Tosh unveils HD-DVD burner for the PC

Written by Wil Harris

January 8, 2007 | 00:40

Tags: #burner #hd-dvd

Companies: #toshiba

Toshiba has unveiled one of the first HD-DVD burners for the PC, dubbed the SD-H903A.

It writes to HD-DVD discs at a scarily slow 1x, and also manages to write to DVD +/- R, DVD-RAM, DVD +/- RW, CD-R, and CD-RW. Phew! It also has an 8MB buffer for reliable writing - although with HD-DVD writing, you could possibly use a bit more.

HD-DVD discs can store up to 30GB on a dual-layer disc.

It will play HD-DVD movies that are encoded with HDCP copy protection. However, if you just want to playback movies, a cheaper option is probably going to be to hack apart the Xbox 360 HD-DVD add-on drive, which is just a 5.25" drive in a USB case.

There are no prices as of yet, but expected it to cost a good few hundred quid.

Do you fancy having HD-DVD as a backup option? With the recent news that the AACS copy protection has been cracked, do you fancy becoming an HD pirate? Let us know your thoughts over in the forums.
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