I started watching HD-DVD last Summer using a HTPC. I own less than a dozen HD-DVDs, and I'm format-neutral, I also have a PS3 and a few Blu-Ray disks. I rent quite a few from NetFlix, however.
Today I picked up an HD-A30KU for $199 and the wife and I just finished the first HD-DVD movie in the family room (King Kong) on the new 46" 120Hz Samsung LCD.
The $199 is worth it to me not to have to mess with a HTPC. I mean, I paid more for my first two standalone DVD players. If someday I can't buy new HD-DVDs, then I'll play those I own or can rent, and it makes a fine upconverting player for my much larger collection of standard DVDs.
I'm digging the Toshiba pricing, and the 1080p24 video is superb. I paid about 4X that amount on a HTPC for these disks only 6 months ago.
On the day of the price drop, An HD-A3 and HD-A30 followed me home. Today an HD-A2 that was firesaled by a friend found its way to my house for $80.00 and my original XA2 and A20 are still extremely happy... still waiting for the adoption notice (Confirm email) on the next family member, the HD-A35.
I am going to use the firesaled unit to loan out to friends and family to convince them to go red. I am apurple household, but throw my support behind HD-DVD fully. I support Quality not crap.
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