Originally Posted by Monty22001
They are $100 difference at the moment MSRP. Street prices will reflect that.
Are you saying that you have an HDTV that can play HD movies and can't afford a $100 premium (right now) for the player?
Heck, give it a few months, BD has been *very* close in hardware price consistently, within $100 all the way. Sure BD will be a little more, but in a few years the hardware will be equal anyway.
If you really can't afford BD now, I'm sorry. But, hddvd wasn't gonna be that much cheaper either. And really read what people are saying. Once BD takes over, it'll be a battle with SD DVD and things will get much cheaper than hddvd can offer now.
BD has never been that close in prices. Only the recent 499 player has even come close. BD has been on average $200 or more, not $100.
You might be comparing similar products, but Toshiba was smart to provide players that don't offer 1080p because a large number of consumers purchased HDTVs in years leading up to 2007, when 1080i and 720p were predominant.
I have a 720p television, I sit approx 8 feet from it, science has shown that for a 42" tv, at 8 feet, you can't tell the difference between 1080 and 720, and there is mathematical proof.
I'm happy with my 720p television. If BD were to release a 300 player that forgoes Dolby TrueHD and 1080p, i would buy it.
You argue about having a HD tv and not wanted to spend a premium.. why be stupid and throw away money. HD-DVD has the same resolution and audio support. I put my money behind a technology that gives me what i need, not what they think i must have. Give me the less expensive, non-proprietary format any day.
The Studio support will waver if Toshiba keeps up this pricing war. Large Name Brand firm have a higher marginal cost than HD firms, and they can't win in a price war. If HD picks up market share (by selling to people who can't waste $600 on a player), then it'll build a wider, more diverse user base than the average, white/male 16-30 year old, PS3 owners. Look at the stand alone market (adults 30+ buy stand alone players primarily) - ignore the PS3, and you'll see some scary statistics, not scary to me, I'm an HD-DVD supporter.