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post #61 of 68 Old 03-14-2007, 03:00 PM
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I think these would really move the enthusiasts (you know, US), but to really move large quantities new releases are the key.

Yeah that's the problem. Universal is absolutely the wrong studio to have a movie format riding on. If it was Warner, Fox, or Disney/BV ... it might have a chance.

Universal really hasn't done anything since Spielberg left to form Dreamworks. The first Mummy film was fun, but The Mummy Returns, The Scorpion King, and then Van Helsing were basically duds (though I will give The Scorpion King extra marks for Kelly Hu).

Universal's more recent attempts to create a new big time franchise in The Hulk was a spectacular failure.
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jHD DVD's cost affective advantage is showing.

What cost-effective advantage? There's still zero evidence that it's cheaper to build an HD DVD player than a Blu-ray player. Yes, Blu-ray has a slightly more expensive optical unit. This is offset by Blu-ray's drastically higher volumes and the greater CPU power required in HD DVD (to support HDi).

Toshiba's price-cutting is strictly a response to the increasing volume and decreasing cost of Blu-ray players. Blu-ray pricing is being driven by competition. HD DVD pricing is being driven by desperation.

And, incidentally, every price cut by Toshiba just further guarantees you'll see no other mainstream CE vendors enter the market. There's only room (barely) for ultra-cheap no-names or high-end players (which will look increasingly less attractive with the increasing content gap).

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So, Talk, this means we can expect some chinese $199 Bluray players as well? I mean this year.

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So, Talk, this means we can expect some chinese $199 Bluray players as well? I mean this year.


Not gonna happen, It's pretty funny to see people try and spin hd dvd's large price advantage as a negative.
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What cost-effective advantage? There's still zero evidence that it's cheaper to build an HD DVD player than a Blu-ray player. Yes, Blu-ray has a slightly more expensive optical unit. This is offset by Blu-ray's drastically higher volumes and the greater CPU power required in HD DVD (to support HDi).

Toshiba's price-cutting is strictly a response to the increasing volume and decreasing cost of Blu-ray players. Blu-ray pricing is being driven by competition. HD DVD pricing is being driven by desperation.

And, incidentally, every price cut by Toshiba just further guarantees you'll see no other mainstream CE vendors enter the market. There's only room (barely) for ultra-cheap no-names or high-end players (which will look increasingly less attractive with the increasing content gap).

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If anything, it appears more CE's are jumping onto HD DVD. Meridian, Onkyo, Samaung, LG and the Chinese to name a few.

As for the blu-ray side, they've added LG and um, I can't think of any others.
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The D1 is the discontinued black-faced version of the A1. (G1) It does have the attraction of brick s***-house construction and multichannel analog outputs.

The MSRP is actually down to $300.

They are being rather disingenuous to show $599 scratched out. It was never that much.
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So, Talk, this means we can expect some chinese $199 Bluray players as well? I mean this year.

I doubt it. There has been no apparent outreach by the Blu-ray side to the Chinese manufacturers since there are already plenty of manufacturers represented. LG, Samsung, and Funai (for starters) will ensure good price competition without immediately commoditizing the format and sucking all the profit out for manufacturers.

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If anything, it appears more CE's are jumping onto HD DVD. Meridian, Onkyo, Samaung, LG and the Chinese to name a few.

As for the blu-ray side, they've added LG and um, I can't think of any others.

Funai has been announced; there are other very interesting developments underway which haven't been.

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