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Got this from HDNet years ago, it appears to be some sort of disc they used internally since it shows some wear and doesn't have the normal artwork or case. It plays back like a normal HD-DVD copy of Bikini Destanations Hawaii.
 

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Could be a promo disc - it's obviously not a retail disc, but you could master and replicate your own. I'm guessing it's probably either a disc they sent to retailers to demo HDTVs, or a disc they sent special subscribers as an appreciation.
 

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Could be a promo disc - it's obviously not a retail disc, but you could master and replicate your own. I'm guessing it's probably either a disc they sent to retailers to demo HDTVs, or a disc they sent special subscribers as an appreciation.
I was thinking demo as well since it has some wear (scratches) but if it was sent out to retailers would they bother to send it back to HDNet?
 

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Well, it may be a retailer demo, or an HD DVD demo. There was a rolling HD DVD store demo display - a representative would set up an HD-DVD display in the store and man it for a couple of weeks. Given the date on the disc, it could be one of the discs they used during those rolling displays. The travelling rep would likely get some discs, display them, get more discs, to return the old ones (less to carry, and less junk) and those would head back.

Retailers would probably be forced to return them as well to avoid getting charged - this was back in the day when hdmi cables and such were novelties and you can be sure they got charged for stuff like that. And retailers would send it back with the rest of the demo gear because it's something that won't play on their regular DVD players anyways.
 

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Well, it may be a retailer demo, or an HD DVD demo. There was a rolling HD DVD store demo display - a representative would set up an HD-DVD display in the store and man it for a couple of weeks. Given the date on the disc, it could be one of the discs they used during those rolling displays. The travelling rep would likely get some discs, display them, get more discs, to return the old ones (less to carry, and less junk) and those would head back.

Retailers would probably be forced to return them as well to avoid getting charged - this was back in the day when hdmi cables and such were novelties and you can be sure they got charged for stuff like that. And retailers would send it back with the rest of the demo gear because it's something that won't play on their regular DVD players anyways.
Interesting, didn't know about the rolling displays, I wonder if HDNet had a display at CES back then?
 

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What you have is definitely a "check disc". A replicated check disc is pressed from the stamper that is based on the supplied master. It is identical to the mass order that will be produced from the same stamper.
After a stamper is made a few discs are pressed and mailed to customers for approval.
I have some check discs in my collection. If you have no use for it please let me know :)
 

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What you have is definitely a "check disc". A replicated check disc is pressed from the stamper that is based on the supplied master. It is identical to the mass order that will be produced from the same stamper.
After a stamper is made a few discs are pressed and mailed to customers for approval.
I have some check discs in my collection. If you have no use for it please let me know :)
Thanks for the info! I'd always wondered what a check disc was when I've seen others mention it being in their collections, I'll keep it in mine for now:)
 
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