Toshiba has announced that current users of Toshiba HD DVD players can enjoy the web-enabled network capabilities by updating to the latest HD DVD player firmware, now available from Toshiba.
Using the ethernet ports found on all Toshiba HD DVD players, and the currently available firmware update, once connected to the network, users can download bonus features, as available, from a movie studio's server.
This data is then saved in the player's persistent storage and can be accessed by the user.
In addition to downloading new bonus features, some
HD DVD discs may even include locked prerecorded content which can be unlocked with a downloadable key from the studio's online server.
"Through web-enabled network connectivity, HD DVD is unlocking the door to an entirely new world of entertainment and once again achieving another
milestone in next generation DVD", said Jodi Sally, vice president of marketing, Toshiba's Digital A/V Group.
"With HD DVD, studios have the ability to develop new and unique content for movie fans, enabling consumers to have an entirely new way to access entertainment and customize
their home movie experience that is currently not available with any other format."