerly Victor Company of Japan/JVC) replicate prerecorded (pressed) HD DVD discs.

As a matter of background, according to the research firm Understanding & Solutions, Cinram, Technicolor, Sony and Sonopress accounted for 74% of North American prerecorded DVD disc production in 2006 while Technicolor, ODS Business Services, Cinram, Sony and Sonopress replicated 57% of the DVDs manufactured in Europe.

Major clients of these replicators include:

Cinram: Warner Home Video, Warner Music Group, New Line Home Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, MGM Home Entertainment, Artisan Entertainment/Lions Gate, Alliance Atlantis and EMI Group.

Technicolor: Disney, Universal Studios, Paramount/Dreamworks and Microsoft.

Quantum Optical Laboratories (QOL): TF1, M6, Europa Corp., Canal+, Pathe, Editions Atlas, Warner Home Video, Universal Pictures, Paramount and Fox.

HD DVD-ROM Disc Replicator Capabilities
(as of Feb. 2008)*

Replicator

3x DVD5

3x DVD9

HD DVD15

HD DVD30

Combo
5/15

Combo 5/30

Combo 9/15

Combo 9/30

Twin

CDA Datenträger Albrechts GmbH

Germany

Germany

Cinram International

Olyphant, PA

Olyphant, PA

Olyphant, PA

Olyphant, PA

Olyphant, PA

Olyphant, PA

Olyphant, PA

Olyphant, PA

CMC Magnetics/Vigobyte de Mexico

 

 

Tijuana, Mexico

Tijuana, Mexico

 

 

Tijuana, Mexico

Tijuana, Mexico

Deluxe Digital Studios

Burbank, CA (check discs)

Burbank, CA (check discs)

Burbank, CA (check discs)

Burbank, CA (check discs)

Burbank, CA (check discs)

 

 

 

Burbank, CA (check discs)

Infodisc Technology GmbH

 

 

Renchen, Germany

Renchen, Germany

Memory-Tech Corporation

Japan

Japan

Japan

Japan

 

 

 

Japan

Japan

MPO

Averton, France; Madrid, Spain; Bangkok, Thailand

Averton, France; Madrid, Spain; Bangkok, Thailand

Averton, France

Averton, France

Averton, France

Averton, France

ODS Business Services Group GmbH

 

 

Germany; Poland

Germany; Poland

Germany; Poland

 

 

 

Germany; Poland

optimal media production GmbH

Röbel/Müritz, Germany

Röbel/Müritz, Germany

Röbel/Müritz, Germany

Röbel/Müritz, Germany

Röbel/Müritz, Germany

Quantum Optical Laboratories (QOL)

Vernouillet, France

Vernouillet, France

Vernouillet, France

Vernouillet, France

Vernouillet, France

 

 

 

Vernouillet, France

SF Video, Inc.

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA

 

Sonopress

Gütersloh, Germany; Weaverville, NC

Gütersloh, Germany; Weaverville, NC

Gütersloh, Germany; Weaverville, NC

Gütersloh, Germany; Weaverville, NC

Gütersloh, Germany; Weaverville, NC

Weaverville, NC

Weaverville, NC

Weaverville, NC

Gütersloh, Germany; Weaverville, NC

Technicolor Home Entertainment Services **

U-Tech Media Corp.

Tao Yuan Shien, Taiwan

Tao Yuan Shien, Taiwan

Tao Yuan Shien, Taiwan

Tao Yuan Shien, Taiwan

Tao Yuan Shien, Taiwan

Tao Yuan Shien, Taiwan

Tao Yuan Shien, Taiwan

Tao Yuan Shien, Taiwan

Tao Yuan Shien, Taiwan

Victor Creative Media Co. Ltd

Japan

Japan

Japan

Japan

Japan

 

 

 

Japan

* Replication capability information collected directly from manufacturers.
** Technicolor manufactures all of its HD DVD discs in Camarillio, CA but does not disclose the specific types.

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What companies provide HD DVD verification services?
As of Nov. 2007, the DVD Forum has established several laboratories to provide verification services to HD DVD product manufacturers. They include Cinram, Crest Digital, DaTARIUS, Hitachi, ITRI, LG, Memory Tech, NEC, Samsung, Sanyo and Toshiba (see chart).

HD DVD Class-A Verification Laboratories
(as of Nov. 2007)

Product

Cinram

Crest
Digital

DaTARIUS

Hitachi

ITRI

LG

Memory
Tech

NEC

Samsung

Sanyo

Toshiba

Disc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HD DVD-ROM

X

X

X

 

X

 

X

X

 

X

X

HD DVD-Video (ROM)

 

X

X

 

X

 

X

 

 

X

X

HD DVD-Video (3x ROM)

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

HD DVD-R (SL/DL)

 

 

X

X

 

X

X

 

X

X

HD DVD-RW (SL/DL)

 

 

X

X

 

 

X

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HD DVD-ROM

 

X

X

X

 

 

X

 

X

X

HD DVD-R

 

 

X

X

 

 

X

 

X

X

HD DVD-RW

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

X

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Player/Decoder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HD DVD-Video

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recorder/Encoder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HD DVD-R Video (VR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

HD DVD-RW Video (VR)

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

HD Rec for R/RW/RAM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

HD Rec for R/RW

X

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How much does HD DVD-Video authoring software cost?
As of Feb. 2008, Memory-Tech, Pinnacle Systems, Corel, NetBlender and Apple offer HD DVD-Video authoring software with U.S. suggested retail prices ranging from $79 for consumer packages to more than $200,000 for professional tools.

HD DVD-Video Authoring Software
(as of Feb. 2008)

Package

Publisher

Platform

Standard Content

Advanced Content

MSRP (US$)

DoStudio MX

NetBlender Inc.

PC

 

X

$249/month

Final Cut Studio 2 (DVD Studio Pro 4)

Apple Inc.

Mac

X

 

$1,299

HD DVD Authoring - High Profile Edition

Memory-Tech

PC

X

X

$200,000+

HD DVD Authoring - Studio Profile Edition

Memory-Tech

PC

X

X

$50,000+

HD DVD Interactivity Jumpstart

Microsoft

PC

 

X

no charge

Pinnacle Studio Plus 11

Pinnacle Systems

PC

X

 

$99

Pinnacle Studio Ultimate 11

Pinnacle Systems

PC

X

 

$129

Ulead DVD MovieFactory 6 Plus

Corel Corporation

PC

X

 

$79

Ulead VideoStudio 11 Plus

Corel Corporation

PC

X

 

$129

HD DVD-Video Development Tools
(as of Dec. 2007)

Package

Publisher

Platform

Type

Price

Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator

Microsoft Corp.

Xbox 360/PC

Emulator

$2,999

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