mainstream consumer is extremely price sensitive – or so it seems when
comparing the acceptance of DVD and high-definition media such as Blu-ray Disc
and HD DVD.
the HD DVD camp, its stance has always been on the lower price point of its
players. Toshiba has been leading the way in affordable HD DVD players with its
entry level players selling for under $300 along with free movies.
entire HD DVD camp will soon gain the help of another entrant, but one that is
known for producing electronics for budget-conscious consumers. Canadian-based
Venturer Electronics announced that it will launch its first HD DVD player, the
SHD7000, in time to meet the holiday 2007 sales season.
Venturer SHD7000 will feature all the basic features expected of an HD DVD
player, including 1080i video output, HDMI connection, Ethernet connectivity
and Dolby TrueHD support.
no price was announced by Venturer, the company said in its press release that
its machine will be “sold through national retailers with retail prices
expected to be one of the lowest among entry-level HD DVD players.”
this year, a report cited that Wal-Mart was planning a deal to
purchase 2 million players produced by Great Wall Corporation in China in a
$100 million deal – working out to be $200 per player.
announced third-generation entry-level HD DVD player priced under $300 –
and will likely sport a street price of even less – it is conceivable that
budget brands could go even lower.
quote: you do know that the Toshiba 1080i HD-A2 is already $211 with 8 free HD movies with it.
quote: However, it seems when a big US business has outside influence from other countries (mainly China) their morals and ethics are out the door
quote: Well, not too many major companies out there scream good "business ethics" or "morals".
quote: I think thats China, not Canada. Right?
quote: I think the OP is assuming the players will be built in China, which is not unlikely especially considering the price point.
quote: 2 million players produced by Great Wall Corporation in China in a $100 million deal – working out to be $200 per player.