Toshiba SD-3000 DVD player

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DVD — var­i­ously de­fined as Dig­i­tal Ver­sa­tile Disc or Dig­i­tal Video Disc — was de­vel­oped by Pana­sonic, Sony, and Toshiba, but it was Toshiba’s lead­er­ship in com­mer­cial op­ti­cal stor­age that en­abled the com­pany to score ‘first to mar­ket’ points with the SD-3000. The player cost $1000 US dol­lars and led a re­mark­ably ten­ta­tive launch for what re­mains, 20 years later, still the phys­i­cal movie for­mat of choice for many users, de­spite two gen­er­a­tions of op­ti­cal disc suc­ceed­ing it. At the time deal­ers were wor­ried about foist­ing a new ‘LaserDisc’ on the pub­lic, after that for­mat’s is­sues with price and avail­abil­ity, so there was some rea­son­able doubt over the man­u­fac­turer’s claims that these discs would be “the main­stream home en­ter­tain­ment de­liv­ery ve­hi­cle into the 21st cen­tury”. But for once, the mar­ket­ing hype proved ab­so­lutely spot on...

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