Toshiba embraces Blu-ray

Former HD-DVD advocate joins format's governing body and preps BD enabled laptops
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Toshiba is to begin offering Blu-ray as an option on its laptops later this year.

The vendor had been the main backer of rival high definition media format HD-DVD, but pulled out earlier this year when it became apparent Blu-ray had gained an unbeatable foothold.

It said in a short statement that it had applied for membership of the Blu-ray Disc Association – the standards authority for the format – and expected to begin shipping its first Blu-ray enabled products at the end of this year.

"In light of recent growth in digital devices supporting the Blu-ray format, combined with market demand from consumers and retailers alike, Toshiba has decided to join the BDA," a spokesperson for Toshiba said.