The emergence of HD DVD (High Definition DVD or High Definition DVD) can be called an evolution of the format. The main hope of the company Toshiba, the main developer of the new standard, placed on the possibility of a simple majority of re industrial equipment for the production of conventional DVD discs in the production of the new format because of identity technology, which could not affect the cost of the most favorable way to consumers. History Standard HD DVD – the joint development of the companies Toshiba, NEC and Sanyo. Initially the format was called 'Advanced Optical Disc' – AOD ('advanced optical disk'). But on 19 November 2003, it was renamed to HD DVD decision of the DVD Forum, now numbering more than 200 companies.
A little later on format support announced by such giants of the computer world like Microsoft and Intel, but because the market game discs and discs with the software market is hardly less video. Especially when taking into account the fact that modern Computers, laptops and even gaming consoles allow you to play the video and HD formats. Since the format was intended largely for the storage of high-definition video support was very important standard leaders of the film industry. And at the end of 2004 to support HD DVD have such major studios as Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, New Line Cinema and Warner Brothers. One feature of the format attracted the studio, was the fact that hybrid drives could contain the video as a new HD DVD, and has the usual DVD, and it allows you to view a disc on the players of both formats.