A small milestone for hi-def players, it has been announced that HD DVD players are the first of the competing formats to each 100,000 units sold in the U.S. The continued lower pricing on HD DVD units vs Blu-ray likely has an impact on this, particularly from Toshiba. On top of that, Toshiba claims that retail sales are picking up, and will continue to do so as more titles are released.

Of course, not included in those figures are the millions of units already available in consoles, such as the built-in Blu-ray player in the PlayStation 3. For standalone players, however, HD DVD does have a marginal lead. Then again, for the length of time that the units have been available, 100,000 seems like a paltry number less than a third of a percent of the U.S. population.