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HD DVD players get a sales lift thanks to sub-$100 pricing

The battle in the next generation high-definition DVD format war is far from over. HD DVD and Blu-ray have been fighting it out in the market for roughly a year and neither side shows any signs of giving up the fight.

In late October, DailyTech reported that Blu-ray disc sales held a commanding lead over HD DVD for the first nine months of 2007. Blu-ray outsold HD DVD by a 2-to-1 ratio racking up sales of 2.6 million units versus 1.4 million units for HD DVD.

Since the inception of both standards, a total of 3.01 million Blu-ray discs and 1.97 million HD DVD discs have been sold.

Toshiba, the main backer for HD DVD, decided to turn the tables a bit in order to swing the sales momentum back in its direction. One by one, retailers started dropping the price of the second generation Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD player. Wal-Mart dropped the price of the player from $299.99 to $198 in late October. Circuit City and Amazon both followed suit pricing the player at $197.99.

On November 1, DailyTech brought you news of Wal-Mart's secret in-store sale which listed the price of the HD-A2 at an unheard of $98.87. Soon after, Best Buy countered by pricing the player at $99.99. Sales of the player were so furious at BestBuy.com that the stock was depleted leaving backorders to be fulfilled with the third-generation HD-A3 at no additional charge.

It appears that Toshiba efforts to drive down the price of entry for HD DVD paid off. Video Business reports that 90,000 Toshiba HD DVD players were sold over the weekend thanks to the price drops.

For comparison, Sony has sold 100,000 of its $499 BDP-S300 set top player since its introduction during the summer.

Despite the weekend surge in HD DVD player sales, Sony can still claim the largest install base with its Blu-ray hardware. Since its introduction in November 2006, Sony had shipped over 5.51 million PlayStation 3 consoles -- each of which features a Blu-ray drive.



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So...
By bkm32 on 11/7/2007 12:58:00 PM , Rating: 2
When will MS release the HD-DVD add-on for 100 bucks? I mean, the add-on quality is below that of the HD-A2s and -A3s.

You know what would be better (since HD-DVD is so much cheaper now) is an Elite with an HD-DVD optical drive.

Can we at least get a bundle for $450? Hellooo!




RE: So...
By autoboy on 11/7/2007 1:32:08 PM , Rating: 2
The HD optical drive has not been included on the Xbox because of cost, because not everyone has an HDTV, and because the HD optical drive is considerably slower than the DVD drive. I really don't mind it as an add on and the fact that they allow 1080p over component, and my TV accepts 1080p over component, is a huge plus for me.


RE: So...
By Foxbat121 on 11/7/2007 2:01:08 PM , Rating: 2
You can't get HD DVD playback @ 1080p over component. It will be 1080i only. You will need VGA or HDMI connection to get 1080p. You can, however, still get 1080p over component for games.


RE: So...
By peter7921 on 11/8/2007 1:12:04 AM , Rating: 2
Your completely right. What really gets me annoyed is that they do it not for technical reasons but for stupid piracy reasons.


RE: So...
By Locutus465 on 11/8/2007 10:01:51 AM , Rating: 2
I'm ebaying mine for $100 right now (buy it now option)... You should totally go pick it up ;)


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