Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > Shopping Discussions > Store Forum
Reload this Page >

Wal-Mart and Widescreen HDTV's!!!! HUH??

Store Forum Share Your Shopping Experiences at Stores both Online and Off.

Wal-Mart and Widescreen HDTV's!!!! HUH??

Old 06-11-03, 09:03 AM
  #1  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Houston, Tx
Posts: 3,538
Received 183 Likes on 125 Posts
Wal-Mart and Widescreen HDTV's!!!! WTF??

Went to Wal-Mart yesterday to pick up The Right Stuff and Robin Hood (neither of which they had ).

As I was wandering around looking for the DVD's....lo and behold...did my eyes decieve me??? Widescreen HDTV sets showing Discovery HD at my local Wal-MArt???

They had Phillips and Pioneer widescreen sets, both Tube and RPTV, dominating their big sceen tv display.

I talked to the manager (to whom I was complaining about the lack of new release availability) and he said they just got them in last week.

I'm wondering if Blockbusters change of heart on widescreen releases coupled with Wal-Mart going widescreen on their hardware means the end of pan-scan is at hand....
Old 06-11-03, 09:19 AM
  #2  
DVD Talk Reviewer
 
Yakuza Bengoshi's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Region Free
Posts: 1,896
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
The writing has been on the wall for some time. The end though hasn't yet come, and won't until J6P feels compelled to upgrade to a 16:9 set. Look for family films to be the last holdouts.
Old 06-11-03, 09:45 AM
  #3  
DVD Talk Reviewer
 
Yakuza Bengoshi's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Region Free
Posts: 1,896
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
^I don't think you understood the question or the response. Smackdaddy postulated that the adoption of HD hardware at Walmart might signal the end of pan&scan. I responded that pan&scan would remain for as long as J6P still watched TV on a 4:3 set. That some people wanted only widescreen since "long before laserdiscs" has no bearing on when P&S will die.
Old 06-11-03, 11:14 AM
  #4  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: 3rd Planet from the Sun
Posts: 3,701
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
End end of P&S? Nope.
Walmart will always need to cater to the lowest common denominator.
Old 06-11-03, 12:37 PM
  #5  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Jun 1999
Location: USA
Posts: 12,349
Received 13 Likes on 10 Posts
I'm wondering if Blockbusters change of heart on widescreen releases coupled with Wal-Mart going widescreen on their hardware means the end of pan-scan is at hand....
Curious. My local Wal-Mart only sells pan and scan dvd's. Seems they got out of their way to only stock those.

Echoing Movie Man's comment, not only the lowest common denominator, Wal-Mart will sell whatever they can in the largest quantity they can.
Old 06-11-03, 01:13 PM
  #6  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Houston, Tx
Posts: 3,538
Received 183 Likes on 125 Posts
If they are catering to the lowest common denominator, then why bother with widescreen HD sets(the broadcasting of Discovery HD is what really kills me)?

I don't honestly think that we will ever be rid of p&s releases, but I think this is a move in the right direction.
Old 06-11-03, 02:34 PM
  #7  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Bill Geiger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Florida
Posts: 12,924
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Pioneer 53 inch widescreen

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...%3A3987%3A3996

1976.00 before taxes

Panasonic 53 inch widescreen

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...%3A3996%3A4561

Over 1700 shipped and taxed with in home delivery and setup.

They also have an RCA there but no one will ever buy that!

See all of them listed here:

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...A3996%3A107530

Last edited by Bill Geiger; 06-11-03 at 02:39 PM.
Old 06-11-03, 03:12 PM
  #8  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Houston, Tx
Posts: 3,538
Received 183 Likes on 125 Posts
They had a few different models on display in-store. A 30" RCA for $899, 43(maybe 47)" Philips for $1300 or so along with the big Pioneer.

The online and instore prices can vary quite a bit since walmart.com is a separate entity from the B&M's. I know this from trying to price match one of their online prices in-store.
Old 06-11-03, 03:43 PM
  #9  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Nazgul's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Jayhawk Central, Kansas
Posts: 7,125
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Originally posted by Movie_Man
End end of P&S? Nope.
Walmart will always need to cater to the lowest common denominator.
I buy all of my stuff widescreen, but is it really necessary to snip at people who buy pan and scan? Some people just don't really care what format it is.
Old 06-12-03, 01:35 AM
  #10  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Bay Area, CA
Posts: 14,806
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
They should, dammit.

Full screen will burn your hands, I tell ya. It's the DEVIL'S TOOL!
Old 06-12-03, 10:01 AM
  #11  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: GA
Posts: 1,397
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
What the heck is J6P? LOL Just 6 People?
Old 06-12-03, 12:14 PM
  #12  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 553
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Joe Six-Pack
Old 06-12-03, 01:14 PM
  #13  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 8,572
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
I think the reason that full screen is stocked more than widescreen is incompetent orderers and stocking sheets, think about it:

You look at the sheet:

Indiana Jones Complete:Full Screen
Indiana Jones Complete:Widescreen


Full screen comes first on the list, so the orderer, marks it down thinking he only needs one version of it.
Old 06-13-03, 03:11 AM
  #14  
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: AZ, US
Posts: 93
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally posted by ScottyWH
LOL Just 6 People?
You really broke into laughter after that comment?
Old 06-13-03, 12:53 PM
  #15  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 1,055
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I broke my leg after that comment.

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.