CircuitCity beats Walmart with 'sub'-$200 HD DVD player

Walmart may or may not be on the verge of offering a $198 Toshiba HD DVD player, but CircuitCity already is. That's right, Toshiba's HD-A2, which started out at $500 is now priced at $200 at CircuitCity, available via online purchase with free shipping or in-store pickup. Toshiba is pushing the price advantage viciously, but will it be enough? One can argue that whether or not Walmart offers the $200 price tag is much more important, seeing as it is the biggest retailer in the U.S. I personally believe that the rumours are true, and expect the Walmart offer to begin within a week. It will be very interesting to see how Sony will respond; there is still much time until the holidays. 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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I don't understand why anyone would want to buy a dedicated, single-format HD-DVD or Blu-ray player when there will soon be some top-quality dual-format players available – like the Samsung BD-UP5000 [Review]. One would think that DVD would do until then.

Octol said,
I don't understand why anyone would want to buy a dedicated, single-format HD-DVD or Blu-ray player when there will soon be some top-quality dual-format players available – like the Samsung BD-UP5000 [Review]. One would think that DVD would do until then.

The player you are quoting will be $999. You could go as far as buying standalone players for each format and wind up spending less than a dual format player. No way I would pay $999 just to support both formats. I am sure most others feel the same.

Once Toshiba offers their 1080p hd-dvd player for around $200 I will get one. I have a 1080p set so I don't think the 1080i hd-dvd player would be a wise investment.

The recent price drops on the 1080i players are a good move even if it is so retailers can make room for newer hardware.

If Sony were to ever actually finish developing the blu-ray format I could see myself buying it, but with profile 1.1 players and profile 2.0 around the corner I will have to side with hd-dvd.

Walmart will be offering it on 11-1 along with a laptop for $348 :)

(laptop is a acer 1.73 celeron with 1gb ram and 80gb hard drive)

The HD war continues: to the consumer's delight, prices are dropping, but to the consumer's dismay, a winner has yet to emerge.

Nicely put.

GUNNER said,
I will never buy anything from CC no matter how cheap a price.

CC has never given me any problems. Like other electronics, I don't get the extended warranty, so I don't know what the deal is.

why does it have an ethernet connection????

and why is "Submit My Comment" not the default action when I press Enter after typing a post

bangbang023 said,
The ethernet connection is used for the optional online content available with movies.

yeah just checked on that

"You can use the ethernet port to download firmware updates, as well as supplemental content provided by movie studios--once such content becomes available (perhaps later this year)."

There are a few thigns people are over looking:
1. The Wal-mart sale is true. There are pictures from in store displays.
2. This is an older model that all retailers are probably trying to clear out quickly.