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The Pioneer BDR-101A Blu-ray recorder
$1000 burning a hole in your pocket?

For those who cannot wait to get on the Blu-ray train, Pioneer's BDR-101A PC Blu-ray recorder is just starting to trickle into the retail channel.  Tiger Direct has just listed the BDR-101A for sale at a mere $999.99.  Many analysts had speculated that Pioneer would drop the price of the BDR-101A significantly after NEC and Toshiba both announced PC HD-DVD recorders for under $500. 

The HD-DVD camp currently does not have a recordable device, nor media, but Toshiba currently has the only next-generation set top player available on the retail market, the HD-DVD Toshiba HD-A1 -- though the Sony Blu-ray BDP-S1 player is also expected to show up at your local Fry's, eventually.

Pioneer announced the device several months ago at the Consumer Electronics Expo 2006 in Las Vegas.  Recordable media was announced a few weeks ago, with single layer 25GB once-recordable discs checking in at $48, and re-recordable discs coming in at $60.


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By jkresh on 5/18/2006 5:54:01 PM , Rating: 2
Unless I am very much mistaken hd-dvd can do 1080p it’s just the first generation Toshiba player that limits it to 1080i (I believe most if not all of the released movies are 1080p). So bluerays 1080p is not an advantage of the format just of the initial drives. So many people seem to think 1080p is blueray only and I know Sony keeps mentioning 1080p but if you look at the box of most hd-dvd discs that are being sold they even say 1080p on them so its not a format issue just a cost saving on the initial player.


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