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Toshiba HD-A2 model sells 90,000 over weekend

Old 11-06-07, 08:13 PM
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Toshiba HD-A2 model sells 90,000 over weekend

WOW!

"Within three days, Toshiba corralled nearly as many sales as the best-selling stand-alone Blu-ray Disc player has sold since its launch. Sony’s dominant Blu-ray set-top, the $499 BDP-S300, has shipped about 100,000 since it bowed this summer."

"In fact, the 90,000 figure for HD-A2 sales could be even higher, as it doesn’t appear to include all retailer information. The figure does span consumer activity on HD-A2s at Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Circuit City, among others."

http://www.videobusiness.com/article/CA6498141.html
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Old 11-06-07, 08:15 PM
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Holy crap. Awesome. Just imagine if they had more of these in stock.
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I really thought that they would've sold more of these than reported.
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Old 11-06-07, 08:30 PM
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Wow. That's the baseline numbers, and doesn't include the A3 at all.

I bet it's closer to 125k by the time all is said and done, all HDDVD player models combined.
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Thats damn impressive. They should regroup A3 inventory and go after strike two on Black Friday.
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Just to play devil's advocate, couldn't you also look at it as Toshiba having 90,000 units of backstock that they wanted to dump to make way for the A3?
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Originally Posted by arbogast777
Just to play devil's advocate, couldn't you also look at it as Toshiba having 90,000 units of backstock that they wanted to dump to make way for the A3?
That's likely a part of it, but the meat of the matter is that they sold all that back-stock, as opposed to just having it sit on shelves.

Call it what you will, but when the 2008 model Ford comes on the lot, you need to get rid of the 2007 Ford and so on and so forth. As long as they're able to keep that cycle moving, its positive progress.
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Sure, there was likely overstock on $400 HD-DVD players, but the past couple of weeks have shown that there is a hearty appetite out there for hi-def players in the $100-$200 range, and Toshiba was smart enough to capitalize on that. Now they've picked up a lot of momentum, and we'll see what happens next.
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When is the next sale? We have the Sears A3 coming up - what about Wal Mart? Round 2?
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Old 11-06-07, 08:58 PM
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Those numbers ARE impressive.

I think what's even more crucial to the war right now is that this weekend sale has EVERYONE talking about HD-DVD. The regular consumers. The retail stores. The media. They are ALL buzzing like crazy about HD DVD.

The publicity this sale generated is immeasurable, and of immeasurable value to HD DVD.
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Old 11-06-07, 08:59 PM
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I understood massive amounts of these were bought by early adopters that already owned players and are to be given away at Christmas to all their fathers and mothers as presents.
Now, I bet those old-timers can't wait to buy and rent lots and lots of those neato 34.99 HD discs to watch on their players during their last years on Earth !

Just kidding, I 'd wish we could buy those 99 dollar players including 5 free films overhere in Europe, God damnit.
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Originally Posted by arbogast777
Just to play devil's advocate, couldn't you also look at it as Toshiba having 90,000 units of backstock that they wanted to dump to make way for the A3?
Sure, but that doesn't take away from the fact that thats close to 100,000 HD-DVD players that will now crave HD-DVDs. Even taking into account a conservative estimate that a fifth of those players went to homes that already had HD-DVD players, an extra player would probably promote more HD-DVD purchases among that set also...
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Yea, mine was a second player. I actually have held off buying titles the last few months but I've started up again.
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Wow, those are some significant sales numbers. This will be an interesting holiday sales season, for sure. Vive la guerre de format!
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I understood massive amounts of these were bought by early adopters that already owned players
Where did you hear this? Link?
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I adopted HD this weekend with my first purchase of an HD machine. I purchased an A2 at Crutchfield.
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One hilarious part is that this news has caused such a stir that AVSforum shut down 5 or 6 of their forums under HD-DVD/Blu-Ray.
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One hilarious part is that this news has caused such a stir that AVSforum shut down 5 or 6 of their forums under HD-DVD/Blu-Ray.
I'd love to hear the story about members calling the police on each other.
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AVS is comedy gold after every big development in the HD "war." Pure nerd on nerd carnage .
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Bring on $10 HD DVDs. Oh yes. Oh yes, baby.
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Originally Posted by DVD Polizei
Bring on $10 HD DVDs. Oh yes. Oh yes, baby.
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Originally Posted by ResIpsa
AVS is comedy gold after every big development in the HD "war." Pure nerd on nerd carnage .
Well I hope there aren't any big developments in the next few days, as AVS closed all HDM forums.

Seems many members there needed a "time out". Hopefully it won't spill over here.
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Originally Posted by Lord Rick
One hilarious part is that this news has caused such a stir that AVSforum shut down 5 or 6 of their forums under HD-DVD/Blu-Ray.
Awesome numbers and to AVS. Its just plain sad.
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Originally Posted by Lord Rick
One hilarious part is that this news has caused such a stir that AVSforum shut down 5 or 6 of their forums under HD-DVD/Blu-Ray.
I never visit that site. What in the world went on that they had to shut down 5 forums??? Jeez.
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AVS is comedy gold after every big development in the HD "war." Pure nerd on nerd carnage .
OH, MAN! That's so funny it actually HURTS to think about it!
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