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Old 11-26-07, 01:11 PM
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Venturer SHD7000 HD-DVD Player $199 is out in Canada

Just picked one up at my local Walmart (Canada) for $199. Comes with 2 movies in the box.
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Legit question to ask here. Why would one purchase a Venturer when you can get a better brand product in Toshiba for about the same price?
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Old 11-26-07, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by tonymontana313
Legit question to ask here. Why would one purchase a Venturer when you can get a better brand product in Toshiba for about the same price?

..because in Canada the HD-A3 is $349. ($299 if you can find it on sale).
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Originally Posted by Damed
..because in Canada the HD-A3 is $349. ($299 if you can find it on sale).
Ah I see.
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Old 11-26-07, 02:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Damed
Just picked one up at my local Walmart (Canada) for $199. Comes with 2 movies in the box.
what disks did it come with?
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Old 11-26-07, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by steak-too
what disks did it come with?

Packaging states "2 Free HD DVD Movies Inside"

Inside was:

Rumor Has It (Combo)
The Perfect Storm
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Excellent, please give us a review when you have the opportunity.

Cheers.
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Venturer SHD7000 Now available at Canadian Wal-Marts

For those interested, someone on AVS just purchased a Venturer HD DVD player at a Canadian Wal-Mart. It included two free movies in the box as well.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=945284

I was in my local Walmart for other reasons on my lunch hour, and there it was in the Electronics dept.

Apparently they got 5 in over the weekend, 2 were left (now 1)

Price: 199.97

Comes with 2 HD DVDs in the box (just says 2 HD DVDs included) - no specific titles.

I opened it, and in mine were

Rumor Has It (Combo)
The Perfect Storm
What would the US price be, $150? I wonder if these will show up in America as the HD DVD pamphlets right now show the Venturer.

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With the current exchange rates, it should be about $199.

Also:
http://forum.dvdtalk.com/showthread.php?t=518371
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From reading that thread, the "cheapest" HD DVD alternative the A2) is still $349 there. I wonder if we will see this in the USA for $149 or less?
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Old 11-26-07, 05:20 PM
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Originally Posted by GizmoDVD
From reading that thread, the "cheapest" HD DVD alternative the A2) is still $349 there. I wonder if we will see this in the USA for $149 or less?
It's the A3 that's 349$ here or 299$ if you can find it on sale. FYI, the Canadian dollar has been higher than the US dollar for a while now.
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Nice. Didn't even see this thread when I started the other one.
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Old 11-26-07, 10:45 PM
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Venturer SHD7000 = Toshiba HDA3.

Internal player codes confirm it.

A Toshiba HD-A3 with Firmware 1.3 installed:

Machine Code: HDA3TKU
Submicom Version: HDA3TU1000TD
Group ID: 0a
Model ID: 97
Package Version: 1300
NAND Version: 1101
NOR Version: 1300
WinCE Version: 1000
FWH Version 0511
Drive Version: 1150
Mac Address: xx
Scaler Version: ......

My new Venturer which has firmware 1.1 installed:

Machine Code: HDA3KAU
Submicom Version: HDA3TU1000TD
Group ID: 0a
Model ID: 97
Package Version: 1100
NAND Version: 0927
NOR Version: 1100
WinCE Version: 1000
FWH Version: 0511
Drive Version: 1150
Scaler Version: -----
Betcha I can burn a 1.3 firmware ISO from Toshiba's site and update this puppy...
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Not bad if it comes out for $149!
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Old 11-27-07, 01:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Damed
Venturer SHD7000 = Toshiba HDA3.

Betcha I can burn a 1.3 firmware ISO from Toshiba's site and update this puppy...
Do it, and let us know if it works.
If it doesn't, you can easily return it to Wal-Mart anyway.
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Originally Posted by SomethingMore
Do it, and let us know if it works.
If it doesn't, you can easily return it to Wal-Mart anyway.

After an update via ethernet, it now shows 1.3/1.1

I think it's safe to say it's getting it's firmware from Toshiba.

Also... have a looky here:

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=7942216


Available at USA Walmart now.
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I hope WM lowers the price a bit more. They have the A2 with free movies at $247, so that's probably the better deal for most folks.
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Originally Posted by valkyrie
I hope WM lowers the price a bit more. They have the A2 with free movies at $247, so that's probably the better deal for most folks.

$199 is the Every Day price.

No doubt we'll see sales of $50 off or more in the future.
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..because in Canada the HD-A3 is $349. ($299 if you can find it on sale).

Couldn't you have bought it online through Amazon? Nothing personal, but I would not buy the cheapest player I could find when it comes to new technology.

Venturer is not well known for delivering a "quality" product, just a price point product.

For your sake, I hope the manufacturer stays up to date on possibly needed firmware updates.
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Originally Posted by SomethingMore
Do it, and let us know if it works.
If it doesn't, you can easily return it to Wal-Mart anyway.
It may be the same firmware, but I gurantee you the player does not have the same internal components.

Aside from that, if it is Toshiba firmware you should have a decent working player.
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Originally Posted by trubiet
Couldn't you have bought it online through Amazon? Nothing personal, but I would not buy the cheapest player I could find when it comes to new technology.

Venturer is not well known for delivering a "quality" product, just a price point product.

For your sake, I hope the manufacturer stays up to date on possibly needed firmware updates.
amazon.com will not ship to Canada.

Toshiba Canada will not honour a US purchased player's warranty.

The mail in promo for the US won't accept a Canadian address, and the Canadian promo won't accept a US receipt.

Also, technically the HD-A3 *IS* a Venturer, as it has been stated by a dealer here in Canada with ties to Alco (parent company of Venturer) that Alco produces the HD-A3 for Toshiba, and part of the agreement is that Alco can sell a rebadged version under it's own brand.
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Originally Posted by Damed
amazon.com will not ship to Canada.

Toshiba Canada will not honour a US purchased player's warranty.

The mail in promo for the US won't accept a Canadian address, and the Canadian promo won't accept a US receipt.

Also, technically the HD-A3 *IS* a Venturer, as it has been stated by a dealer here in Canada with ties to Alco (parent company of Venturer) that Alco produces the HD-A3 for Toshiba, and part of the agreement is that Alco can sell a rebadged version under it's own brand.
I did not know that, too bad. But again, if it is Tosh FW it should be a decent player. Hope it works well for you.
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Old 11-28-07, 09:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Damed
After an update via ethernet, it now shows 1.3/1.1

I think it's safe to say it's getting it's firmware from Toshiba.

Well, that settles it. I'll be strongly recommending this player to family and friends who want to get into HDM.

$199 CAD for a Toshiba firmware-supported player is great!
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