Toshiba has said that sales of next-generation DVD recorders in Japan would fall far short of initial estimates - down 66 per cent from 400,000 to 135,000 units to March 2008.

Long time readers may have remembered how we kicked up a bit of a fuss about the launch 2-horse next-gen race between BluRay and HD-DVD. We wondered what the point really was and why people would really want a better quality DVD when downloads were becoming more prominent. Turns out that the rest of the world – or at least Japan – feels the same. The FT reports that Toshiba has said that sales of next-generation DVD recorders in Japan would fall far short of initial estimates – down 66 per cent from 400,000 to 135,000 units to March 2008.

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