News that Wal-Mart was planning to sell a high-def disc player at the discounted price of anywhere from $50-$299 spread across the web like wildfire Friday, but at the end of the day, the unconfirmed report raises more questions than it answers.
LOL $50 dollars? wtf
$50 is said to be the speculated cost of the product to Wal-Mart...not the actual price. Not sure how it became the consumer price.
Wait and see game, but I hope it's HD DVD if they anounce it at all. Could be just bogus, could be real, who knows?
Food For Thought went to walmart last night to get some groceries and checked out the electronics department counted hd-dvds and blu ray Titles HD-DVD: 10 Blu-Ray: 21
So did I. But I was told they a only have 1 Blu Ray title X-men Last Stand (1) copy. They apparently sold out of HD-DVD. Manager told me HD-DVD sales out pretty well. Target is still doing 50/50 until 2008'. The 2007 ENT reset already happened a few months ago leaving them both still 50/50.
That just means they sold half their stock of HD-DVD's.LOL
Our Wal-Mart is stocking very little of either format because they don't move. Best Buy gets approx. 20-30 of each title in HD and Blu...last time I counted the boxes.
If so HD DVD and player is dying - not good.... Im not bashing.
a good friend of mine owns a small electronics store. he has had the same hd movie inventory (20 bd and 20 hddvd) for months, and he moves a lot of product. they just don't sell. those discs are probably the only thing in that store that has been there for more than 2 weeks, and it's been months. what's funny is that everyone i know that has a ps3 still buys dvds. i don't, i buy blu-ray, but noone else i know does. i think people just aren't willing to pay $30 for a movie when dvd's can be bought on day one for $15, or burnt for free. i don't think the whole "hd-ness" is enough to warrant a 100% price hike. in games, of course it does, because there is no such thing as soft focus, depth of field, etc. everything looks sharp and detailed. most movies arent shot sharp. they are shot soft, or slightly out of focus. this is why people love film so much even though it is so difficult to shoot on. it has a soft look. things don't look artificial like they do with video. sure the color replication, contrast, etc are all better in high def as well but most people don't recognize those things. so my point is that i think high def just doesn't apply as well to movies as it does to games and television (which i think is to be expected). of course people with 80" tv's will argue, and they do see more benefit, but to the general public it just doesn't have the "wow factor" when you're watching something that was shot on film.
man these must be some crappy dvd players. When a few years ago a bunch of cheap dvd players came out they were crap. And they weren't even depreciated, they just made really crummy players. I remember getting a cyberhome dvd player around 39 dollars and it wouldn't even work. But anyways i wouldn't touch these things with a 10 foot pole.
I think Wal-Mart is going to release their HD-DVD player at $99. $299 is too much; encroaching on "real" HD-DVD players, like the Toshiba. $199 is a good deal, but I think Wal-Mart understands that the average Wal-Mart consumer does not view HD-DVD as that much more superior than regular dvd, but wants to provide a cheap (blu-ray) alternative to customers purchasing new flat screen televisions; ironically, most of which are nowhere near HD quality, but will be in the very near future.
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