One of the biggest divides between high-definition and
standard definition movies is the price of the machines required to play them.
While DVD players on the market today are incredibly affordable, high
definition players are rapidly dropping in price.
As if July 1, Toshiba is permanently reducing the suggested
price of its entry-level HD-A2 to $299 and its mid-range HD-A20 to $399,
reports Video Business.
The top-tier HD-XA2, however, will remain at $799.
“We know that price is a powerful driver for consumers to
adopt new technology,” said Jodi Sally, VP of marketing at Toshiba America
Ken Graffeo, executive VP of Universal Studios Home
Entertainment, also echoed those statements, saying that price is the biggest
motivating factor for consumers when it comes to buying a player.
The Toshiba HD-A2 and HD-A20 machines were previously
available at those price points, but only after a now-expired $100 rebate. On
top of the new pricing, Toshiba is offering five-free movies
on all new player purchases until July 31.
On the other side of the high-def format war, the Blu-ray
Disc camp has also been dropping prices and offering incentives. Sony dropped
the price of its BDP-S300
to $499, and is also offering five free movies with all
new Blu-ray players, including the PlayStation 3.
quote: Had no one bought HD-DVD or BD, manufacturers would have (quite rightly) concluded there was little to no appetite for HD films, and impetus would have died entirely for at least five, if not ten more years.
quote: Amazon.com will begin selling high-definition independent films in the HD DVD format through its on-demand DVD printing service, the company said on Sunday.The company said it would waive processing fees for the first 1,000 films it accepts for production by its CustomFlix Labs subsidiary.