Friday, August 25, 2006

Fully Experience Movies in Lossless Surround Sound via Firmware Update (v2.0)

Toshiba America has released the third firmware update for HD-A1, HD-D1 and HD-XA1 sold in U.S. to version 2.0, ever since the HD DVD players debut in U.S./Canada back in April.

This firmware update adds support for certain anticipated network delivered content in future HD DVD discs, improves certain video and audio processing capabilities, as well as addresses certain disc playback and HDMI/DVI related problems identified by Toshiba.

Highlights of the update besides the fixes:

  • Support for Dolby TrueHD is extended from two channels to 5.1, which will be available in full resolution on the HDMI and analog 5.1 outputs and down-mixed to a DTS bit stream on the SPDIF output. Click on the logo below for more information on Dolby TrueHD. If you require the list of titles containing Dolby TrueHD, you could visit my HD DVD Release List where titles with Dolby TrueHD audio will have this [TrueHD] indicated next to this title.

  • Network enhancements that will help support anticipated future content from HD DVD disc publishers, support is added to accept or deny "cookies" (similar to internet browser cookies) and to specify the bandwidth available from the user's internet service.

Please first refer to the webpage Firmware Update Information for Owners of Toshiba HD DVD Players: Models HD-XA1, HD-A1, and HD-D1 for full details and upgrading instructions direct from Toshiba (America) before attempting to upgrade the firmware.



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