Originally Posted by Ruined
The Venturer is most definitely based on HD-A3 reference design, slimmed down in areas to save costs.
You have some facts to base this claim on? How do you know they "slimmed down" anywhere to save costs?
I'm not slamming you personally, I just hate these kinds of comments.
From the little we've heard and seen, this player is functionally identical to the Toshiba A3 and running the same software out of the box. It comes with two HD DVDs inside the box ... and has an "every day price" of Can$199 -- exactly what Venturer stated in late Aug when the unit was announced.
By contrast, Toshiba's HD A3 "every day price" is Can$349. Are you suggesting $150 of stuff is missing in the Venturer design?
My bigger point is Venturer makes money not in winning format wars but in making electronics TODAY to sell THIS MONTH at a profit. Back in Aug they knew they'd be able to street this at Can$199 and turn a profit. As the unit looks to be very very similar to Toshiba's HD A3 the only conclusion we can reach is: Toshiba's HD A3 ALSO does not cost $200 to manufacture -- and probably under $100 before marketing costs.
Why hasn't a Blu-ray manufacturer (and there are 170 of them as BDA like to remind us) stepped up with a similarly priced unit? Surely Blu-ray isn't three times the price to manufacture? This is the core point: Venturer puts the lie to the "format war" being about quality or choice -- it's about an old boys club and an economic cartel trying to set artificially high prices.
Bravo to Venturer in proving genuine competition can lead to broader market adoption, lower prices, and continued innovation.