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Old 02-14-08, 07:56 PM
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Toshiba to drop HD DVD, Sources Say (Article title)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/...d0bfb0c25aa58d
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Old 02-14-08, 11:23 PM
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Old 02-14-08, 11:28 PM
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This is huge news...already reporting from engadget, Washington Post, UK, highdefdigest, etc.

I guess it makes sense for Toshiba to start producing blu-ray players now before all other manufacturers eat up the profit. I'm sure they don't want to left over crumbs from the pie. With the price of HD-DVD so low, i'm sure they're probably losing money...and not benefiting from it. I'm sure the data they're receiving is pointing to "if you can't beat them, then join them".

Ouch.

Oh well..i guess I can continue to use my xbox hd-dvd player to watch dvds.

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Well it isn't huge news until Universal and Paramount switch to Blue ray.
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Old 02-14-08, 11:37 PM
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Well it isn't huge news until Universal and Paramount switch to Blue ray.
Hopefully that will happen sometime tomorrow. Why waste time?
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Come on Toshiba, where the fuck is my dual format player? Now is the time!
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Old 02-14-08, 11:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Engel07
This is huge news...already reporting from engadget, Washington Post, UK, highdefdigest, etc.

I guess it makes sense for Toshiba to start producing blu-ray players now before all other manufacturers eat up the profit. I'm sure they don't want to left over crumbs from the pie. With the price of HD-DVD so low, i'm sure they're probably losing money...and not benefiting from it. I'm sure the data they're receiving is pointing to "if you can't beat them, then join them".

Ouch.

Oh well..i guess I can continue to use my xbox hd-dvd player to watch dvds.

Well I don't know if any Blu-Ray manufacturers really make any money outsider of Sony. Maybe the newer Panasonics sell well, but it seems the sales on most standalones are just so minor as to not make much profit.
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Industry observers are closely watching Amazon, but there's been no movement, other than a 50% off sale for 150 HD DVD titles, including "Transformers," "Zodiac" and "Stardust."

And I suspect Blu-ray owners aren't climbing over each other for regular prices on Blu-ray titles, either. Or maybe I'm wrong.

In any case, it is expected Toshiba will drop HD DVD soon. However, I hope they announce a comho line of players, because I have to say, I only like Toshiba's quality at this point. And if they made a Blu-ray player, I'd be all over it.
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Old 02-14-08, 11:46 PM
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Originally Posted by dsa_shea
Hopefully that will happen sometime tomorrow. Why waste time?
Because these announcements are happening faster than what the retailers wanted to sell their HD DVD stock. If Toshiba announces something soon, then Uni and Para just might be forced to say something--because if Toshiba announces it, it's officially done. Nobody wants to announce anything so soon, but it seems some are jumping the gun, making it rather frustrating for retailers. Once Toshiba announces something, let the closeout bargains begin.
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But Paramount still needs to release There Will Be Blood
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If the above article is true, kudos to Toshiba for doing the right thing. My personal opinion is the BDA reached out to Toshiba and put together some kind of deal for Toshiba to pull the plug earlier rather than later.
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I'll take some HD-Dvds for 5 bucks apiece. Wouldn't you?
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sounds good to me....to own collectible items on the shelf.

$5 with free shipping..then yes. I wouldn't mind picking some hd-dvd for that price. I would love to pick up the Matrix complete hd-dvd set for $10. I'll call $15 for the harry potter boxset because it looks cool.

The news isn't so bad afterall.


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I'll take some HD-Dvds for 5 bucks apiece. Wouldn't you?
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I want them for 50 cents each at Goodwill, and players for 10 bucks.

Sony switching to VHS shows anything can happen.
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Toshiba could maybe give us the best Blu Ray player yet - XA2 style - that ALSO plays HD DVDs.
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Toshiba could maybe give us the best Blu Ray player yet - XA2 style - that ALSO plays HD DVDs.
I hope so... But it's going to have to be in the $250 range, maybe up to $300.
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Can we sue Toshiba now or something? I feel entirely ripped off that my HD DVD player was cheaper that the regular player it replaced.

These guys say Toshiba are prepping relatively cheap Blu Ray players

http://www.1080living.com/modules.ph...article&sid=30

Who knows. $250 is a pretty good price point to me IMHO.

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It shouldn't be a shock to anyone. It sucks for all the people, myself included, who spent money on HD-DVD. Hopefully some good will come out of it with Toshiba releasing a dual format player at a reasonable price. I want a player that will play DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, HD-DVD, HD-DVD-R, HD-DVD-RW, BD, BD-R, BD-RW, DVD-Audio, SACD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW and I want it all for under $200. Until then I won't buy another player for fear of no further media support.
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Awesome. We will be getting high priced movies, no more BOGOs and profile issues for years. Woot!!!!!
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Originally Posted by Engel07
This is huge news...
I think 'inevitable' was the word you were looking for.
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Originally Posted by GizmoDVD
Awesome. We will be getting high priced movies, no more BOGOs and profile issues for years. Woot!!!!!
When did MSRP change for any blu-ray movies recently? There is a B2G1 at amazon going on right now with a lot of titles. Profiles are finished, 1.1 is FINAL profile, 2.0 is OPTIONAL.
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Why do people want blu ray to win? Higher MSRPs on players, incompatibility issues until profile 2.0, Higher MSRP on movies. I was cool with the war continuing or hd-dvd winning due to cheaper players and movies.
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Originally Posted by GizmoDVD
Awesome. We will be getting high priced movies, no more BOGOs and profile issues for years. Woot!!!!!
I hadn't realized that I had clicked on the shit on Blu-ray thread, but as soon as
I read the statement I sure as hell knew who wrote it. Tired dude, just tired.
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Originally Posted by GizmoDVD
Awesome. We will be getting high priced movies, no more BOGOs and profile issues for years. Woot!!!!!
Way to go crystal ball, Woot!!!!

Yay, no more competition, I would have thought you knew better where the pricing is going on....
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Originally Posted by QuePaso
When did MSRP change for any blu-ray movies recently? There is a B2G1 at amazon going on right now with a lot of titles. Profiles are finished, 1.1 is FINAL profile, 2.0 is OPTIONAL.

No competition = high priced movies with very few sales. How many BOGOs have we had since Warner went Blu?

No reason for CES to drop prices, no more 5 free, and now 2.0 is optional? Cute. Wonder how mich Disney is spenimg on interactive/online features that only PS3s can use. Thanks BDA!
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