HD DVD fires back, slashes hardware & software prices

Discussion in 'AnyDVD HD (Blu-ray issues)' started by psgolfer, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. psgolfer

    psgolfer Well-Known Member

    HD DVD's response to being unceremoniously jilted by Warner going into CES was ... nothing. A canceled press conference, downtrodden Toshiba press conference and rumors of further losses left great doubt that red had anything left in 2008, but now HD DVD is firing back. Leveraging its "approximately 50% market share in 2007" -- we're not sure where that number comes from either, we've contacted Toshiba for clarification -- indisputable lead in the notebook market and 100% compatibility with internet-enabled HDi features, Toshiba has announced it is not laying down yet. Effective yesterday, the HD-A3 MSRP has dropped to $149.99, the 1080p-capable HD-A30 to $199.99, and the top of the line HD-A35 to $299.99. Combined with an extended "perfect offer" of 5 free HD DVDs with every purchase, Toshiba's HD DVD Concierge service, and a sudden 50% off sale on Amazon, it seems this format will not go quietly into the dark. Fire sale to clear suddenly obsolete inventory or real chance to hang onto its remaining supporters? This could be the best -- or worst -- time to pick a side in the HD war.


    Full Article here:

    http://www.engadgethd.com/2008/01/14/hd-dvd-fires-back-slashes-hardware-and-software-prices/

    Here is the PRNewswire link too:

    http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/01-14-2008/0004735440&EDATE=
     
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  2. guile

    guile Well-Known Member

    I was an HD-DVD supporter from the beginning. This smell's of desperation to me. I'm not saying I'm no longer an HD-DVD supporter, I just think when Warner went Blu, it is/was over, end of story. Add to that ZERO new releases at CES from Paramount/Dreamworks/Universal and I would think anybody who thinks
    HD-DVD has a fighting chance is naive and/or kidding themselves.

    HD-DVD.......R.I.P

    g
     
  3. customshopkv1

    customshopkv1 Well-Known Member

    HD DVD now sits with Betamax
     
  4. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    He's dead, Jim.

    What's the point of buying a lower priced player if I can't buy new movies to play on it?

    That doesn't seem as though HD-DVD is firing back; it seems more likely that Toshiba is dumping existing player stock.
     
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  5. bjproc

    bjproc Well-Known Member

    shifting stock &
    for people that don't quite know what there buying into seeing a cheap player and buying it, then realizing it was the wrong move :D
     
  6. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    I suppose some could argue that at these new prices these players make nice upconverting dvd players that also happen to play existing HD-DVD movies, but . . .
     
  7. James

    James Redfox Development Team Staff Member

    The A30 is a great DVD upscaling player, it even outputs NTSC DVDs judder free with 24p. ;)
    Seriously, if you're looking for a nice upscaling DVD player, the A30 (or A20) are no brainers for that price, considering you'll get 5 HD DVD movies for free (worth approx. 100$).
     
  8. SamuriHL

    SamuriHL Retired Moderator

    And Toshiba does indeed seem to be marketing the players as upscaling DVD players. That could really cause a problem for Blu-ray adoption. If Toshiba's saying "Hey, why bother with HD? Just buy one of our HD DVD players for a cut rate price and you can enjoy 'near HD' resolution on your existing library." That's not a good thing for a lot of people. Great for consumers, but, not for those who wish to make money in HD sales.
     
  9. James

    James Redfox Development Team Staff Member

    Maybe the plan is to "sneak HD DVD" into homes through the back door? At least these players can play *a lot* of HD DVD discs, too...
     
  10. SamuriHL

    SamuriHL Retired Moderator

    Yea, I'm kind of wondering that myself. Region free players with 800 titles world wide. That's an interesting concept, but, isn't this too little too late? Like I just said in the thread about Fox and Warner's supposed pay off, if Toshiba and Microsoft ponied up the cash to counter the offer, we'd be looking at a very different ball game. The trojan horse thing works great for Sony with the PS3. At this point, though, I'm not sure Toshiba has a prayer on this one. If they had done this from the beginning that'd be great. "Buy our upscaling player for your current DVD collection and while you're at it just pick up your new movies on HD DVD." Kuel. But, no, that's not what happened. Now we're fire saling off the equipment and saying they're great upscaling players. GREAT. Where the hell was that marketing campaign 6 months ago? A year ago? sigh...
     
  11. mmsiman

    mmsiman New Member

    I had an Oppo before my A2. And I would say the upscaling is about identical..