Ars Technica: In an effort to swing the tide in the high-definition format wars, Toshiba has announced the release of the first set of titles that support Internet connectivity features on second-generation HD DVD players. Although HD DVD and Blu-ray both launched last year, neither format is currently sporting all of their planned features. While we’re still waiting for managed copy to appear later this year, Toshiba is talking up some of the interactive features which will be featured in releases that are already out, or just around the corner.
The first title is the Japanese animated film Freedom, released last week. Freedom sports the relatively modest features of downloading an additional movie trailer, changing menu styles, and downloading different subtitles. A networked HD DVD player will grab all of this content from an online content server.
The HD DVD version of the hit film 300, due out at the end of July, will offer more substantial bonuses such as a strategy game and the ability to re-edit the movie in a different sequence and upload the results to a server hosted by Warner Bros. Blood Diamond, coming out on July 3 in HD DVD format, will offer an online poll as part of the special features.