Originally Posted by tomes
Amir, While I understand that Toshiba has an advantage due to the quantities they produce, are you saying that the new MSRP of $149 for the A3 is still profitable for them?
I don't know. There really is no answer to such questions anyway. Japanese companies have a special relationship with their suppliers and you can never guess at the pricing of the components from 6000 miles away. Time for a quick story
When I was working for Sony, we wanted to use Magnesium Alloy for a laptop we were designing. But no one had done one before (laptops were made of plastic then) so Sony Japan arranged for a number of visits with the factories building high-tech Magnesium parts. We drove for miles into farmland and then arrived at a factory in the middle of nowhere. So imagine our shock when the factory door opened and we saw a dozen stamping machines, where the top supplier in US only had two! These were expensive machines and we couldn’t figure out how a small company like that could afford them. So I asked the president of the company what the deal was. He said they were building parts for a very large Japanese company and that company had lent them the money to buy said equipment. Something told me that when they asked for parts, they were not getting quoted list prices
There's a lot of fans on the forums now that think we will see regular store prices in the range of $75-100. Is this really possible?
I have always maintained that HD DVD will eventually become a “feature” of a DVD player. After all, what is an HD DVD player but a DVD player that reads new discs, kind of like MP3 CDs. So yes, the time will come to when we see such prices and maybe even lower. Whether that is now or later, I can’t comment.
Also, how do you see the viability of a format that only has two major manufacturers of hardware (Toshiba and Microsoft)?
There is plenty of room for high-end companies to jump in. And there is ample opportunity for dual format players which clearly can do, what we and Toshiba won’t. The Panasonic BD-10 player supported DVD-A and I am sure we both agree that format is way behind HD DVD. I am not however here to pontificate on future of HD DVD. As I said before, we need to wait and see the ramifications from CES and see where that takes us.