May 21, 2006
According to Video Business Online as of last Friday many retailers reported having sold out of Toshiba’s HD-A1 HD-DVD player. The total number of HD-DVD players shipped is said to be between 10,000 and 15,000 units, which includes the HD-A1 ($499) and HD-XA1 ($799) models.
Although it’s hard to pin down the exact numbers of HD-A1’s sold, a contact at a local distributor told me that the HD-A1 accounted for a large chunk of the initial 10-15k players shipped.
I think this goes to show the publics interest in pre-recorded HD content. Naturally several retailers reported better on-hand stock for the more expensive HD-XA1, which retails for the aforementioned $799, which brings me to the real point here.
If Toshiba is easily selling the HD-A1 at $499 but the XA1 at $799 isn’t quite as popular, what could this mean for a player that will retail at $999? That’s right; Sony will have no $499 answer to HD-A1 at launch, Sony’s BDP-S1 Blu-ray player will list for $999.
Obviously we’re still too early in the process to call the eventual winner in the format war but considering the animosity expressed for the PS3’s (touted as Blu-ray’s killer-app) announced price, I think we can safely say that price will play a factor here, how big a factor remains to be seen.
Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under HD-DVD