Although this is a Japanese web-site, I find this hard to believe:
Toshiba Corp. released HD-DVD players in Japan on March 31.
The initial shipment of 1,000 units has almost sold out, earlier than Toshiba projected. The company shipped an additional 500 units last week.
Almost sold out? WOW ... that inspires confidence. Although they justify this figure with information that there is a Japanese preference for recorders, this figure still sounds silly. What am I missing here?