CEDIA, DENVER, Sept. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba America Consumer
Products, L.L.C. ("Toshiba"), announced today a joint promotion with CBS
Home Entertainment for the launch of "Star Trek: The Original Series,"
Season 1 exclusively on HD DVD. Available on November 20th at retailers
nationwide, this boxed 10-disc set offers "Star Trek" fans the opportunity
to not only experience "Star Trek: The Original Series" in full high
definition for the first time, but will also allow viewing of the same
discs in standard DVD players. "Star Trek" Combo HD DVDs feature HD DVD on
one side of the disc and standard DVD on the other.
To support this historic launch, Toshiba has teamed up with CBS Home
Entertainment, with plans to offer purchasers of the boxed set and any
Toshiba HD DVD player an exclusive, limited edition "Star Trek" Phaser
remote control that will operate Toshiba's HD DVD players. This promotion
is planned to coincide with the launch of the "Star Trek" HD DVD boxed set.
"To be part of bringing the pioneering episodes of the landmark 'Star
Trek' franchise to fans is truly special," said Jodi Sally, Vice President
of Marketing, Toshiba's Digital A/V Group. "Taking advantage of all HD DVD
has to offer, 'Star Trek: The Original Series' will be presented with
interactive capabilities and a level of visual and audio sophistication
fans of the series have never experienced. With this offer fans can also
get their hands on merchandise that will not be available any other way."
The leading-edge technology in Toshiba HD DVD players will enable "Star
Trek" fans to access thrilling interactive capabilities such as
picture-in-picture video commentaries, the ability to compare visual
effects in the re-mastered episodes versus the originals and to take an
interactive tour of the Starship Enterprise, for a detailed exploration of
"Part of the appeal of 'Star Trek' is the spirit of its characters to
embrace and utilize cutting-edge technology," said Jeffrey Nemerovski, Vice
President of Business Development for CBS Home Entertainment. "The
technology, power and innovation of HD DVD has allowed us to present 'Star
Trek: The Original Series' in an unprecedented way. With the choice of
either watching in HD or SD, there truly is no risk in the disc.
Enthusiasts can now explore the original episodes and become immersed in
picture quality and disc features in a manner not previously possible
without HD DVD."
Meticulously remastered from the original camera negative, each classic
episode is presented in pristine condition with new state-of-the-art
digital visual effects and a new 5.1 soundtrack. Both the DVD and HD DVD
presentations include rare on-set home movie footage, an inside perspective
on what it took to transport 'Trek' into the 21st century ... and much
more. Showcasing graphics with a 3D look and feel, the interactive
"Starfleet Access" menu interface will allow HD viewers to activate icons
on seven episodes to provide such features as picture-in-picture video
commentaries and an interactive tour of the Starship Enterprise.
In addition to visually experiencing "Star Trek" in a new way through
HD DVD, fans of "The Original Series" can enjoy the classic "Star Trek"
musical score and sound effects in advanced audio, immersing fans in the
complete HD experience.
HD DVD with high-definition content required for HD viewing.
Up-conversion of DVD content will result in near HD picture quality.
Viewing high-definition content and up-converting DVD content may require
an HDCP capable DVI or HDMI input on your display device. HDMI audio output
requires connection to a PCM capable device. DolbyTM Digital Plus, DolbyTM
TrueHD and DTSTM support for up to 5.1 channels (DTS HDTM support for DTSTM
core only). MP3/WMA audio files not supported. Firmware update may be
required for some interactive features depending on content, which may also
require an always-on broadband internet connection. Some features may
require additional bandwidth. To take advantage of web-enabled network
content, installing the latest firmware (ver.2.3 for HD DVD player models
HD-XA1, HD-A1, and HD-D1; ver.2.2 for HD-XA2, HD-A2, HD-A2W, HD-D2, HD-A2C,
and HD-A20; and ver.1.0 for HD-A35, HD-A30, and HD-A3) is required.
Web-enabled features require an always on broadband connection along with
specific movie titles that include this form of content. Some features
subject to delayed availability. Because HD DVD is a new format that makes
use of new technologies, certain disc, digital connection and other
compatibility and/or performance issues are possible. This may, in rare
cases, include disc freezing while accessing certain disc features or
functions, or certain parts of the disc not playing back or operating as
fully intended. If you experience such issues, please refer to the FAQ
sections of http://www.toshibahddvd.com or http://www.tacp.toshiba.com for
information on possible work-around solutions or the availability of
firmware updates that may resolve your problem, or contact Toshiba Customer
Solutions. While every effort has been made at the time of publication to
ensure the accuracy of the information provided herein, product
specifications, configurations, system/component/options availability are
all subject to change without notice.
About CBS Home Entertainment
CBS Home Entertainment manages the worldwide DVD business for the CBS
Corporation across all lines of content including current hits and classic
series from the CBS library, as well as new releases from Showtime Video.
CBS Home Entertainment products are release on the CBS DVD label.
About Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C.
Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C. is owned by Toshiba America,
Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, a world leader in high
technology products with subsidiaries worldwide. Toshiba is a pioneer in HD
DVD, DVD and DVD Recorder technology and a leading manufacturer of a full
line of home entertainment products, including flat panel TV, combination
products and portable devices. Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C. is
headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey. For additional information, please
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