Originally Posted by Gordon Shumway
Correct..they are selling well...mainly to the enthusiast crowd looking to add 2-3 more players to their bedrooms etc that they didn't want to pay $300 each before.
I wonder how many totally A/V clueless folks are running into Robert's store fighting to get one or are they A/V geeks who have 1...2...3..4 HD DVD players and need one or two more?? How many are just you average Joe Shopper I wonder...Robert??
Well tough question and I will tell you this... Before the Warner BD decision I explained the studio support of each format by telling every HDTV customer the supporting studios for each format and even referencing the type of movies the studios made and saying several movie titles to make the point very clear.
I then explained the reasons why I recommended HD DVD over BD and I would end my BD/HD DVD presentation by saying you must buy one or both formats or I won't let you buy the TV. Most folks were surprised I was not trying to force them to buy a surge protector or expensive cables or some extended warranty. Buy my message was all about the HDTV and the high resolution audio in-movie experience and every single one of my in-store HDTV customer embraced my presentation and went along with my recommendation.
However, since the Warner decision I have toned down my HD DVD push, but still insist they buy a BD or HD DVD palyer. So considering the very low price of HD DVD players and the promotions HD DVD is still by far the #1 pared HD optical disc player in my store. It is true that now about 80% take HD DVD vs. the 90% HD DVD adoption before the Warner decision.
Buyers have no resistance to paying $149, and getting 10 titles to start their HD disc library.
My situation is likely different than most retailers, but I am sure HD DVD player sales are very brisk with all retailers