1.3 million HD-DVD devices sold

Now that the HD war is officially over with Toshiba’s press release a few hours ago, the question is: what to do with 1.3 million HD-DVD devices sold so far. One solution is simply to continue using them for your already purchased HD-DVD discs, or to use them as a plain DVD player.

However, the ideal solution for these devices would be to have a special media-based Linux distro on it. There’s over 128 MB of internal storage on every one of these 6 HD-DVD models that Toshiba released, and each one has an Ethernet port too. What makes sense to me, is for Toshiba to fully publicize their hardware specs of all their 6 models, and write a Linux HD-DVD application to playback HD/DVD discs via Linux (and sell the app for like, $20 or so). At the same time, let the Linux community write and port applications and codecs and libraries, and make the HD-DVD devices powerful media streaming and web browsing devices (that can also playback A/V from discs too). From Theora and OGG to WMV and DivX and h.264. The only unknown is the amount of RAM these devices have.

I personally believe that this would be a pretty nice project given the fact that there are 1.3 million devices sold out there, and these babies can playback HD content without sweating. Who needs the AppleTV and its 720/24p and codec limits?

5 Comments »

irbis wrote on February 19th, 2008 at 3:51 AM PST:

Good idea. One more vote for it.


Patrick Davila wrote on February 19th, 2008 at 6:00 AM PST:

This is a great idea. I have the Toshiba HDA-3 and would love to turn it into a MythTV frontend. Instead of dumping all those old HD-DVD players into a landfill they could actually turn them into something useful. Toshiba would probably prefer to take the loss and move on instead of doing something cool for the community. I’ve started an iPetition here. (the above link may not be active yet)


Patrick Davila wrote on February 19th, 2008 at 6:11 AM PST:

The correct petition link is here and is active.


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Eugenia wrote on February 19th, 2008 at 6:16 AM PST:

ARGH. Patrick, didn’t you see that I edited your first post to make the link as HTML? I clearly ask on this blog to use HTML around normal words for links, please do NOT copy/paste links just like that. Thanks.


Luis wrote on February 19th, 2008 at 3:50 PM PST:

I’ve just read (in Spanish) that in Spain consumer associations are ready to ask for a refund from Toshiba. Even a public institution supports this idea.

Not strange. You can’t just sell 1.3 million devices and then leave everyone out in the cold. Don’t know how this will end, but Toshiba would be wise if they followed your advise…


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