Toshiba continues to be the main pusher of HD DVD hardware,
and plans to maintain the format’s position of being more affordable than
Blu-ray. On April 1, Toshiba will reduce the price of both of its second
generation HD DVD players by at least $100, reports High-Def
As of next month, the Toshiba HD-A2 will be $399 and the higher-end
HD-A20 will be $499. The top-of-the-line HD-XA2 will be $799, a $200 savings
over the previous price.
Last month, Sony announced its own more affordable entry
into Blu-ray movies. Coming this summer will be the Sony BDP-S300 at $599,
which looks to be the successor to the current BDP-S1 at $999. Of
course, the absolute cheapest way to play Blu-ray remains the 20GB PlayStation
3 at $499, if you
can find one.
While high-definition players are becoming more affordable,
the next-generation format war is still as confusing as ever for the consumer.
The latest count has Blu-ray
slightly edging HD DVD in terms of overall movie sales, though the recent
numbers may be skewed in due to the greater number of new releases in 2007 for
quote: Does the Xbox360 HD-DVD drive work properly in Windows with a software player? I am waiting for a Dell 2407WFP display to arrive, and I wouldn't mind checking out some HD-DVD titles on it.
quote: A Universal player that does HD DVD/Blu-ray/SACD/DVD-Audio/Divx
quote: The latest count has Blu-ray slightly edging HD DVD in terms of overall movie sales, though the recent numbers may be skewed in due to the greater number of new releases in 2007 for Blu-ray.
quote: Universal is the lone Major studio but you have exclusive smaller studios on both sides like Weinstein and others.
quote: That's the point, with only one studio exclusively for HD DVD, and all others working with Blu-Ray, and I think 3 exclusively with BD, don't expect the releases to skew in favor or HD DVD.