Here's an article I found in the German Boersenreport (from the end of April). There are hopes yet. "Sony Corp. and Toshiba Corp. are discussing a new unified standard for next-generation DVD format, according to a Financial Times report on Thursday. Executives from the two firms are stepping up negotiations on the possibility of merging Sony`s Blu-ray disc technology with Toshiba`s HD-DVD format, Financial Times reported. A solution to end the standoff between their competing products will come out as early as this month, said the Nihon Keizai business daily. The two rivals have been making efforts to have their technological standards adopted by the industry. With a storage capacity of up to 50 Gigabyte for Blu-ray, the standard is considered more advanced than its competitor. HD DVD might be limited to 30 Gigabyte, but it is already on the market and is less expensive. Sony says of the possible deal, "In the area of next-generation optical discs, we continue to be open to discussions with supporters of other formats consistent with our focus," said a Sony spokeswoman. "We can`t comment on specifics beyond that at this time."