BestBuy beats competition, offers $180 HD DVD player

Despite the retail giant's plans to offer a sub-$200 Toshiba HD DVD player, Walmart was recently beaten to the punch time-wise by CircuitCity and now price-wise by BestBuy. Toshiba's HD-A2, which started out at $500, is now priced at $180 on BestBuy's website. Unfortunately, the stock for shipping has already sold out and there seems to be limited availibilty for store pickup. The HD-A2 is, after all, an outdated product that retailers want to clear off the shelves. Toshiba and Sony still have quite a while until the holidays; there's no telling what they have prepared to win movie-lovers over. The HD war continues: to the consumer's delight, prices are dropping, but to the consumer's dismay, a winner has yet to emerge.

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but to the consumer's dismay, a winner has yet to emerge.

of course the thing is, IF we had a winer, we would still think 500$ was cheap for a HD player, and movies would be priced astornomically.


on the reverse side of the coin, the side that very few are willing to accept (it wouldn't be good journalism if you couldn't complain abotu something), This HD-DVD/BD war is the best thing that has happened to the consumer.

today with some shopping around, you could conceivably manage to get both a BD and a HD-DVD player for 500 or at least 600$. At this age from release, DVD players where still more expensie than that. But more importantly, the cost of the movies are now far lower than they would be if we had one dominating format, as the pricing of the movies are also a key ingredient in attracting customers.


On top of that, both formats are giving you a gift bag of free movies when you buy a player from them.


This HD format war, it really is a good thing.


Id even consider buying a PS3 and a 360 HD-DVD addon when I get the economy(a job) to support it. but Unfortunately Sony decided that the PS3 wouldn' be a good enough BD player for my by making the remote BlueTooth instead of IR so I can't use it with my Harmony remote... too bad for them.

This HD format war, it really is a good thing.

No, it isn't. This is nothing like the videogame market and survey after survey shows a large percentage of consumers will sit this out until there is one format. If you base your decisions solely on price then high quality HD is not for you.

Unfortunately Sony decided that the PS3 wouldn' be a good enough BD player for my by making the remote BlueTooth instead of IR so I can't use it with my Harmony remote... too bad for them.

I think Sony can take the loss of someone who decides on formats based on a remote control's transmission method.

PeterTHX said,
This HD format war, it really is a good thing.

No, it isn't. This is nothing like the videogame market and survey after survey shows a large percentage of consumers will sit this out until there is one format. If you base your decisions solely on price then high quality HD is not for you.

Unfortunately Sony decided that the PS3 wouldn' be a good enough BD player for my by making the remote BlueTooth instead of IR so I can't use it with my Harmony remote... too bad for them.

I think Sony can take the loss of someone who decides on formats based on a remote control's transmission method. :rolleyes:

They may be itting on the fence, but once it's clear that ther eown't be a winner they'll bit the apple and buy, and they'll buy HD-DVD first and wait for BD to drop to 100-150 as well.

You think I'm the only person who buys a HD-DVD/BD player and base my decision on how many remotes I need to keep nearby.

With any other BD player than the PS3, I can control my Tv, Receiver, xbox 360, HD-DVD, and BD player and anythign else I have with a single remote capable of doign Everything, and doing it very good thanks to it's activity based setup.

HArmony remotes are so easy to use that they're getting very popular. and lots of people woulnd't buy a player if it can't support basic remote fucntionality.


oh as for your argument about how HD-DVD is desperate below. HD-DVD have a FAR higher attachment rate than BD. and with thes cheap players THAT's what will give HD-DVD the upper hand in this war,


Though I can't understand why you would argue against lower prices wich this war gives. seems like you're the one getting desperate that yoru "chosen" format will loose. Don't worry though, BD won't lose, but it won't win either.

HD-DVD have a FAR higher attachment rate than BD. and with thes cheap players THAT's what will give HD-DVD the upper hand in this war,

Again, attach rates mean NOTHING. Actual sales do, ESPECIALLY when you're giving away the product (and in the process keeping anyone else from supporting your format).

200k people buying 5 titles is meaningless when 5 million people buy 3 titles. THERE ARE STILL MORE SALES FOR BLU.

It all depends on what the Porn industry adopts. That's who declared the winner of the vhs/beta war long ago...it's true, I was there,,,heheheh

The big difference is that was the 1970s and there was no other way to get it then (other than using a projector and reels of film). The introduction of video tapes was a revoution then. Today with the vast and free amounts on the internet (so I've heard) and the huge DVD base already out there it really won't make one bit of difference.

mls67 said,
It all depends on what the Porn industry adopts. That's who declared the winner of the vhs/beta war long ago...it's true, I was there,,,heheheh
Nope. Not this time. Porn has embraced the Internet as it's medium of choice.

Remember kids, come Friday Nov. 2, the 40GB PS3 will be $399.99. A top-rated Blu-ray player and rock-solid gaming console for that price is a no-brainer! :nuts:

Yeah, when consumers shopping for an HD player see a $400 game console and a $180 HD DVD player, I'm pretty sure it will be a no brainer.

Hopefully these cheap players will translate into greater HD DVD sales. Warner Brothers announced they were reviewing their dual-format strategy so this certainly ought to play into this decision.

Guess we'll know more in 2 months...

Synthetic said,
I'm sure we at BestBuy will do something about that. :P

Yes, lets hope you guys at Best Buy undersell your products so bad, that you go out of business......

One can dream right?

phiberoptik said,

Yes, lets hope you guys at Best Buy undersell your products so bad, that you go out of business......

One can dream right?

You mean the rumored $99 deal Boz mentioned on this thread?

Once the mainstream HD-DVD players hit $99 or less (I know this particular sale is one day only), this HD war is virtually over.

phiberoptik said,

Yes, lets hope you guys at Best Buy undersell your products so bad, that you go out of business......

One can dream right?

Ouch... What did we ever do to you?

You guys...

Software sells hardware.

What format has Spider-Man trilogy, Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Ratatouille, Cars, Die Hard series, Simpsons movie, Superbad, & Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind for the holidays?

You can sell it as cheap as you want, people won't buy it without software support.
Nor will other hardware companies support the format as long as there's no profit in it.

There will be a lot of tears shed when Warner drops HD DVD Q1 2008...