Cheap HD DVD

November 2, 2007 at 10:30 am 2 comments

So- today I bought a $99 HD DVD player at Wal-Mart.

This is significant for a couple of reasons. First of all- today’s Orange Friday (at least that’s what I am calling it) sale at Wal-Mart seems to indicate a shift away from the traditional “Black Friday” sale after Thanksgiving. Besides the HD DVD player, Wal-Mart also has/had amazing deals on a laptop and 50″ plasma HDTV, as well as a bunch of “loss leader” HD DVDs. It wasn’t nearly as extensive as Black Friday’s sales- but had a lot of the same elements. Some poor soul walked up to the Electronics Department counter at the Wal-Mart I was at to ask a question- and was almost lynched by an angry mob for not getting in line…

Beyond that- there have been a lot of rumors in the Tech media over the past year that Wal-Mart was going to start selling dirt-cheap HD DVD players and shun Blu-Ray. While the rumor mill had the HD DVD player price as low as $50, the $99 price they had today puts that much closer to reality. It really wouldn’t surprise me to see them at the same price, or closer to the $50 mark by Black Friday.

I say- good! I want to see the High Definition DVD format war end. I hate Blu-Ray for a number of reasons, not the least of which are that it was never accepted by the DVD Forum, and it is spearheaded by Sony. I sunk a lot of home entertainment money into Betamax way back in the 70s, Mini-Disc in the 90s, and UMD more recently. I’ve learned  (not soon enough) not to invest money in any new technology spearheaded by Sony.

With the cheapest Blu-Ray players going for around $400, with or without attached crappy video game console, it  seems like a no-brainer for people to move to HD DVD. Even without the loss leader sale today- HD DVD players are available for under $200 now. That’s HALF the price of the cheapest Blu-Ray players.


Entry filed under: DTV/HDTV, HD DVD.

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  • 1. neowolfwitch  |  November 2, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    Just a quick update…

    Apparently Best Buy matched the Wal-Mart price, although they are apparently sold out too.

    Amazon has ’em for $129.99. Just look for the Toshiba HD-A2

    Also, with the purchase of ANY Toshiba HD DVD player, XBOX 360, or select Toshiba computers- you can get five FREE HD DVDs. The list is limited, and basically sucks as far as I’m concerned, but hell- they are FREE and if you were to buy them- would cost over $100.

  • 2. echocube  |  November 4, 2007 at 5:32 am

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