Toshiba continues to be the main pusher of HD DVD hardware,
and plans to maintain the format’s position of being more affordable than
Blu-ray. On April 1, Toshiba will reduce the price of both of its second
generation HD DVD players by at least $100, reports High-Def
As of next month, the Toshiba HD-A2 will be $399 and the higher-end
HD-A20 will be $499. The top-of-the-line HD-XA2 will be $799, a $200 savings
over the previous price.
Last month, Sony announced its own more affordable entry
into Blu-ray movies. Coming this summer will be the Sony BDP-S300 at $599,
which looks to be the successor to the current BDP-S1 at $999. Of
course, the absolute cheapest way to play Blu-ray remains the 20GB PlayStation
3 at $499, if you
can find one.
While high-definition players are becoming more affordable,
the next-generation format war is still as confusing as ever for the consumer.
The latest count has Blu-ray
slightly edging HD DVD in terms of overall movie sales, though the recent
numbers may be skewed in due to the greater number of new releases in 2007 for