Toshiba has launched the latest firmware upgrade for its two first-gen HD DVD disc players, adding support for network-delivered content in HD DVD discs, expected to be released this fall.
Toshiba posted intructions for downloading the firmware, dubbed Version 2.1, to its official site earlier this week. The upgrade supports its two first-gen HD DVD players only, the models HD-A1 and HD-XA1.
The official statement from Toshiba on what is contained in the download is as follows:
"This firmware update adds support for certain anticipated network delivered content in future HD DVD discs, improves certain video and audio processing capabilities, as well as addresses certain disc playback and HDMI/DVI related problems identified by Toshiba."
Though no HD DVD titles with network-connected features have yet been announced, it's good to see Toshiba continuing to support their first-gen hardware devices, as well as preparing for next-gen connectivity well ahead of time. (Here's hoping they'll soon provide an update for the rash of recently-reported incompatibility issues with their second-gen players and select HD DVD discs.)
For those unable or opting not to download the upgrade directly (which requires using the Ethernet port on the back of your HD DVD Player), Toshiba is also offering a firmware CD to registered consumers via postal mail. For more information on the CD version of the upgrade, visit the Toshiba Version 2.1 firmware download webpage.