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Updated 14/11/2012Home » Video Glossary » HD-DVD


HD-DVD (High-Definition/Density DVD) was a high-density optical disc format for storing data and high-definition video.

Supported mainly by Toshiba, HD DVD was envisioned to be the successor to the standard DVD format. However, in February 2008, after a protracted format war with rival Blu-ray Disc, Toshiba abandoned the format, announcing it no longer developed or manufactured HD DVD players or drives. However, the HD DVD physical disc specifications (but not the codecs) were still in use as the basis for the China Blue High-definition Disc (CBHD) formerly called CH-DVD.

The HD DVD Promotion Group was dissolved on March 28, 2008.