Originally Posted by Pecker
We do of course know that Venturer are only one of several companies announced as developing HD DVD players for sale this year way back in January.
So, given Wal-Mart's marketting stance on selling cheap things as cheaply as possible, I'll ask a question:
Who thinks that, come Christmas, lots of other stores will have cheap Chinese players like the Venturer, but Wal-Mart will only carry the more expensive Toshibas?
Anyone here think that?
Do I see a hand at the back?
The bottom line is, if these players go for $149, and Wal-Mart doesn't carry them, they'll be carrying $149 (or less) players from someone else.
What we do know for sure is that earlier in the year Wal-Mart approached a number of manufacturers to provide Request for Proposals on inexpensive HD DVD players. Now why would they do that? Surely they're not waiting for the end of the format war to try to tap into a new market? No, they're not going to let a holiday season go by without getting a Wal-Mart size piece of the action.
It would be incomprehensible for this season to pass without Wal-Mart being a major player in the high definition player market. (Pardon the pun.)
However, this logic applies to either format and it seems to me that Wal-Mart would have had the foresight to request bids on low priced Blu-ray players as well. Its alway possible that, Sony, in response to the Paramount defection, is negotiating furiously with Wal-Mart in a deal similar to Target's.
Regardless, the release of the Venturer "budget" HD DVD player can only be viewed as a positive development which will help bring all player prices down for both formats.