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rickbbb 03-31-2006 05:12 PM

New High definition DVD Player
 
Toshiba came out with the first high definition dvd player this month.
The cost is $799.00. I noticed that Circuit City is'nt selling it yet.Which retailer IS selling it?

Ratman 03-31-2006 05:54 PM

Pre-order from Best Buy or Amazon?

InitialDMP5 03-31-2006 06:42 PM

Sorry, but they delayed it for a few more months. I think sometime in the summer. Reason being, Toshiba wanted to release when there is actual content for the players, and that isn't happening until late May. It was released in Japan though, I think today, or some time this week. So its coming....just not when you expected.

rickbbb 03-31-2006 07:42 PM

TO InitialDMP5
 
I watched it on the News TODAY..And they said it was coming out today.Who should I belive?????!!!!!!!! :confused:

josem3 03-31-2006 09:31 PM

Believe only on you MOM :p

PFC5 03-31-2006 10:39 PM

The 3/28/06 USA release date was changed to 4/18/06 when the studios delayed the release of their HD-DVD movies until then.

ah802 04-01-2006 12:15 AM

Toshiba Launches 1st HD-DVD Player in Japan
 
http://www.cio.com/blog_view.html?CID=19788

The HD-XA1 has no region coding for the HD-DVD and Itís scheduled to go on sale in the United States in April along with another player, but the Japan launch Friday marks the first time a dedicated player for either format has reached the market.

dontknowjack 04-02-2006 02:32 AM

If it gets released on may, wouldn't it coincide with Blu-Ray release? And if that is true it would mean HD-DVD will lose early release advantage.Would do you think?

hdforme 04-02-2006 11:37 AM

And the winner is..............
Blu-Ray.
I dont think it really matters that HD DVD would have an early release advantage. The Blu-Ray format has been accepted by more corporations and is a better overall format. Just like the XBOX 360, it had an early release advantage, but PS3 when released, will blow the socks off of it. Just you wait. I am not saying that I am a total Sony fan, I do have Sony products. I am saying that Sony really knows how to make a good product. I would much rather wait for a product done right, than to have something that will need to be upgraded within a short amount of time or have serious bugs in it.

rbinck 04-02-2006 02:47 PM

The better product rarely wins out. Otherwise we would all be typing on Apple computers, been using betamax instead of VHF, watching 1920x1080p panels instead of 1024x768 panels, etc. The best value product will win out in the long run and right now we don't know what that is going to be. Disc availability and player cost will have a great influence on the ultimate winner.

Realistically there probably is not more than $50 cost difference in a Blu-ray player and a HD-DVD player, but there is a great retail difference. Sounds like a royalty deal like betamax was to me.

If people can buy a HD-DVD player for half the cost of a Blu-ray player and watch the same movie on it, I think the best price will win. The extra space on the Blu-ray disc will just be wasted. Just like it is possible to put at least 150 songs on a single CD, but they only put 30 or less on them. Sure the CD audio is uncompressed, but the real reason is they can't get $1 per song on a 150 song disc. By the same token they are not going to put 2 movies on a single disc and try to sell it at double the cost. jmo, I expect the HD-DVD to be very popular once it is out.

rudyusmc1980 04-02-2006 03:52 PM

rbinck, is HDDVD what you are going to reccomend to your customers?

rbinck 04-02-2006 04:44 PM

Have to see them first. I will recommend whatever we can sell customers. I suspect the HD-DVD will be the easier sell, because most people are not interested in the technical merits. Now if the Blu-ray is appreciably better in PQ or something else that we can use to sell it, we will. After all, there should be more margin $ in the more expensive product.

borromini 04-02-2006 06:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dontknowjack
If it gets released on may, wouldn't it coincide with Blu-Ray release? And if that is true it would mean HD-DVD will lose early release advantage.Would do you think?

There will be no advantage at this point.


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