Toshiba has fired another salvo in the war between the competing high-definition DVD formats by releasing a new range of HD-DVD players in the US.
Dubbed "second generation" HD-DVD players despite only coming to the market six months after the first generation, the HD-A2 and HD-XA2 players have a sleeker design than the boxy originals.
The HD-XA2 outputs at 1080p resolution using HDMI 1.3 and will cost $999 (£530) when it is released in the US in December. The HD-A2, which is out in October, offers 1080i output for $499 (£265).
Niveus Media has also announced its new HD-DVD-enabled media centre PC, which will be released at the end of September.
A number of high-definition movies have also been added to the HD-DVD line-up, including The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift from Universal Studios, Batman Begins and Polar Express from Warner Home Video and a range of music concert releases from Rhino Entertainment and Image Entertainment.
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