Toshiba HD DVD Player Hits The $200 Barrier
It finally happened: the Toshiba A2 is the first HD DVD player to retail for less than $200. This is the price that marked the rise of the DVD player; will the history repeat itself and proclaim Toshiba's video format as the winner of the current format war?
October 30, 2007
Then again, the format might be in a clearing, but is not out of the woods yet. First of all, chances are that the recent price drop is only meant to clear up current A2 stocks so that a new model ( the new A3) would fill in the empty spot, at a higher price, of course.
Second, Transformers might be the best selling next-gen format title so far, but there's no guarantee that it will keep its title in the near future. Spider-Man 3 gets released on Blu-Ray today and might brake the previous record. Furthermore, the Blu-ray format is still champion of disc retail, having managed to sell almost twice than the rival side.
Last but not least, consumers are still reluctant to go for one of the two format, for fear they would end up in the losing side in the future and would rather continue to place their bets on the old DVD format. Transformers' record of 100,000 HD DVDs looks rather pale when compared to the 4.5 million DVDs on the first day.