US$499 blue-laser player models in 2H07

Samsung Electronics lowered the retail price for its Blu-ray Disc (BD) player BP-1000 by about 48% to US$469.99 in late March of 2007 and in response, Toshiba immediately reduced the US retail price for its entry-level HD DVD player HD-A2 to US$399. The price competition will lead to the situation that many BD and HD DVD player models will be launched at US$499 or less during the second half of the year, according to Taiwan makers of optical disc drives.

With US$500 regarded as an indicator of market acceptance for optical disc drives, BD or HD DVD players for sale at US$499 or lower were originally expected to come up in the fourth quarter of 2007, the sources indicated. However, Toshiba took the initiative to launch an entry-level HD DVD player, HD-E1, at a retail price of US$499 early in March 2007, triggering the US$499 price competition two quarters earlier than originally expected, the sources pointed out.

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sphbecker said,
Once a hybrib player can be bought for $399 or less I'm grabbing one.

QFT!! I'm not going to buy a player and get bent over if that format fizzles out. Since it appears that both formats are fighting tooth-and-nail, it seems that they will both be around for a little while yet. A hybrid player would really help boost sales of the new formats by eliminating the main reason a lot of the public is waiting -- the ensuring that their player won't be obsolete in a year or three.

Cool, this is what I like to see.
I bought a PS3 mostly for the blu ray, and if bluray backfires, I have a nice powerful console.

So now I'm on Blu-ray's side, although I always liked HD-DVD. You gotta admit that sony is advertising blu ray like crazy. And since both side are saying that they use new "blue laser technology", many people might just think that Blu-ray is the way to go. I don't know :P
I really don't care that much, and I'm starting to think that neither format will win and both will coexist.. like with DVD +/- RW

Basically Blu-ray has higher a higher storage capacity but as it's a whole new technology using blue lasers, the price is quite a bit more. HD-DVD is simply an extension of current DVD technology.

In my opinion, if you're going to spend your money on a next-gen format, get something that will last the next decade rather than simply using a format that is pushing current DVD technology to it's limits. Remember, you get what you pay for...

Or you could just save your money, wait a few years, and buy all your HD movies online. At that point, for backup storage you'll be using holographic memory.

Lt-DavidW said,
Basically Blu-ray has higher a higher storage capacity but as it's a whole new technology using blue lasers, the price is quite a bit more. HD-DVD is simply an extension of current DVD technology.

In my opinion, if you're going to spend your money on a next-gen format, get something that will last the next decade rather than simply using a format that is pushing current DVD technology to it's limits. Remember, you get what you pay for...

Or you could just save your money, wait a few years, and buy all your HD movies online. At that point, for backup storage you'll be using holographic memory.

You are wrong, Hd-dvd also uses blue lasers. The only difference between the two is space.

It would be extremely easy to combine the two formats but the companies involved are too gready to do that.

You both got it wrong ^_^, or partially right.

The most important difference between these two is the managed copy that only HD DVD supports. This allows HD DVD purchaser to make leagal backup of purchased HD DVD. Blu Ray simply gives You the finger on backup.

Takes guts to call someone wrong when they themselves aren't correct either.

*BOTH* formats support managed copy.

Blu-ray has higher storage capacity *and* wider bandwidth 48Mbps>36Mbps

It would be extremely easy to combine the two formats but Toshiba, the only major CE behind HD DVD, is too greedy to do that.

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Ouch, You are correct sir, I see that Blu Ray also on HP pressure pushed mandatory managed copy into the format Good news I guess.

It would be extremely easy to combine the two formats but the companies involved are too gready to do that.

Absolutely right and you are just wrong about who got greedy..It was Sony..Toshiba proposed to unite with Sony to create one universal hi-def format but Sony said no.

I just needed to state that, plural is wrong, Sony was greedy as in singular.

2nd Half of 2007. I'm guessing there's a character limit on the news title. Or Daniel was being a little lazy :P

yep, like dvd players now. By that time there will be Ultra-DVD recorders starting at 399 :)

This will never end. ... and i'm glad it doesn't

"in response" my ass. Toshiba was scheduling a price drop on 4/1 for months, coinciding with their introduction of the HD-A20.

And please stop writing hi-def and blu-laser players and just posting Blu-Ray. What type of tactic is that.

You see low blows like this are something that HD-DVD group and Toshiba needs to fight.

Second of all, this is not news at all..HD-DVD players have been available for months now at $499 and lower, but now somebody wanted to equalize Blu-Ray and HD-DVD prices or at least make it sound like that.

I'm sorry but blue laser players are $199-$399 right now and it's called HD-DVD. One blu-ray player will be $499 while all others and high-end ones go up to $1200.

I hate this dirty PR strategy. I don't understand how people as consumers can't see this.

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