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Toshiba Lowers Prices of HD DVD Players in the USA

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Toshiba plans to retain discounted price on its entry-level HD DVD player in the
U.S., an official from the company said during a conference last week. The move will allow the electronics giant to keep the format popular in the country, as competing Blu-ray disc (BD) players begin to become more affordable.

The entry-level Toshiba HD-A2 player will stay at $299 and the HD-A20 at $399. The top-line HD-XA2 remains $799, according to a news-story at Video Business web-site. Earlier the company ran a campaign when end-users could obtain HD-A-series HD DVD players at lowered price and get 5 HD DVD movies for free, however, after the campaign ended and Toshiba discovered that it was not as successful as it could be, the company had to slash its HD DVD players sales expectations quite significantly...

http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/multime...702090735.html
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What is the difference between the 800$ and the 300$? I mean thats a huge difference in price I can imagine that the quality is that much better on it.
Seems like a desperate act to try and get people on the HD-DVD wagon....

I'm already convinced that blue ray has won... Its just going to take awhile before the consumer market figures it out...
blu ray hasnt won anything yet. blu ray players are so expensive, the only reason they are having any success at all is because of the PS3.
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blu ray hasnt won anything yet. blu ray players are so expensive, the only reason they are having any success at all is because of the PS3.

I agree that blu ray has yet to out right win the "format war". But the PS3 is not the only driving force behind Blu Ray's success...
http://www.engadget.com/2007/06/17/b...-the-war-over/

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In a huge blow to Toshiba, Universal, and the rest of the HD DVD devotees, rental giant Blockbuster has decided to stock only Blu-ray discs in the vast majority of its nationwide locations, although HD DVD titles will continue to be offered online and in the 250 (out of 1,450) stores that have been testing both formats since last year. Blockbuster VP Matthew Smith revealed to the AP that the decision to go with Blu-ray -- which will reportedly be announced tomorrow -- stemmed from an overwhelming customer preference for those titles in the test markets, accounting for over 70% of all HD discs rented. Interestingly enough, it seems that content -- and not price -- was the deciding factor for consumers, with Blu-ray-only hits such as the Spiderman and Pirates of the Caribbean films apparently outmatching equivalent HD DVD exclusives.

I doubt either format is going to fall by the wayside, in time what you will most likely see is both formats becoming standard along with dual format players.

http://www.engadget.com/2007/01/04/s...player-at-ces/

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LG's on again / off again combo HD DVD + Blu-ray player is -- at least for this week -- on again. To recap: After showing the BD199 Blu-ray player at last year's CES, the company abruptly shelved it and promised a combo player to end the high definition format war.

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i dont think bluray won yet but dont they have most of the major movie studio support. Its gonna be hard for hd-dvd when most movies are on blu-ray.
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Seems like a desperate act to try and get people on the HD-DVD wagon....

I'm already convinced that blue ray has won... Its just going to take awhile before the consumer market figures it out...

Blu Ray shall fail as long as people keep calling it "blue ray", or until they change the name.

Otherwise though, it's just another format war for another generation. Enjoy it while it lasts as it's driving the industry.
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I read that the Porn industry has already picked HD-DVD as their preferred format... Now what do i watch more? Porn or Sony movies?.... I go with Porn in HD Baby!
This is an attempt to get HD-DVD more popular. Blu-ray hasnt won the format war however there looking pretty strong.
There is on glaring difference between the "VHS vs Beta Max" format war and this one and that is the form factor. The simple fact that these two products share the same physical form means that neither will win or loose, they will just find homes in multi-format playback devices. Just like any other $30.00 DVD+/- RW CD-R ++/+--\\[email protected]/$%& player.

IMHO of course.
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