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Best Buy gives the Xbox 36- HD DVD player a proper send off.  (Source: BestBuy.com)
Microsoft's Xbox 360 HD DVD Player hits a new low

DailyTech reported over the weekend that Microsoft pulled the plug on its Xbox 360 HD DVD player. The move was not surprising considering that Toshiba, maker of the drive, already decided to get out of the HD DVD hardware market.

We noted in the article that it would only be a matter of time before a "fire sale" would commence on the discontinued player. Today, Best Buy confirmed our suspicions by slashing the player's price to $49.99.

The $49.99 price is likely the bottom end for the player which has seen its MSRP drop from $199.99 to $179.99 to $129.99 over the past year.

The Xbox 360 HD DVD player is available for shipping on Best Buy's website, or if you prefer, in-store pickup is available if you wish to get it even sooner.

Potential buyers should keep in mind that Microsoft still intends to provide product support and warranty service for the Xbox 360 HD DVD player. Customers are also still eligible to receive five free HD DVD movies via a mail-in rebate [PDF] if they so choose.

The peripheral as its name implies is primarily targeted at Microsoft's Xbox 360 console, however, it can also be used on Windows-based PCs. Microsoft stated from the beginning that it was giving its customers a choice by providing the HD DVD player as an optional accessory instead of making it standard as with Sony's PlayStation 3.

The gamble to include the Blu-ray drive as standard equipment on every PS3 sold may turn out to be a boon for Sony as its console outsold the Xbox 360 for the first time ever in the U.S. during the month of January -- Warner Bros. announced its decision to back Blu-ray in early January.

For its part, Microsoft attributed the less than stellar January sales to Xbox 360 shortages.



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Is it worth $50?
By Belard on 2/25/2008 2:37:35 PM , Rating: 2
That the thing about add-ons with such limitations. Is it worth $50 for 5 movies you may get? Then what...? Start building your HD-DVD collection?




RE: Is it worth $50?
By daftrok on 2/25/2008 2:52:29 PM , Rating: 2
Hell yeah! Given that HD DVDs cost less than DVDs its one hell of a fire sale.


RE: Is it worth $50?
By joemoedee on 2/25/2008 2:53:19 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
That the thing about add-ons with such limitations. Is it worth $50 for 5 movies you may get? Then what...? Start building your HD-DVD collection?


Considering 5 free movies, plus King Kong it's not a bad deal. There's still plenty of HD DVD movies out on the market currently, and I'm sure they will soon be available for a decent price. (IE: Discovery selling Planet Earth HD on HD-DVD for $29.99)

So for a minimal investment, folks can get some decent HD titles on the cheap. Are you buying for the future? No. But for the current, I'd jump on it.


RE: Is it worth $50?
By bodar on 2/25/2008 4:30:34 PM , Rating: 2
Better move fast. According to the PDF, the window for purchase date ends in 3 days.


RE: Is it worth $50?
By mikecel79 on 2/25/2008 4:33:42 PM , Rating: 2
Where can you get Planet Earth on HD DVD for $30? I have an HD DVD player and have been looking to get Planet Earth but everywhere I've seen it's selling for $40 to $50.


RE: Is it worth $50?
By joemoedee on 2/26/2008 7:09:37 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Where can you get Planet Earth on HD DVD for $30? I have an HD DVD player and have been looking to get Planet Earth but everywhere I've seen it's selling for $40 to $50.


http://slickdeals.net/?pno=11728&lno=1&afsrc=1

Add the HD-DVD set to your cart, go to Checkout, Voila, -$50 coupon automatically applied for $29.95. Not bad at all. :)


RE: Is it worth $50?
By joemoedee on 2/26/2008 7:14:24 AM , Rating: 2
As another lookout for you newfound HD-DVD owners, DeepDiscount.com has a few $9.98/$12.98 HD-DVD's out there with free shipping...

http://www.deepdiscount.com/viewcategory.htm?categ...

Scroll down to the bottom and you'll see a pretty decent selection, dependent on your taste. :)


RE: Is it worth $50?
By tallcool1 on 2/26/2008 7:56:00 AM , Rating: 3
Start buying up a bunch of HDDVD movies at discount.
Sounds great, until 3-5 years from now if your player dies, gets broke, or whatever... then your stuck with a library of movies you cannot watch as no HDDVD players will be available by then. You would be better off buying regular DVD movies for even less and just watch them via upconvert. At least you know they will be good to play years from now.


RE: Is it worth $50?
By 91TTZ on 2/26/2008 9:04:24 AM , Rating: 2
Someone will always have one for sale on Ebay. There were over a million of these things made.

You can still buy Laserdisc players or 8 tracks on Ebay if you really wanted to buy one.


RE: Is it worth $50?
By Hiawa23 on 2/26/2008 12:35:19 PM , Rating: 2
Start buying up a bunch of HDDVD movies at discount.
Sounds great, until 3-5 years from now if your player dies, gets broke, or whatever... then your stuck with a library of movies you cannot watch as no HDDVD players will be available by then. You would be better off buying regular DVD movies for even less and just watch them via upconvert. At least you know they will be good to play years from now.


I got the add on for Trnasformers & the free movies, I love mine. I plan to get the movies for cheap & buy a standalone as soon as the prices drop on those. I am a collector & just cause the format failed doesn't mean I can't enjoy the movies for years to come just like I continue to do with VHS, DVDs, or may just pickup another ADD-On & use it for my computer, plus with places like amazon or Ebay I am sure you will be able to find one, hell you can still buy VCRs all over the internet.


RE: Is it worth $50?
By wallijonn on 2/27/2008 10:50:11 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
At least you know they will be good to play years from now.


Years from now the movies will be in 16 bit true colour, be mastered at p24 and be able to play at 4096p on your 32 bit true colour laser TV. Today's dvds will look crappy on tomorrow's sets. Most probably.

Just look at DVDs you bought 5 years ago. Chances are that they cannot hold a candle to today's movies (Godfather trilogy, for example; it needs to be remastered and restored before it can be re-released on HDM.) 5 years ago many dvds were in stereo, but now people want 5.1 and 7.1 lossless audio. Who knows what we'll "want" 5 years from now?, 16.4 lossless audio?

Compare all the James Bonds movies to the recently frame-by-frame remasters. There is no comparison.

Chances are great that very few of today's DVDs will be around 5 years from now because the TV sets will have made quantum jumps in technology. Can you find a Lser Disc player from 5 years ago that have HDMI outputs?


I see $79 Profit
By Lord 666 on 2/25/08, Rating: 0
RE: I see $79 Profit
By Spivonious on 2/25/2008 3:06:05 PM , Rating: 2
When I worked there a few years ago, you couldn't return something without a receipt. You could trade it in, but cash drops 20% off of the price. Trade-in credit was usually 50% of what a used one sold for.


RE: I see $79 Profit
By Desslok on 2/25/2008 3:09:52 PM , Rating: 3
Best of luck trying that.


RE: I see $79 Profit
By FITCamaro on 2/25/2008 4:47:09 PM , Rating: 2
Walmart will take back anything if you complain enough. My mom is a pharmacy manager for a specialty pharmacy that has the displeasure of being owned by Walmart. She has customers who call and demand their money back for narcotics wanting to return them since they didn't need them all. It's illegal to take the drugs back but Walmart will give them a refund if they bitch enough.


By VoodooChicken on 2/25/2008 3:12:15 PM , Rating: 2
Around 20+ years ago, Atari started running commercials, I THINK for the 7800, and it was at a time when Nintendo took over the world and Sega was about to launch in America. They had a real goofy cheesy commercial ("FIFTY BUCKS??!!") that reminds me of the Pizza Hut FIVE BUCKS?? commercial they got now.




By 91TTZ on 2/26/2008 9:34:26 AM , Rating: 2
That was for the Atari 2600. They started selling it for $50 even after the 7800 was around. I remember that commercial with its lame rap- "Under 50 bucks? FIFTY BUCKS?- well isn't that nice. The 2600 from A-TAR-I"


...
By FingerMeElmo87 on 2/25/2008 2:01:15 PM , Rating: 2
lol, that sucks




By Staples on 2/25/2008 3:35:20 PM , Rating: 2
They are in stock at most of the Best Buys around here but I think it would be better to save the money for a Blu Ray player. Great price but not worth it for me, given its lifespan and how rarely I watch movies.




What about us?
By electriple9 on 2/25/2008 11:16:57 PM , Rating: 2
http://www.bestbuy.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?logon...
If you could get HD DVD movies for $12.99 its totally worth it, you get HD movies a price lower then that of a standard def dvd.
Thanks




If they add 5 free movies...
By xphile on 2/26/2008 2:47:34 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Best Buy Offers Xbox 360 HD DVD Player for $50

Then at $50, they are almost offering enough where I'd be tempted to take one off their hands. My only question is - will they direct credit that $50 or is that a check? :-)




EB Games Australia also at $50
By BradCube on 2/26/2008 3:08:58 AM , Rating: 2
For those interested, EB Games Australia have also today reduced their pricing on new HD-DVD add ons to $49.95.




By Belard on 2/26/2008 6:51:31 AM , Rating: 2
The dust is still settling from the battle… and this is a tad OT, but this is still one of the few HD-DVD products produced.

I’m glad that DailyTECH does allow us to discuss and provide feedback for the stories they report. They even make corrections and such as well. And for the most-part, seem to be quite fair about the technology, reviews and posts they make.

It is amazing that people do find value in this drive, but its their right to buy it and their problem – if it is a problem. What I found amusing is that over at another “top tech review” site that used to be better… toms –er, I won’t mention the name, don’t want to embarrass them. The used to allow user-feed back, but then their system turn to garbage, then they simply disabled user response all together.

They post an article about BDA/Sony paying $400million to WB for that studio to go Blu exclusive. They talk of “analyst” and back-room deals. No known professional or executive source has shown this to be the case. Is it possible, yes. Any real proof, no. Did it happen? I seriously doubt it.

For those who are NOT fanatics of either format, data provided by reputable sources in the industry showed that BLU had control of the market since the PS3 and that sales of both hardware players (not including the PS3) and software (blue-Ray discs) were out-selling Toshiba/HD-DVD. In the last month or so before WB went blue – the $200 Toshibas were NOT out-selling the $300~400 Blu-Ray players. In a space of 6 months, A Toshiba player went from $400 > $100, with fanatics saying they are better because of pricing. The week before WB announced their Blu status – HD-DVD player sales were about 80% of blu-player sales (not included the PS3) – after WB about 2000 HD players sold vs 20K Blu players, Then 65% of the HiDef movie sales were Blu. And these are in the USA alone. Japan was over 90% Blu.

Sony didn’t need to pay WB to switch. The info was right there. WB stated that they wanted the war to end and went with what was selling more. The HD crowd went nuts, doing petitions (which looks worse) and demanding that WB switch to HD-DVD only! That petition ended with about 35,000 sigs. But many of them are repeats or insults to HD-DVD. Unlike Paramount – it was NO secret about the $150million pay-off. And such huge amounts of money is just not easy to hide. Blu had more software and hardware sales, more studio support, more hardware venders – and were not in trouble of dying going into the Christmas season. WB would tip the scales from about 60% blue to 75% blue causing a domino effect.

One of the other bad articles from the PRO HD-DVD site (Toms~ something) from January 30th after the WB announcement was that “HD DVD has not yet lost the battle”?! They have simple graphs that were in error, wrong-dates, miss-spellings and info presented in such a way that seemed that both BLU and RED were still mostly equal… and to get HD-DVD was safe. Like not adding company hardware on the list for blue-ray, but not removing canceled products on HD-DVD. They kept WB and its baby studios/dist. on the HD-DVD side, even thou there was a 3 month life span. It didn’t so bad in the graph that way. ;)

This was 19days before HD-DVD died. LOL! Just Google “Blu-ray And HD DVD Support Demystified” the whole article is a mystery in a sense.

Sorry HD-DVD users, I know your pain. If you are new to computers for the past 10 years, you missed out on PCs of the OLD days. DOS/Windows3.x help kill of a computer known as the Amiga (which had its own problems and half the failure is caused by self-stupidity of the manufacture) which totally blew PC /clones out of the water in price, power, graphics, sound and multi-tasking. We were doing things in 1989 that PCs couldn’t do until 1995 and Win95 still sucked eggs.

I’d bet that in 2-3 years, almost all HD-DVD drives/players maybe be dead. Sorry.
6 million Amigas were made when the company died in 1994. In 10 years, the active user base was had shrunk to about 10,000 users world wide… and WE HATED HATED Microsoft, Apple, Macs, Windows. I have a great running XP system, very stable, fast and cost a lot less than my Amigas in general. I sure don’t love it. I still have a soft-spot in my heart for the old Amiga that just ran circles around Macs and PCs.

Hence, almost all HD-DVD owners will eventually go to blue-ray. Tomorrow, next year or two years when the players are under $100 because of natural manufacturing costs. How else are you going to watch Transformers 2? ;)




Doorstops!
By jadedeath on 2/26/2008 7:34:44 PM , Rating: 2
Get yer Doorstops here!

You want yer doorstops, we got yer doorstops!

Cheap Doorstops to keep the doors you want kept open OPEN!

Get yer Doorstops here!

Logan




In that case...
By LatinMessiah on 2/27/2008 8:16:31 PM , Rating: 2
...I'll take four!




I still think...
By clovell on 2/25/08, Rating: -1
RE: I still think...
By bearxor on 2/25/2008 2:24:03 PM , Rating: 2
Umm... It does. It has for over a year now.


RE: I still think...
By clovell on 2/25/2008 5:00:58 PM , Rating: 2
Ah, I hadn't realized that. I don't remember ever seeing it listed as a feature...


RE: I still think...
By MooseMuffin on 2/25/2008 2:36:52 PM , Rating: 2
The 360 already upscales dvds over VGA or HDMI connections. It doesn't upscale dvds for component video connections however, but that's not their fault. It's apparently illegal to upscale DVDs over analog connections. The ps3 doesn't do it either.


RE: I still think...
By mmntech on 2/25/2008 3:58:16 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know if it's illegal but it's certainly an attempted to plug the analogue hole. According to the PS3's manual, it won't upscale copy-protected DVDs over component but it will upscale non-protected ones. It's another case of pointless DRM since it's so easy to get around that restriction.

I suppose $50 isn't too bad if you happen to need an external disc drive for a laptop (such as the MacBook Air) but don't necessarily need a burner.


RE: I still think...
By Hiawa23 on 2/26/2008 12:44:00 PM , Rating: 2
Start buying up a bunch of HDDVD movies at discount.
Sounds great, until 3-5 years from now if your player dies, gets broke, or whatever... then your stuck with a library of movies you cannot watch as no HDDVD players will be available by then. You would be better off buying regular DVD movies for even less and just watch them via upconvert. At least you know they will be good to play years from now.


I also have a PS3 & DVDs play up to 480p when using component, but upscales the DVDs to 720p, 1080i or p when I have it connected via HDMI.


RE: I still think...
By MarcLeFou on 2/25/2008 4:02:11 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, VGA is analog.


RE: I still think...
By Von Matrices on 2/25/2008 4:23:21 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
It's apparently illegal to upscale DVDs over analog connection


Isn't VGA an analog connection?


RE: I still think...
By Choppedliver on 2/25/2008 4:58:41 PM , Rating: 2
Ok for you guys who think its a great way to get a few HD movies on the cheap, answer this.

So you have an HD-DVD player
You have some HD-DVD movies

5 years from now your HD-DVD player breaks
5 years ago, they stopped making HD-DVD players
Now you have some yummy HD movies and no player.

Unless of course someone makes a cheap combo player, but why the hell would anyone want to when HD-DVD bit the dust before it really got started?


RE: I still think...
By THX on 2/25/2008 5:57:02 PM , Rating: 2
@Choppedliver - People tend to think for the short term when the budget is tight.

Personally I don't think the add-on is worth the hassle if you only plan to play 5 movies for the life of it. Save your money for a blu-ray player that will be around for a decade, can be firmware upgraded, and can handle lossless audio.


RE: I still think...
By slacker57 on 2/25/2008 6:32:38 PM , Rating: 3
Okay, so what you're saying is you don't think a $50 investment pays for itself over 5 years?

Somebody needs to reopen that economics textbook.

I think the answer to your question is that they would be pretty happy they got 5 years of use out of 50 bucks, sell off the HD-DVDs on ebay, move on, and get the movies on blu-ray or digital download or whatever then next wave of media is in 5 years.


RE: I still think...
By timmiser on 2/25/2008 7:22:05 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
5 years from now your HD-DVD player breaks


Why not just buy another used one on ebay in 5 years? Probably only $10 by then.

Then again, 5 years from now and your Xbox 360 in still working?

I like where you are going with this. Just put in my order for one. Thanks.


RE: I still think...
By ET on 2/26/2008 4:58:15 AM , Rating: 2
5 years from now you'll have a blu-ray player or something else. A $50 player of a dying format is just bought for the experience. If you have not bought yet into HD, and want to try it, $50 is low enough for that for many people. It's not a long term investment.


RE: I still think...
By joemoedee on 2/26/2008 8:06:06 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
5 years from now you'll have a blu-ray player or something else. A $50 player of a dying format is just bought for the experience. If you have not bought yet into HD, and want to try it, $50 is low enough for that for many people. It's not a long term investment.


Exactly. Also, there are a few Combo BluRay/HD-DVD players out there. I bet LG makes them for awhile, adding to the possibilities for player replacement.

So, you can have a bunch of HD-DVDs that you got for cheap and look great, plus the current format as well. It's really a no-brainer.


RE: I still think...
By Choppedliver on 2/26/2008 2:13:26 PM , Rating: 2
All good points. To each his own


RE: I still think...
By djc208 on 2/26/2008 11:05:04 AM , Rating: 2
Which is why I bought this drive. I have one of the $98 Wal-Mart players and about 10 HD-DVDs (including the free ones). So I get King Kong and a "friend" can get 5 more free HD-DVDs for me that I can watch now on either the player or my computer.

If I have issues with the HD-DVD player I'll just look into ripping the HD-DVDs to my HTPC and play them back that way. Eventually the Blue-Ray burners will be cheap enough to archive them back onto disk if I want.

I figure BD has at least till Christmas and possibly longer until you can get a decent profile 2.0 player for under $200, so until then I can still enjoy HD goodness on the cheap. I've only spent about $150 ($98 Wal-Mart player + $50 XBOX drive) on TWO HD-DVD players, which is less than half the cost of one blue-ray player/PS3. Plus all the fire-sale HD-DVDs I can get as cheap or cheaper than regular DVDs.


RE: I still think...
By fwbubba on 2/26/2008 3:37:35 PM , Rating: 2
If you truly have a need for an upconverting DVD player, you can pick up the HD-A3 HD-DVD player on Amazon for $82, and subsequently add this 360 HD-DVD add on to your collection for an additional $49... You get 13 free movies, an upconverting DVD/HD player and an HD-DVD drive that you can use on both your 360 and PC for a little over $130... Plus you have backup should either player fail... An inexpensive way to get some new toys... and movies... I've already got mine, and my rebate forms are in the mail... : )


RE: I still think...
By Hiawa23 on 2/26/2008 12:48:45 PM , Rating: 2
It's illegal to upscale via component but VGA is listed under a different category even though it's analog, it's a different category which is why you can upscale via VGA & not component.


RE: I still think...
By boredg on 3/1/2008 5:40:44 PM , Rating: 2
perhaps he meant dvi? via an hdmi to dvi adapter?


What's the point?
By DigitalFreak on 2/25/08, Rating: -1
RE: What's the point?
By tdawg on 2/25/08, Rating: 0
RE: What's the point?
By bearxor on 2/25/2008 2:24:34 PM , Rating: 2
Remember that the 360 upconverts standard DVD's without the HD-DVD player.


RE: What's the point?
By JackBurton on 2/25/2008 2:25:45 PM , Rating: 2
Note, upconverting will only work through VGA or HDMI. It will not upconvert through component. That being said, I just picked one up for my Elite. For $50, what the hell. You can even use it on your PC. And it comes with a great universal remote too. :)


RE: What's the point?
By Aikouka on 2/25/2008 3:32:16 PM , Rating: 2
Jack, I also like using the remote with my 360. You know those times when you just want to log on and download something off the marketplace? I find the remote to simply be easier for this as you just hit the power button, wait for it to load and go. Save your controller's batteries for the fraggin'!


RE: What's the point?
By JackBurton on 2/25/2008 4:13:16 PM , Rating: 3
Yep. And like others have said, with the up coming HD-DVD fire sale, you'll basically be able to get HD movies at or below DVD pricing. Cost of admission, $50. :)


RE: What's the point?
By BMFPitt on 2/25/2008 9:55:53 PM , Rating: 2
I've been disappointed so far. I check every couple of days waiting for some big sale and nothing...

I guess the Combo format ones won't have a big drop.


RE: What's the point?
By Anonymous Freak on 2/26/2008 2:18:19 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I got an HD DVD player for Christmas, but haven't paid any money for any movies yet. Still waiting on my 5 free movies as it is. I thought about buying a Combo format movie (Superman Returns,) but delayed the purchase long enough that the format died while I was waiting! :-p

I may buy this for $50, though. The twelve (thirteen? Does the Xbox 360 add-on still include King Kong in the box?) free movies might be worth $50. I can then rip them to computer for computer viewing, or, should I feel like it, re-encode to DVD. Two of the groups, there were two movies I have seriously considered buying, and there are 1-2 more that I didn't get on my last form that might make it worth the $50 investment.

I just have a way with picking the wrong formats. Although usually they're Sony. (Betamax, MiniDisc, ATRAC flash music player...) Funny that the first time I decide to wait out a format war, someone ELSE gets me into it on the side that historically should have won, I lose.


RE: What's the point?
By TheDoc9 on 2/26/2008 12:28:53 PM , Rating: 2
I went ahead and jumped on this, but am also already waiting for some free movies from a previous player. I've read the fine print and most of it seems subject to there approval. Who knows if we'll get any movies as it is with a dead format. Has anyone actually gotten two sets of free movies?


RE: What's the point?
By BMFPitt on 2/27/2008 8:26:05 AM , Rating: 2
I got mine (one set) about 3 weeks ago. After the format was unofficially dead, before it was officially dead. As far as I know the offer is still in effect, but be sure to check before buying.

I had a hard enough time picking 5 movies off that list, can you really find 10?


RE: What's the point?
By jonmcc33 on 2/26/2008 6:48:05 PM , Rating: 2
That's much like buying a Laserdisc now isn't it?


RE: What's the point?
By eye smite on 2/25/2008 2:26:23 PM , Rating: 4
You gotta love when new products get put on the clearance rack. I bet the players sell now better than they ever did before. lol


RE: What's the point?
By NinjaJedi on 2/25/2008 2:34:11 PM , Rating: 1
So it won't upcovert on XP? That would be worth it to me if it did.


RE: What's the point?
By HotdogIT on 2/25/2008 2:41:06 PM , Rating: 3
I don't think you fully grasp the concept of what this does for an XP machine.

What external DVD drive do you know of that "upconverts DVDs on XP"?

You do understand this is just a bare drive, right, and not some magical solution to magically play HD-DVDs on any PC? It has nothing to do with upscaling anything. At all.


RE: What's the point?
By therealnickdanger on 2/25/2008 2:41:36 PM , Rating: 3
The add-on drive contains no scaling/rendering hardware. Quite simply, it's a blue laser with a USB cable. It sends the data to your PC/360 where the hardware/software handles the rest.


RE: What's the point?
By Flunk on 2/25/2008 2:58:17 PM , Rating: 3
You don't seem to understand what "upconverting" is. It is rendering the DVD image at a higher than its native resolution so by definition, unless your PC DVD player software is changing your resolution to native DVD resolution and playing the disc it is "upconverting" it.

Pretty much every PC DVD player application has been doing this since they were brought out. It is common practise to use bilinear filtering to smooth the image, although some players do more post-processing than others.


RE: What's the point?
By deeznuts on 2/25/2008 6:14:05 PM , Rating: 1
Someone did a test with the add-on, and it failed pretty badly in tests with upscaling DVD's. .

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1558,2228134...


RE: What's the point?
By 306maxi on 2/27/2008 4:23:12 AM , Rating: 2
If you look at the other "articles" this guy has done he seems to have a bee in his bonnet for Microsoft. I'd take anything he says with a bag of salt for good measure.


RE: What's the point?
By JimmyC on 2/25/2008 11:37:03 PM , Rating: 2
I was thinking that if this drive will play standard video/data DVD's (and I assume that it will) then this could in theory cannibalize BB's overpriced external DVD drives. Can this drive write to standard DVDs?


RE: What's the point?
By joemoedee on 2/26/2008 8:02:22 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Can this drive write to standard DVDs?


It's just a reader, no burning capabilities.


RE: What's the point?
By sgtdisturbed47 on 2/25/2008 2:53:03 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I know. It's not like this is news anyway. HD DVD is on a swift trip downhill, so it's simply expected that the hardware that supports them will be on clearance. It's pretty much a dead format.

$50 bucks and I still won't buy it.


RE: What's the point?
By paydirt on 2/25/2008 3:13:35 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. I was driving in my car for lunch today before I saw this article and thought, "Would I even buy a HD DVD player for $30?" (I already have a 1080p upconverter) "Do I want 3 libraries of DVDs with one that only covers a 3-year span of media?"

I think to keep down clutter, I wouldn't even take a free player and $5 HD-DVDs...


$50.00 isn't cheap enough
By MykC on 2/25/08, Rating: -1
RE: $50.00 isn't cheap enough
By fuzzlefizz on 2/25/2008 2:31:24 PM , Rating: 1
eventually you will find someone dumb enough to buy garbage. Another person's garbage is another person's treasure. These HD-DVD players will turn out to be collectibles in the future.


yay! half priced beta max!
By nerdye on 2/25/08, Rating: -1
RE: yay! half priced beta max!
By Esquire on 2/25/2008 2:36:00 PM , Rating: 2
dude five movies for 50 bucks sweet... i'm in, do we get king kong to!


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