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post #1 of 268
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http://www.videobusiness.com/article....html?nid=2705

“We have no plans to have Venturer in our stores this holiday,” Wal-Mart merchandise spokeswoman Melissa O’Brien said. “We will continue to offer the best values on popular HD DVD and Blu-ray products from leading consumer brands like Sony, Samsung, Philips, Toshiba and RCA.”

Update:

Venturer High-Definition DVD Player
post #2 of 268
Well they are going to sell them somewhere, thats for sure. Maybe Walmart will have its own brand, hence not Venturer.
post #3 of 268
And?

Wal-Mar isn't the only store that sells electronics. I doubt that Venturer will have a hard time finding places to sell their product.
post #4 of 268
Interesting. The BDers are going to have a field day with this one.

It's plausible that they could sell their own brand, but they didn't actually say that, or the Alco products won't be in Wal-Mart at all.

The Venturer will sell well, but obviously if it isn't in Wal-mart it will sell less well.
post #5 of 268
funny, Lee and Co. all said wal Mart is the largest Venturer retailers....4000 or so stores, they all claimed it was basically a tie in, wal mart and cheap players....guess not.
post #6 of 268
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Ultimate Electronics' director of merchandising for video Matt Duda is considering stocking the Venturer HD DVD player, but he doesn't expect a major swing in the format war until a better-known company, such as Toshiba or Sony, rolls out a sub-$200 player.

I thought this was interesting, if he is correct sounds like were not going to see action this holiday.

Who thinks it possible that Toshiba themselves manages to pull out-of-pocket price down to $199, at least for some window of time?

I also wonder if Walmart is including Sam's Club in their comments?
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Originally Posted by Timothy Ramzyk View Post

I also wonder if Walmart is including Sam's Club in their comments?

Good question. I would tend to think that statement would indeed include Sam's Club, but I imagine that we'll have wait a bit longer for a definitive answer.
post #8 of 268
"we have no plans' is the typical Wal-Mart spokesperson comment.

Interesting comments from the U & S guru, about branded items being more valuable at this stage, but of course, thats also pro BDA spin.
post #9 of 268
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Originally Posted by Kosty View Post

"we have no plans' is the typical Wal-Mart spokesperson comment.

Maybe.

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Originally Posted by Kosty View Post

Interesting comments from the U & S guru, about branded items being more valuable at this stage, but of course, thats also pro BDA spin.

Not true.

I'd probably buy a $200 Toshiba over a $150 Venturer. However, I would not buy a $250 Toshiba over a $150 Venturer (unless the Venturer had proven to be utter crap).
post #10 of 268
That makes no sense. If you have a player that you CAN sell to the mass market, why would you pass it up to continue to carry the players that won't?? BD or HD DVD?

Would Wal-mart have not carried a Venturer BD player for the same price either?

This is a stupid decision to be sure.
post #11 of 268
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Originally Posted by Michael Mullis View Post

That makes no sense. If you have a player that you CAN sell to the mass market, why would you pass it up to continue to carry the players that won't?? BD or HD DVD?

Would Wal-mart have not carried a Venturer BD player for the same price either?

This is a stupid decision to be sure.

There are lots of reasons behind business decisions that we are not privy to.
post #12 of 268
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Originally Posted by Greg Kettell View Post

http://www.videobusiness.com/article....html?nid=2705

“We have no plans to have Venturer in our stores this holiday,” Wal-Mart merchandise spokeswoman Melissa O’Brien said. “We will continue to offer the best values on popular HD DVD and Blu-ray products from leading consumer brands like Sony, Samsung, Philips, Toshiba and RCA.”

Hmmmm... something is cooking...
I am sure the HD DVD camp did not forget that there is something called Wal-Mart and that they sell A LOT!

Still... with or without Wal-Mart, I'm sure those Venturer players will be a sellout.

Properly priced and plenty available, those players can invert Nielsen numbers for good.
post #13 of 268
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Originally Posted by BuGsArEtAsTy View Post

There are lots of reasons behind business decisions that we are not privy to.


thats teh FIRST thingi thought of.....it really doesnt make any sense as walMart does carry venturer products, dont they?....let the speculation begin
post #14 of 268
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Originally Posted by Steverhcp02 View Post

thats teh FIRST thingi thought of.....it really doesnt make any sense as walMart does carry venturer products, dont they?....let the speculation begin

Yes they do. But they don't carry all of them.
post #15 of 268
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Originally Posted by Steverhcp02 View Post

thats teh FIRST thingi thought of.....it really doesnt make any sense as walMart does carry venturer products, dont they?....let the speculation begin


I'm 1st ths BDA paid them not to.
post #16 of 268
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Originally Posted by hd nOOb View Post

I'm 1st ths BDA paid them not to.

seriously though, these things seem custom fit for wallys world......i hope we hear soem elaboration or maybe some insiders can get cracking
post #17 of 268
This is a Chinese company that must move volume in order to turn a profit. They wouldn't have made these without orders on hand to buy.
post #18 of 268
ultimate electronics is over priced anyway, i love his quote that he would take the name brand one's over the chinese one's but from what i can remember a brand called APEX is what really ignited dvd player sales. That was my first one got it for 200 bucks.
post #19 of 268
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Originally Posted by BuGsArEtAsTy View Post

There are lots of reasons behind business decisions that we are not privy to.

My guess is that they don't think these formats have reached enough critical mass for the general public want to buy in with no-name players just yet.
post #20 of 268
So is Robert Zohn buying all of them now? lol
post #21 of 268
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Originally Posted by Technicolor View Post

Hmmmm... something is cooking...
I am sure the HD DVD camp did not forget that there is something called Wal-Mart and that they sell A LOT!

Still... with or without Wal-Mart, I'm sure those Venturer players will be a sellout.

Properly priced and plenty available, those players can invert Nielsen numbers for good.

Maybe Wal-Mart is working with another low cost supplier that is yet to be announced.
post #22 of 268
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Originally Posted by wewantflair View Post

This is a Chinese company that must move volume in order to turn a profit. They wouldn't have made these without orders on hand to buy.

Oh I agree. I just wonder who those orders came from.

Robert Zohn is saying he could possibly get over 1000 by October, so it's likely not just some paper launch (which Venturer isn't known for doing anyway). (1000 players for VE alone isn't what I'd expect Venturer would be jumping at to start a whole new manufacturing run. So there's got to be others, with higher numbers.)


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Originally Posted by jugganutz View Post

ultimate electronics is over priced anyway, i love his quote that he would take the name brand one's over the chinese one's but from what i can remember a brand called APEX is what really ignited dvd player sales. That was my first one got it for 200 bucks.

Apex stimulated sales, but it had already been ignited prior to the Apex. DVD players sold at a very brisk rate before anyone had ever heard of the Apex.
post #23 of 268
"We currently have no plans to drop the price on the PS3"

Do we really need more hype from marketing people? If they show up, great. If they don't, great. Endless speculation does NOT make the heart grow fonder.
post #24 of 268
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Originally Posted by BuGsArEtAsTy View Post

Yes they do. But they don't carry all of them.

Disclaimer from Venturer's home site, bottom of support page....
http://www.venturer.com/
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©copyright 2007. ALCO Electronics, Inc. All Rights Reserved. TRUTECH is a trademark of Target Brands, Inc. DURABRAND is a trademark of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. All rights reserved. ILO is a trademark of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. All rights reserved.
Privacy Policy.


They seem to have lots of ILO and Durabrand products on the website, maybe it will be rebadged for wal-mart under one of these names.
post #25 of 268
just speculation here, but might WM be saying that they won't carry it under the Venture name??? they might slap their ILO name on instead, technically they wouldn't be carrying a Venture product but rather an ILO product. words are everything in PR.
post #26 of 268
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Originally Posted by Kable View Post

Disclaimer from Venturer's home site, bottom of support page....
http://www.venturer.com/



They seem to have lots of ILO and Durabrand products on the website, maybe it will be rebadged for wal-mart under one of these names.


Nice catch Dick Tracy!
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Originally Posted by wormraper View Post

just speculation here, but might WM be saying that they won't carry it under the Venture name??? they might slap their ILO name on instead, technically they wouldn't be carrying a Venture product but rather an ILO product. words are everything in PR.

As we've already mentioned, their wording doesn't hint at that either.

However, that doesn't rule it out of course.
post #28 of 268
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Originally Posted by wormraper View Post

just speculation here, but might WM be saying that they won't carry it under the Venture name??? they might slap their ILO name on instead, technically they wouldn't be carrying a Venture product but rather an ILO product. words are everything in PR.

If words are everything, then this pretty much says it all.

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“We have no plans to have Venturer in our stores this holiday,” Wal-Mart merchandise spokeswoman Melissa O’Brien said. “We will continue to offer the best values on popular HD DVD and Blu-ray products from leading consumer brands like Sony, Samsung, Philips, Toshiba and RCA.”

(RCA?)
post #29 of 268
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Originally Posted by BuGsArEtAsTy View Post

As we've already mentioned, their wording doesn't hint at that either.

However, that doesn't rule it out of course.

sorry, by wording, I meant' the "between the lines" wording. They were wording it kinda like the "well that depends what sex is" definition by Clinton , using a technicality to leave the door open.
post #30 of 268
It's the chicken and egg thing. Why even sell a player at any price if only one movie costs over 10% of the price of the player. People look at a player, want one, and then look at the price of the movies that would look best on it and say forget it and go and buy another $50 DVD player.

Doug
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