New Toshiba HD DVD Firmware Update Soon?

Posted Wed Aug 9, 2006 at 12:43 PM PDT
Toshiba HD DVD Firmware Beta 1.9 Screenshot

Seems Toshiba is at it again with the firmware upgrades, as an online web leak hints that the company is on the verge of releasing the fourth firmware update in less than two months for its first-gen HD DVD players.

As first reported over at HD Beat, an anonymous tipster was able to obtain the latest firmware version 1.9 beta for Toshiba's HD-A1 and HD-XA1 HD DVD players. Seems some of the cool new features will include the ability to decode Dolby TrueHD soundtracks, a feat which has so far eluded early adopters, amongst other upgrades.

Though Toshiba's HD-A1 series suffered from some clunky production bugs at launch, the company continues to earn points with consumers for its swift -- if numerous -- firmware upgrades. Unlike beleaguered Blu-ray rival Samsung, who has yet to issue a single update for its much-derided, problem-plagued BD-P1000 first-gen Blu-ray player.

Stay tuned for an official announcement from Toshiba when HD DVD firmware version 1.9 is finally ready for distribution to consumers.

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Tags: Toshiba, Hardware (all tags)