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Old 09-04-2007, 07:19 PM   #16  
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That response is ridiculous, who do they have working at BB? A bunch of adolescents, that donít know Jack from Shit?

BlockBuster will be singing a different tune later in the Q4 2007, just wait & see. Then they will come out with a press release stating that they will now carry HD DVD's due to demand
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Old 09-04-2007, 08:05 PM   #17  
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That response is ridiculous, who do they have working at BB? A bunch of adolescents, that donít know Jack from Shit?

BlockBuster will be singing a different tune later in the Q4 2007, just wait & see. Then they will come out with a press release stating that they will now carry HD DVD's due to demand
Ouch! That might really hurt BD if that happens. It would mean BBI went neutral. Bye bye exclusive.

Well - they can always depend on a BJ . . . I mean BJ's
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Old 09-04-2007, 10:08 PM   #18  
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here is the response Blockbuster gave me when i e-mailed them:

Greetings Paolo,

Thank you for taking the time to write and for your interest in BLOCKBUSTER Canada. We are always looking for ways to expand our products and services in all our communities across Canada.

At the present time, BLU RAY and HD DVD formats are available for rental in 75 select "test stores" in Canada. While we do not have a time-line, we do hope to roll these out nationally this year if consumer acceptance continues to grow. The list of the 75 test stores is available on our website www.BLOCKBUSTER.ca

AIRDRIE-Main/Center
AURORA - Yonge/Murray Dr.
AYLMER-Chemin d'/Fraser
BOWMANVILLE-King/Lambert
BURLINGTON - Brant/Victoria
CALGARY-Shawville/162nd
CALGARY-32nd/36th Ave.
CALGARY-High Street
CALGARY-17th Ave/6th St
CALGARY - 17th Ave./37th St.
CALGARY - Crowfoot Terr. NW
CALGARY - Brentwood/Charle
CALGARY - Centre/Beddingtn
CALGARY - Stewart/Richmond.
CHATEAU-St.Jean/Francis
CHATHAM-St.Clair/McNaugh
COTE ST LUC-Cote/Silvers
DOLLARD-DES-St-Jean/Rogr
EDMONTON-avenue road
EDMONTON - 104th Ave./115 St.
EDMONTON - 23 Ave./56 St.
EDMONTON - 66 Ave./178 St.
EDMONTON - 109th St./23rd
FORT ST. JOHN-93rd/96th
GATINEAU-Belle/Bowl Maln
GRD PRAIRIE - 114th/100th
HALIFAX - Lacewood/Dunbrack
HALIFAX-Quinpool/Robie
HAMILTON-Dundurn Plaza
HULL-St. Joseph/Marquete
KESWICK-Queens/Glenwoods
KIRKLND-St Char/Ant Fucn
KIRKLND-St.Charls/Kirkln
KITCHERER-Weber/Fergus
LONDON - Richmond/Fanshawe
MAPLE RDG - Lougheed/216th
MDCNE HT-Carry/Trn Cnda
MISSISSAUGA-Erin/Erin Ml
MONTREAL-Sher/Honore-Bea
MONTREAL-Ste-Cathrn/Fort
NEPEAN-Greenbank/Larkin
NORTH BAY - Shirf/Algonqun
OAKVILLE-Monastery/Notng
ORLEANS-Innes & Portebello
OSHAWA-Taunton/Ritson Rd
OTTAWA-St.Laurent/Smythe
PENTICTON-Main/Rosetown
PETRBRGH-Chemong/Wolsely
PIERREFONDS-Des Sources
PINCOURT-Cardinal/Autort
QUEBEC-St Dorthy
REGINA-Albert/Parliament
SASKATOON-8 St/Cumberlnd
SHERWOOD PARK-Nottingham
ST.ALBERT-Bellerose/Albe
ST.CATHARINES-Lake/Scott
ST.HUBERT-Cousin/Gaetan
ST JOHNS-Torbay/McDonald
SUDBURY-Regent/Paris
TIMMINS - Algonquin//Water
TORONTO - Humbertown Plaza
TORONTO - Avenue Rd./Fairlawn
TORONTO - Bayview/Millwood
TORONTO-King and Liberty
N VANCVR-Brooksbnks/Main
VANCOUVER - 13th/Main
VANCOUVER - W. Broadway/Blen
VICTORIA - Blanshard Street
WATERLOO-Lincoln/Univers
WELLAND-Niagara/Thorold
WESTBANK - Hwy 97/Gossett
WHITBY-Baldwin Street South
WINDSOR - Tecumseh/Annie
WINNIPEG-Lakeshore Blvd

Thank you for very much for your interest in these exciting new formats.

Customer Service
BLOCKBUSTER Canada
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Old 09-05-2007, 02:30 AM   #19  
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Don't think any Blockbuster has ever carried HD DVDs in it's stores in the UK. Blockbuster signed a deal with Sony for Blu Ray exclusivity on the provision that they got extra PS3 launch units (after the not as great a demand as expected for PS3 at launch, I believe these launch units are still what Blockbuster are trying to sell now below the RRP).

Now that HD DVD releases are starting to get more significant in the UK, and the prices are really starting to come down I can see the format really picking up steam in the UK.
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Don't think any Blockbuster has ever carried HD DVDs in it's stores in the UK. Blockbuster signed a deal with Sony for Blu Ray exclusivity on the provision that they got extra PS3 launch units (after the not as great a demand as expected for PS3 at launch, I believe these launch units are still what Blockbuster are trying to sell now below the RRP).

Now that HD DVD releases are starting to get more significant in the UK, and the prices are really starting to come down I can see the format really picking up steam in the UK.
Mike, are you located in the UK? Just seen a report today that the "cheap" Chineese Venturer HD DVD will be selling for 300 pounds (posted on Doom9) in Europe. Are the import & tariff laws that limiting???
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It's 300 euro's not £300 yes I do live in the UK. 300 Euros is actually £200 which is £150 cheaper than the RRP for the E1 which is the current cheapest HD DVD player. However you can get the E1 online for £179.99 so over here the Ventura might not actually be much if at all cheaper :/

It'll certainly be a much lower high street price though which is where most CE sales happen in the UK anyway, I know I'd rather walk into a shop and buy a stand alone player. If it was £179.99 in stores for a Toshiba E1 I'd already own one. I don't really like buying CE products online incase something goes wrong, our postal service is a complete farse these days.
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Old 09-05-2007, 08:11 AM   #22  
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I am the same if there was a hd dvd player for £179.99 srp than i would swim across the solent to the shop. I would like to know what stores will be stocking the Ventura
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Old 09-05-2007, 01:37 PM   #23  
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Now that HD DVD releases are starting to get more significant in the UK, and the prices are really starting to come down I can see the format really picking up steam in the UK.
I do hope so. Its high time Toshiba spent some money informing the public that HD DVD is available here. I think most UK consumers don't know anything about it yet and in the meantime retailers such as Comet are displaying blu-ray players on Sony TV's in prominant positions within their stores.
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Old 09-05-2007, 03:37 PM   #24  
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Comet only stock the entry level hd dvd player which only outputs 1080i while have a feew models of 1080p blue ray players.
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Old 09-05-2007, 03:58 PM   #25  
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Is that just your Comet or the entire chain?

The Huddersfield Currys only stock the PS3 and 1 £500 Samsung BD player, while when I went to Birstall Currys they actually stocked 2 HD DVD players but no Blu Ray other than the PS3 in the games section. Currys Digital in White Rose only had the E10 HD DVD player on display (the 1080p one) and then the PS3 again, no Blu Ray stand alones at all.

My Local Comet have 4 set ups with HD DVD players though I didn't check which models, then a Samsung Blu Ray/HDTV set up and the PS3 again. Oh and Argos have 1 BD player and 1 HD DVD player (the E1) in their in store catalogues and well... actually... thats about it for anywhere I know of that sells either player except for places like Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and John Lewis etc.

The prices of all the players were ridiculous though. So it's no wonder neither format is setting the UK alight atm.
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I am sure i saw it on the web site. I'll check again as they may have stopeed stocking some models
Haven't been to my local store in ages, it hink the last time i was there was sometime between april and may , when i got my laptop for college.
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Yeah I've just taken a look on the website, they only stock the HD E1 for £249.99 for HD DVD. Then they stock the Sony BDPS3000 for £449.99 and the Sony BDPS1ES for £749.00 so as people can see, this is the second biggest UK CE retailer, and they only stock 2 Sony Blu Ray players and 1 Toshiba HD DVD player so yeah, it's definitely all decided over here.
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Yeah both formats would prosper over here if more products were made widely available and show what the hardware can actually do wih a proper set up , not one which uses cheap cables etc and limits the vibe given off to the pertentual purchasers.
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Prices coming a bit more in line with the US would help greatly too. The ventura is going to cost more over here than the A2/A3 costs atm in the US and the cheapest UK Blu Ray player is near enough double the cheapest US Blu Ray player and on top of that in the UK it comes without the 5 free films promotion.
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Toshiba did say they were going to bring the 5 free disk promotion over here but i doubt if they have given a date set in stone.
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