Originally Posted by Geographer
And yes we all understand product delays for CE equipment. It is quite common and a month or two delay is not really all that bad, but the problem is magnified greatly because of a few things:
1. Christmas shopping season.
2. Middle of format war
3. No other stand alone HD DVD players available
I think we all understand CE can be delayed or have last minute issue(s)... And as you highlight that very case is clearly not good at all for HD-DVD (even considering only early adopters).
But I'd add another point, Assuming Robert is right (and I have no doubt he trust people that told him) A2 will be delivered to you guys in about three weeks (12/11).
Then there is no point in saying 1th of February for the European release date.
In one of the statement published above, they say it was a problem they highlight at pre-prod sample QC testing (before mass manufacturing). No way the players could have been delivered this week knowing this (although they maintain release date until yesterday)
I'm nearly convinced Toshiba use that issue as an excuse, or it even did not exist at all... They may well have a short supply + a bit of delay and simply decide to only feed US...