Found this here Talks with Hollywood studios could delay the release of the next-generation DVD format. Toshiba is considering holding off the launch of its HD DVD line-up until next year, according to reports from the company's Tokyo HQ. Toshiba originally planned for the technology to be widely available by the end of the year but, following talks with Hollywood studios to best determine the best possible release date, a delay is likely to occur. So far Toshiba is the only company to publicly mention the slip, with other firms backing the format still looking at a 2005 release. However, since Toshiba is pioneering the technology the delay is likely to have a knock-on effect to everyone involved. Advertisement Even if HD DVD does slip by another six months it should still launch ahead of its direct competitor, Sony's Blu-Ray. Blu-Ray is expected to debut with the launch of the PlayStation 3 in Japan, rumoured to be around Easter next year. Both Blu-Ray and PS3 are unlikely to appear in Europe until at least the end of next year.