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Microsoft Corp. on Thursday said it would trim the price of an HD DVD player add-on for its Xbox 360 video game console and give away movies with the player, in a bid to support the format.

The move comes one day after Target Corp. confirmed that it will promote the rival Blu-ray format for high-definition DVDs this holiday season, following a similar move by rental giant Blockbuster Corp.

Microsoft trimmed the price of the player to $179 from $199, and said it will add five free movies for buyers between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30.


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thats good, but i think what they really need is to persuade blockbuster to carry hd-dvd's. I can't see hd-dvd winning without support from blockbuster and more motion picture studios. I dont really care which format wins. I wouldnt mind seeing blu-ray as i already have ps3 but i bought that for games. I just hope whatever it is becomes pretty cheap sometime in the near future.
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Ms really needed to do this a while ago. I think having to buy an add on drive at that price is disgusting anyway. Talk about draining your customers.
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Ms really needed to do this a while ago. I think having to buy an add on drive at that price is disgusting anyway.
I agree. It's a step in the right direction. Though I would have liked to see it go a little cheaper. I think a $150 price tag would make a much larger impact.
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Thank god I already sold my add on. At least I got good money for it still.
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you know its funny how sony messed up with pretty much all their other formats. Atleast they never really got going cause i think they tried to make it to advanced but it seems like they are doing it right now. I mean having target and blockbuster backing them is huge, not to mention they have the majority of major motion studio support.

Now i have a question about the hd-dvd drive. Is it capable of 1080p and stuff. Can the usb transfer data fast enough. Just doesnt seem effective to me and how does its quality stack up to a normal hd-dvd player.
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I have definitely been considering this for a while, this is a nice chunk taken off, I could always use the extra 20$. However, there are only a handful of movies out in HD-DVD. If There are some coming out between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30 that I am not aware of... I would very much like to know. By the way, 5 movies is about 10% of the current volume they have.
    
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thats good, but i think what they really need is to persuade blockbuster to carry hd-dvd's. I can't see hd-dvd winning without support from blockbuster and more motion picture studios.
The movie studios are the key. With the number of exclusive Blu-Ray movies exceeding exclusive HD-DVDs at probably something like 3 to 1 (just a guess, could be higher!), requests for Blu-Ray movies are logically going to be higher simply because there are more to choose from. And BlockBuster is just doing what their numbers dictate their customers are asking for.

If Microsoft, Toshiba, and whoever else cares can't convince the studios to drop their Blu-Ray exclusivity and also release on HD-DVD, the format is probably in trouble.
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The movie studios are the key. With the number of exclusive Blu-Ray movies exceeding exclusive HD-DVDs at probably something like 3 to 1 (just a guess, could be higher!), requests for Blu-Ray movies are logically going to be higher simply because there are more to choose from. And BlockBuster is just doing what their numbers dictate their customers are asking for.

If Microsoft, Toshiba, and whoever else cares can't convince the studios to drop their Blu-Ray exclusivity and also release on HD-DVD, the format is probably in trouble.
Yes, i have been thinking that way for a while. The sales may be close now but that is becuase not many people really utilize the hd era yet. Once it becomes more mainstream the Studio exclusivity will come into effect more when somehting like a 3-1 or 4-1 exclusivity ration comes in, and in favor of blu-ray. I dont think there is anything wrong with hd-dvd but i dont think they have an exclusive studio. I thought i read that theres are all supporting both (could be wrong.
Were gonna have to wait till most people move to hd to really see who is gonna win, but the support for blu-ray definately puts it in the advantage. And just for fun if you thought it was wierd that only 30% of americans (prob not even) have hd tv's i read and article in one of the business magazines that said only about 25-30 percent of people do online banking now. (thats nuts its so much easier).
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post #10 of 22
They should just take out the 5 movies and charge $100 for the add-on. Then I might buy it.
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