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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 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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