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Wal-Mart customers who purchase an 80GB PS3 will instantly receive 10 free Blu-ray movies.

Customers will also receive five additional titles via mail-in rebate from Sony.

Wal-Mart's website shows the PS3 promotion
Wal-Mart to give customers 10 free Blu-ray movies instantly; five more come via MIR

If you thought that Wal-Mart and Best Buy’s $98 Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD player was the last outrageous next generation format promotion that we'd see for a while, guess again. Whereas Toshiba, Wal-Mart and Best Buy successfully dumped the discontinued HD-A2 on the market, Wal-Mart's new promotion will take a slightly different approach.

According to a posting over at, Wal-Mart is having a Blu-ray promotion from 8AM this coming Saturday until midnight. Customers who come in to purchase a $499 80GB PS3 will be given ten Blu-ray movies for free -- instantly.

Keep in mind that the ten free titles from Wal-Mart are in addition to the five free titles that you can already receive direct from Sony via mail-in rebate. Unfortunately for the ultimate bargain shoppers, it appears that Wal-Mart's ten free Blu-ray promotion won't extend to the new entry-level $399 40GB PS3.

There's only one stipulation that customers have to adhere to in order to receive the 10 free movies: all titles must be priced below $30. Also, to ensure that stores don't run out of Blu-ray movies, Wal-Mart is taking some extra precautions.

“For those stores that carry BD already, additional titles are being sent in for the sale," according to Wal-Mart employee Vonscoot. "For those that do not have BD in their store (a small minority) product will be sent to each store specifically for this sale."

Vonscoot goes on to add that Saturday's Blu-ray promotion is one of four planned "Secret Sales" for the 2007 holiday season. There will be a link posted on Wal-Mart's site detailing promotion this Wednesday similar in fashion to Wal-Mart's last Toshiba HD-A2 promotion.

Updated 11/19/2007
Wal-Mart's website now shows the promotion for Saturday's Secret Sale.

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RE: Amazon.Com HD-DVD 10 Free Movies
By BansheeX on 11/19/2007 11:57:40 AM , Rating: 1
Less expensive, but I think the PS3 deal is an equal value and the safer buy. If you buy the PS3 as a blu-ray player, and blu-ray fails, you can still use it for something else or resell it for a high value to a gamer. If HD-DVD fails, the value of the player will plummet as there is no other purpose for it.

By therealnickdanger on 11/19/2007 12:07:45 PM , Rating: 2
Except for playing HD-DVDs that you don't want to re-purchase on Blu-Ray and upscaling DVDs... So it won't be completely useless.

RE: Amazon.Com HD-DVD 10 Free Movies
By DesertCat on 11/19/2007 12:08:03 PM , Rating: 5
If HD-DVD fails, the value of the player will plummet as there is no other purpose for it.

Actually the HD DVD player can still be used to play regular DVDs (which it upscales to 1080 over HDMI) and CDs. That's certainly not as versatile as a gaming system, but it's not like the player just becomes a door stop either.

RE: Amazon.Com HD-DVD 10 Free Movies
By BansheeX on 11/19/07, Rating: 0
RE: Amazon.Com HD-DVD 10 Free Movies
By Spuke on 11/19/2007 12:26:39 PM , Rating: 2
Resale value? Who the hell resales standalone home theater equipment? LOL! Dude, the HD DVD players aren't gaming consoles. And the markets for either are different. Come on man, not everything is centered around the friggin gaming console.

RE: Amazon.Com HD-DVD 10 Free Movies
By BMFPitt on 11/19/2007 1:39:23 PM , Rating: 2
No, it won't be useless, but its resale value would plummet.
If HD-DVD fails 2 years down th line, my $100 player will be worth next to nothing and I'd have to shell out $50-100 on a dual-format player. Oh the humanity!

On the other hand, if it doesn't fail it still won't be worth more than $20 or so if for some reason I wanted to sell it. Welcome to technology.

RE: Amazon.Com HD-DVD 10 Free Movies
By BansheeX on 11/19/07, Rating: 0
RE: Amazon.Com HD-DVD 10 Free Movies
By timmiser on 11/19/2007 6:12:21 PM , Rating: 2
It doesn't really matter. I bought a DVD recorder 2 years ago for $200. How much do you think I could sell my used 2 year old DVD recorder for today??


RE: Amazon.Com HD-DVD 10 Free Movies
By BansheeX on 11/19/2007 9:15:40 PM , Rating: 2
Which is my point, exactly. CONSOLES DON'T DROP IN VALUE THAT QUICKLY. If either format is going to lose, it's going to happen in the next year, not two years from now.

RE: Amazon.Com HD-DVD 10 Free Movies
By Locutus465 on 11/19/2007 9:56:17 PM , Rating: 2
Hmmm, so if I got an x-box with hd-dvd drive that should be the best of both worlds ;)

Just kidding here folks, appologies now for the introduction of the x-box into this convo.

RE: Amazon.Com HD-DVD 10 Free Movies
By BansheeX on 11/20/2007 12:10:03 AM , Rating: 2
The 360 drive doesn't currently come with 10+ free movies like the other deals, so your little fanboy quip doesn't make much sense when either aforementioned deal is better for someone who only cares about movies. My original logic stands. God forbid anyone understand it, though.

By theapparition on 11/20/2007 8:26:42 AM , Rating: 2
My original logic stands. God forbid anyone understand it, though.

Hmmm, that's exactly how extremists/serial killers think. In their mind, they are right, regardless of public opinion.

We all know your a big fan of the PS3, which is fine. I think the PS3 deal from Walmart is very good, but only if you really want a PS3, or those 15 free movies. Some people don't want either, so obviously, this isn't for them.

I'm on the fence, I'd like the 15 free BR movies, but have no desire for the PS3 (or any console for that matter). I don't think I'm going to hop on this deal like I did the $100 HD-DVD player since I know Walmart will have an awful selection of BR, so basically, I'll be getting 10 disks that I don't want or already have. That's not a good deal for me.

As to the HD-DVD players being a poorer deal, well, most electronics are a poor deal, including consoles. But what constitutes a "deal" is relative to the consumer. Is getting a free printer with a camera rather than a free carrying case a better deal? Depends. Even if the monetary value of the printer is higher, if you already have a better printer, than it may not be the best "deal". Yes, you could sell the printer, but that takes time and aggravation, something that is also worth money. Is a brand new dining room set for $100 a good deal. Depends, do you have a dining room, or even need a set? Do you see where I'm going?

In the end, everyone has to decide for themselves whether this is a deal or not. For me, I'll go on record to say that the the Walmart $98 HD-A2 (+5MIR movies) and Best Buy $199 HD-A3 (+2box+3store+5MIR movies) were better deals for me so I jumped on both. Those two players were less than the A30 I bought a week earlier, which at the time I thought had a good "deal" on that one. And I won't kid myself, I got no deal when buying my first HD-DVD player and Pioneer Elite BR player.

By Locutus465 on 11/20/2007 9:30:53 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, my tounge in cheek comment... who's the fanboi?

By elgoliath on 11/20/2007 11:17:58 AM , Rating: 2
The problem with your 'logic' is that it's not very good. If you replace the word 'logic' with 'my opinion', you would be much better off. As it stands, some will say the ps3 is the better deal for them. Others will say, and rightly so, that the hd-dvd is the better deal due to the price point (which I believe would be most people).

The reason is that for the price difference, you could get two hd-dvd players and 23 to 25 movies for the same price you would pay for the ps3 and it's 15 movies. So, for people that don't want the ps3 for gaming (which seems to be most people according to ps3 sale's numbers), the hd-dvd is the much better deal by far.

God forbid you understand this.

By Locutus465 on 11/19/2007 2:33:08 PM , Rating: 2
Like this doesn't happen to all HT hardware? How much would you pony up for a mid-80's vcr? Or an original NES? Or both sold as a single package for that matter.

By omnicronx on 11/19/2007 12:17:39 PM , Rating: 3
At this point, nothing is a safe buy.. we might not have a winner to this format war until the PS3's lifecylce is ending. Making it just as safe a buy as an HD-DVD player, as the resale value after 4-6 years will be too low and too hard for the masses to sell.

I feel this price is still too high. Movies will not necessarily help sell a gaming machine. It's still the more expensive version, and this means nothing to those who wished to buy the ps3 primarily as a BD player and much less as a gaming machine.

I am planning on buying the 40GB model this Christmas, and even with the 10 extra games, this offer does not phase me.

RE: Amazon.Com HD-DVD 10 Free Movies
By tedrodai on 11/19/2007 1:30:48 PM , Rating: 3
Even if you've got to have a hi-def movie player right now, neither is a 'safe' buy, when technically either format could fail. For both, you're paying a decently high premium to get the technology today, and the prices of each will continue to fall because they're both trying to win the format-war.

Let's see...HD-DVD fails, so the resell value of my $200 HD-DVD is now $0. Or...Blu-Ray fails, so the resell value of my PS3 (purchased for $500) falls to $300 used, since it's still a decent gaming system. What's the difference?

RE: Amazon.Com HD-DVD 10 Free Movies
By blaster5k on 11/19/2007 2:07:23 PM , Rating: 2
When was resale value ever high in the electronics world? Everything drops so quickly you'll never come close to getting your money back.

As an owner of an HD-A3, I look at it this way. $200 gives me the ability to watch hi-def movies for at least a couple years. That's a lot easier to swallow than sinking $400 on Blu-Ray and banking on what resale value *might* be someday. Especially for those of us who don't play video games anymore.

RE: Amazon.Com HD-DVD 10 Free Movies
By retrospooty on 11/19/2007 2:21:24 PM , Rating: 3
exactly... and that is exactly why niether is taking off yet, both are too expensive. The first one to have sub $100 players consistent price (not a sale like we had on hd-dvd a few weeks ago) will win.

PS/3 having BR built in will not matter, its sales #'s suck because it is too expensive as a BR player and as a console - only a good value for those that want both and want to pay extra for having both.

as far as the format war, only a sub $100 standalone player will matter and so far, HD-DVD looks like it will be there far sooner than BR.

By tedrodai on 11/19/2007 3:37:05 PM , Rating: 2

A sub-$100 player = one in my house. Not a moment sooner, however. Well, I might buy a PS3 next year if they continue to drop the price--but they're going to have to drop the premium on the BluRay rather than remove more features.

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