n view of Toshiba's recent launch of an inexpensive HD DVD player with a retail price of US$599, Taiwan optical disc drive makers think an entry-level HD DVD player priced at up to US$500 may be available in the second half of 2007.
The increasing upgrade in resolution of large-size LCD TVs and PDP (plasma display panel) TVs to full HD (high definition), 1,920x1,080, will boost demand for Blu-ray Disc (BD) and HD DVD players/recorders, the sources indicated. However, the currently available BD and HD DVD drives are very or quite expensive and the critical price level at which demand will begin to take off is estimated to be US$500 based on the development history for DVD drives, the sources pointed out.
Expecting decreased costs for key components such as pick-up heads and chipsets, and a reduction in defect rates during product assembly, there will be room for prices to fall to blow US$500 in the second half of 2007, the sources pointed out
Whew..this is great news. I was getting a little worried there. LOL
Can anyone tell me what I'm missing here. This article is in fact dated January 19th 2007.
Most likely we will see the HD-A2 selling for that rumored price of $299 by the time the HD-A20 is released. By then maybe even a Taiwanese player, hopefully they don't come out at the $500 price mark.
Man it's amazing I'm seeing other sites picking up on this as though it's really news. Makes me wince because if this ambiguous stuff isn't being caught I'm wondering what stuff i'm being fooled on that I'm not so current on.