HD-DVD on sale, not an April fools joke

April 1, 2006

HD-DVD remoteThat’s right HD-DVD players went on sale yesterday (March 31st) and according to Forbes “Although the launch has been a low-key affair, early dispatches confirmed the player was selling like hotcakes”, Oh whoops I forgot to mention this all took place in Japan.

Those of us in the U.S will have to wait several more weeks, before we have the privilege of plopping down $500.00 plus dollars to earn that most esteemed title of early adopter.

I mentioned the Toshiba HD-A1 in an earlier post so until the players launch here I’ll try to refrain from blabbering incessantly about them, but in nosing around the web this afternoon I did notice something over at Watch Impress that caught my eye, the remote!

Now I’m not prone to getting overly excited about a remote, but given the cost of one of these players it’s nice to see they didn’t throw in some grubby ol’ grey-plastic clicker with their HD-DVD player.



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under HD-DVD


Comments

  • B.Greenway

    “I don’t know anybody who is the least bit interested in picking up one of these boxes”

    Now you do, and it’s very nice to meet you Julie. Many of my customers have expressed interest in hi-def DVD as well, but I’d be the first to admit several of my customers wouldn’t fall into the typical CE consumer bracket.

    There are always consumers who are interested in trying out the latest and greatest thing, and another group who shy away from anything unproven.

    Then there’s the fact that Twelve million HDTV’s were sold in 2005, and the forecasts for 2006 are considerably higher, the market is most definitely out there.

    “Most of the folks that I know are holding out for the dual-format players that can play the Blu-Ray discs as well.”

    While I admit LG’s dual format player is tempting, I’m quite sure we won’t see a dual-format player released until after Sony street’s their Blu-ray players (if ever).

    “And besides, where’s the content?”

    Paramount, Warner and Universal video have all committed to release titles in HD-DVD. Even Netflix climbed on board http://www.netflix.com/MediaCenter?id=5312

  • B.Greenway

    “I don’t know anybody who is the least bit interested in picking up one of these boxes”

    Now you do, and it’s very nice to meet you Julie. Many of my customers have expressed interest in hi-def DVD as well, but I’d be the first to admit several of my customers wouldn’t fall into the typical CE consumer bracket.

    There are always consumers who are interested in trying out the latest and greatest thing, and another group who shy away from anything unproven.

    Then there’s the fact that Twelve million HDTV’s were sold in 2005, and the forecasts for 2006 are considerably higher, the market is most definitely out there.

    “Most of the folks that I know are holding out for the dual-format players that can play the Blu-Ray discs as well.”

    While I admit LG’s dual format player is tempting, I’m quite sure we won’t see a dual-format player released until after Sony street’s their Blu-ray players (if ever).

    “And besides, where’s the content?”

    Paramount, Warner and Universal video have all committed to release titles in HD-DVD. Even Netflix climbed on board http://www.netflix.com/MediaCenter?id=5312

  • Julie Johnson

    I don’t know anybody who is the least bit interested in picking up one of these boxes, and I know a lot of early adopters. Most of the folks that I know are holding out for the dual-format players that can play the Blu-Ray discs as well. This whole format war just isn’t quite over yet. And besides, where’s the content?

  • Julie Johnson

    I don’t know anybody who is the least bit interested in picking up one of these boxes, and I know a lot of early adopters. Most of the folks that I know are holding out for the dual-format players that can play the Blu-Ray discs as well. This whole format war just isn’t quite over yet. And besides, where’s the content?