Originally Posted by joerod
Actualy Q it is funny that they were there (BB) just to buy a few movies when they heard they were taking pre orders for HD DVD players. My Dad has been bugging me for awhile about HD on dvd. So when they called me lastnite and told me I was surprised. They also told me the lady told them they had already 20 people or so (the first day) order. It is not a big BB either. Anyway, average Joes with HDTVs want dvds in HD. They don't care how or from who, just when...And since the end of March is coming fast, they will be sprinting...
Repeat: We're not dealing with average Joes for years to come. It's simply not the case.
The average joe who just got his DVD player a few years ago, and may or may not even have an HDTV yet (he's looking for content and not seeing much, quite frankly, given the prices from satellite and cable companies)...he's going to balk even at the idea of a $500 player. He needs to have it well justified.
Content is king. Content is what sells hardware and products. Many average joes, when they buy a player like this, will also be buying their first HDTVs and they need to be well convinced if they're going to throw down that kind of serious coin.
I have very serious doubts about being an early adopter in any event, but especially with an obvious nightmare that this so called "format war" is going to be.
Furthermore, I can't imagine that a $500 first generation Toshiba player is going to be that high of a quality item, regardless of format.
I'm disappointed at some of the shilling I've seen for this thing.
Some people are doing cartwheels because it's "cheap" and it's HD, but they're deliberately ignoring the rest of the facts, not the least of which is: Toshiba's track record.
Toshiba's inconsistenty with QC is well documented, whether it's DVD players or other items.
All of a sudden I'm supposed to be excited about a Toshiba product? LOL!
$500 for a supposedly brand new, cutting edge, FIRST GENERATION player? Doesn't that sound an alarm off in the back of anyone's head, regardless of company?
It reeks of a desperation, firesale tactic to me, but I could be wrong.
The more information I get from either side, the less excited and more frustrated I start becoming, whether it's about the mess that the new audio formats will be, and the inevitable forced hardware upgrades that those will most certainly mandate (I think HDMI is of the devil himself. I'm convinced of it)... even though most studios are backing BR right now, you have stupidity like T2 coming out on BR and T3 coming out on HD-DVD and so forth...
What a mess!
It took forever for a stable format like DVD to finally come of day.
This stupidity assures us an even longer and more convoluted wait.
Average joes aren't even in the same universe right now with this stuff. People need to stop talking about them because it just isn't even remotely applicable right now and has no bearing whatseover, for either format.