Tiger Direct: HD DVD Player for $129

The past two weeks have been rough for the HD DVD camp: Warner has defected to Blu-ray and there are strong rumors that Universal and Paramount are going to defect as well. It is no surprise then that we are starting to see heavily discounted HD DVD players. Tiger Direct is now selling the A3 for $129. It's a good idea to flood the market with your inexpensive players.

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Sounds like they are trying to get rid of them, to make more room for Blu-Ray players to me. How is HD-DVD doing world-wide? here in Australia it is all but dead (Blu-Ray has 90%+ of the market right now) how is it fairing in other nations? (I actually wanted to see HD-DVD win, but it all but a pipe dream now :P)

Too little too late.

While I wanted this so-called format war to be won by "anybody as long as it doesn't benefit the Sony camp", I'm not deluding myself into believing there's any hope at all left for HD-DVD.

Regardless of who won--I'll keep buying the occasional DVD for many, many years to come and no more. I have absolutely no long-term plan to invest into this generation at all. I'll probably end up skipping it entirely. I never bought tapes when the home video market took off, I already have my collection of DVDs I'm interested in, and I see no reason whatsoever to re-purchase anything. And given the current trends, it's not like Hollywood is going to start producing must-see blockbuster after blockbuster all of a sudden.

It's all a huge non-event for me.

Just bought 8 HD-DVDs at Amazon on account of the huge sale they have going on at the moment. It's like this: I've already invested in the player, and if the format goes belly up, it makes no difference in respect to this purchase; I'll still have 8 great films and I didn't have to pay 3x as much to acquire them in Blu-ray format (plus $250 more for a Blu-ray drive). It's a win-win situation, really.

Right what these idiots fail to realize is that every movie thats on hd or br isn't gonna be purchased most are worthless trash anyway i'll only purchase the best ones that i don't already have on dvd also my hd addon for xbox 360 upscales my dvd awesomely on my lg 47in lcd . If hd is dead why are manufactures going to make combo drives ? in my opinion dvd should be dead.

as i've said before. i can't help to think that this is just a clearance price to get rid of the remaining hd-dvd players instock.

TRC said,
Universal and Paramount have both denied those rumors.

Well, of course they'd deny it. Hell, if I had a ton of "to-be" dead hardware and discs, you bet your butt I'd still be trying to make a profit. Doing what's right aside, this is going to hurt Toshiba so I can totally understand why they'd try to make up for losses.

Wow you're smart. What about Warner, they had no problem announcing they were switching and they don't switch over until May I think. They don't seem to be worried about sales. If Universal and Paramount were switching they'd say so. They may do so later on but the rumors flying around right now are just BS FUD and they've said so.

We saw warner assure month after month that they were staying neutral. 3 weeks after their last "we are still neutral", they went blu. And what they wanted to achieve going blu and announcing at that precise moment, was the total annihilation of HD-DVD, so as to end the war quickly.

Not available in TigerDirect.ca

Also... don't count HD-DVD Dead yet. There could be a come back... Remember, Blu-Ray WILL NOT release Porno and HD-DVD will...

Allan® said,
Not available in TigerDirect.ca

Also... don't count HD-DVD Dead yet. There could be a come back... Remember, Blu-Ray WILL NOT release Porno and HD-DVD will...

Solid point!

Also I cannot emphasize this enough, BD is burdened by a horrible DRM scheme

The Blu-Ray camp wont let the porn industry use Blu-Ray or the porn industry picked HD-DVD?
If they picked HD-DVD then they can change their minds.

Allan® said,
Not available in TigerDirect.ca

Also... don't count HD-DVD Dead yet. There could be a come back... Remember, Blu-Ray WILL NOT release Porno and HD-DVD will...

Uh, no. There is Blu porn [Pirates was just released]. Besides, I doubt porn is all that great in HD [since you can see every imperfection].

DRM-infested and No-porn guys are starting to sound like those who still claim that vista is full of evil DRM that prevents you from doing anything.
When actually BD+ was designed to fulfill the same purpose as AACS, which HD-DVD also has. But for some reason people like AACS more than BD+, do they think it's not DRM-my enough?
Like any other DRM scheme, BD+ will (if it hasn't yet) be cracked. If it isn't, it won't matter AS LONG AS they finally start implementing the managed copy thing.

BD+ doesn't replace AACS, it's in addition to it. and BD allready usesa more restrictive version of AACS than HD-DVD. then you have BD. who first don't have a finished spec, then in addition to releasing new specs all the time, they add new additional DRM systems that makes your BD's unplayable on your BD player, even Sony's own.

once BD+ is properly broken, how long do you think it'll take before Sony and co introduce BD+2, wich again won't work with the majority of BD players.that is Sony in a nutshell "screw the consumer"

Doli said,
The Blu-Ray camp wont let the porn industry use Blu-Ray or the porn industry picked HD-DVD?
If they picked HD-DVD then they can change their minds.

That's false. There are several porn studies going Blu-ray exclusive or dual. Vivid, for instance, has released films on Blu-ray.

Julius Caro said,
Like any other DRM scheme, BD+ will (if it hasn't yet) be cracked. If it isn't, it won't matter AS LONG AS they finally start implementing the managed copy thing.

BD+ is already cracked.

Julius Caro said,
But for some reason people like AACS more than BD+, do they think it's not DRM-my enough?

The difference is that on Blu-ray :
- AACS is mandatory, therefore creating personal BD titles is more expensive due to royalties
- There is a zone system as there was on DVD
- There is BD+


Still I favour Blu-ray because I want 25GB of storage space on discs rather than 15GB.

If I'm not mistaken, players dont give a flying **** about AACS being there or not being there, and hence the PS3 will play things that don't have AACS at all. The same reason ICT is not there, the mandatory AACS thing isn't there either.
Will they change that in the future? I don't know. If they are hoping for those cameras to be popular, they better let people edit their own videos and burn their own BDs without hassle.

DrCheese said,
go go firesale! Come get your betamax players before they disappear forever! :P

Fine with me! While you are futzing around with your DRM restricted BD disc and your player that is outdated because the BD spec changed 3 times, Im happy watching my DRM free HD DVD player on my completed spec HD DVD player!

BTW my Beta still works!

TRC said,

Wrong...


They both use AACS which has been cracked. It's the extra layer on Blu-ray that hasn't been cracked on the newer releases.

I remember in the late '80s my dad went to a video rental store and bought Betamax movies for $1 each. He bould like 100. I would watch them over and over for 5 years, so we got our money's worth.

My take is that because next gen optical formats have penetrated only 4% of the marketplace, the war is hardly over. If HD DVD can flood the marketplace with players and low cost movies a shift as indicated by Munkeyman may occur.

Additionally, many people seem to forget that Blu-ray is chock full of oppressive DRM schema. If the same DRM efforts were placed on music there would be a full on revolt.

Once the marketplace (greater than 4% that is) realizes that Blu-ray is a half-finished, over-priced DRM spec, I think the tide will turn.

DrCheese said,
Ultra unlikely given that the majority of studio's are on BD's side now, Some of them because of the DRM.
Yeah but he's talking about music. If this was music then it's doesn't matter if the companies want the DRM. Would you want to have all that DRM stopping you from ripping your CD's into mp3's? He means the people would revolt and he's right. When it comes to movies, it's a different story because the DRM is really transparent if you are not trying to make a backup of the disc. Unlike music, where they have those fake CD's that look like CD's. Does anyone remember the name of that CD that was created to not allow people to copy it. There was also something that made it so that you can only make a certain amount of copies.

It's strange if HD-player prices dropped dramatically as they seem to be doing well there is a possibility that it could cause an amazing twist of fate due to the average Joe (or 95% of the population) not having a clue what actually is happening.

Possiblity being the main word in the sentance. Interesting few months coming though.