Hi-def players to launch at $500 in the U.S.

By Justin Mann on April 2, 2007, 6:28 PM
Pricing wars are starting to begin with hi-def players, as many manufacturers and retailers are getting their 2nd and 3rd gen units onto the market. Both Blu-ray and HD players are approaching affordability, though HD DVD still has a significant price advantage over Blu-ray. Samsung's BP-1000 can now be had for about $470, and Toshiba's HD-A2 can now be had for around $400. Overall, manufacturers are expecting to see a considerable decline in launch prices, with the average price being around $500 for the second half of this year.

That'll be good for those consumers looking to get into the market, which just last year was dominated by $1000+ units.




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nfinity said:
I don't get it, are you guys paid by PR machinery from Blu-Ray to equalize the HD-DVD and Blu-Ray prices?Hi-Def players have been at $500 for a while now..only Blu-Ray wasn't. Now when one cheap model comes out on Blu-Ray for $500 you are reporting that all hi-def models are at $500.Let me remind you HD-DVD players range from $199-$799 and have been for a while now, while BD players range from $499-$1200. Not only that but you are refering to hi-def and showing only Blu-Ray logo? Yeah, I'm sure you are pretty objective. I'm familar with BD Association's tactics and what you are doing is just discrediting your web site.
Julio said:
We have nothing in favor or against either format, and from the story itself "though HD DVD still has a significant price advantage over Blu-ray". I don't know what you are seeing there.Plus, the $199 hd dvd player you mention is the Xbox player which is not standalone, thus doesn't count for the general public.
nfinity said:
[b]Originally posted by Julio:[/b][quote]We have nothing in favor or against either format, and from the story itself "though HD DVD still has a significant price advantage over Blu-ray". I don't know what you are seeing there.Plus, the $199 hd dvd player you mention is the Xbox player which is not standalone, thus doesn't count for the general public.[/quote]So what you are saying an HD-DVD player you can play on both XBox 360 and your PC (media center) is not available to the general public? That's funny, then what does it fall under?
Supra said:
[b]Originally posted by nfinity:[/b][quote][b]Originally posted by Julio:[/b][quote]We have nothing in favor or against either format, and from the story itself "though HD DVD still has a significant price advantage over Blu-ray". I don't know what you are seeing there.Plus, the $199 hd dvd player you mention is the Xbox player which is not standalone, thus doesn't count for the general public.[/quote]So what you are saying an HD-DVD player you can play on both XBox 360 and your PC (media center) is not available to the general public? That's funny, then what does it fall under? [/quote]Because you have to pay an addition $400 for an xbox or more for a media center PC for it to be functional unless you already have one. Its an add-on that can't do anything on its own.
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