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HD-DVD player for 98.87

Discussion in 'The Movies' started by chiefsfan, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. Nov 2, 2007 #41 of 151
    GCanada

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    Cant find any toshiba dvd players. I'd really like the a35 since I have 7.1 but this would work till the price on that drops and then I can just give it to my parents later on.
     
  2. Nov 2, 2007 #42 of 151
    GCanada

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    Searched the local ads online and walmart.com to not find any hd-dvd players.
     
  3. Nov 2, 2007 #43 of 151
    Chris Blount

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    Don't get me started on Mr Hunt. :nono2:
     
  4. Nov 2, 2007 #44 of 151
    Drew2k

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    Well, I got the last $98.97 HD-A2 player at my local WalMart, and it was only due to luck! Online said the store opened at 8 AM, I got there at 7:45, saw people going in, found out they opened at 7, and grabbed the last A2 just before another guy walked up to ask where the A2s were! :D

    So I have joined the HD DVD revolution!

    The only thing is the store had no info on the free 5-HD-DVD deal, and there's nothing in the box about it. Anyone know how to get the free HD-DVDs?
     
  5. Nov 2, 2007 #45 of 151
    GP_23

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    No Star Wars on any High Def format, these players don't even put out a full 1080p picture. I'll stick with my PS3, Meet the Robinson's looked and sounded awesome on Blu-ray!
     
  6. Nov 2, 2007 #46 of 151
    Snoofie

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    I remember that they were saying HD-DVD was the better format, but now they "offically" support Blu-Ray. There argument makes sense, but I have always felt it would be hardware price that won the war, not studio support. People will buy a <$100 HD-DVD player and then pressure the studios to support their choice. If there are twice as many HD-DVD players in the market, which it is pretty close to even right now, then the studios will no longer just support one format. I have the XBOX 360 HD-DVD player and have really liked it, but I will try to get in on this deal and then sell that.
     
  7. Nov 2, 2007 #47 of 151
    Drew2k

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    OK, a Google search found the attached PDF. Looks like I'll have to settle - I'm not thrilled with the selections, but ... free is free! :)
     
  8. Nov 2, 2007 #48 of 151
    Chris Blount

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    I agree. I used to like Bill Hunt but he lost his credibility (at least with me) when he chose sides. He basically has backed himself into a corner.

    I looked to the Digital Bits for getting information about all aspects of digital home theater but his recent rantings are getting hard to swallow. I also used to support the site by using his Amazon links when purchasing DVD's. Not any more.
     
  9. Nov 2, 2007 #49 of 151
    Snoofie

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  10. Nov 2, 2007 #50 of 151
    Drew2k

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    This is my situation - I have a 720p TV from 2005. I now have a sub-$100 HD DVD player that nicely complements my TV. By the time I upgrade my TV to 1080p, the price of 1080p DVD players will have dropped, and hey - maybe the format wars will even have been settled. When that time comes and I upgrade to a 1080p HD player, my new 720p/1080i HD-DVD player will go to the bedroom and take on a second life.
     
  11. Nov 2, 2007 #51 of 151
    pete4192

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    I was first in line at 6:00 AM this morning. I guess I can't make fun of my wife for getting up at 3:00 AM the day after Thanksgiving every year.
    Only 15 available at my store and all 15 were accounted for by 7:00 AM (store open 24 hrs, sale started at 8:00 AM). Wal-Mart had a dreadful selection of HD DVDs, though. They could not find the $14.95 HD DVDs that were advertised, so I had to settle for a $20 copy of Top Gun. Guess I'm headed to BB today to purchase a couple movies for this weekend.
     
  12. Nov 2, 2007 #52 of 151
    Drew2k

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    There were only three specific titles offered at $14.96, so they would have been hard to find anyway. The WalMart I visited was selling other HD-DVD for $24.96 and would not budge on that price.
     
  13. Nov 2, 2007 #53 of 151
    Chris Blount

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    I should think that the lack of 1080p on the A2 is a non- issue. A 1080p display device will upconvert 1080i to 1080p.
     
  14. Nov 2, 2007 #54 of 151
    Capmeister

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    http://www.wired.com/gadgets/displays/magazine/test2007/tv_burning_question

    "A 20/20 human eye can't recognize details smaller than 1/60 of a
    degree of arc. Don't worry, you don't have to understand that. With a
    little math, though, we can use this number to find the distance
    beyond which the eye has trouble distinguishing one pixel from
    another. It turns out to be 137 percent of the diagonal measurement of
    any 16:9 widescreen: around 38 inches from a 32-inch TV. So if you're
    sitting 5 feet away, you'll never notice the difference between 720
    and 1,080 lines of resolution. But if you trade up to a 60-inch
    screen, that distance jumps to almost six feet. Better push the couch
    back."

    Unless you're viewing your HDTV really close, you won't even notice 720p to 1080i let alone 1080p.
     
  15. Nov 2, 2007 #55 of 151
    GCanada

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    Well I got one. First one there and they had a decent amount of them. Total cost $108. At 8am when they went on sale they sold 10 of them and still had a few more in back. For the crappy 50" plasma for $998 they only had two. The computers they were selling for under $400 didnt look to hot either.
     
  16. Nov 2, 2007 #56 of 151
    Carl Spock

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    I got mine. They weren't busy and had a stack of 10 at least. With Transformers - gotta have something to play! - it was $137.20.

    I bought this because the first season of Star Trek is coming out on HD-DVD in December. I'm buying that now, too. [​IMG]

    I still have an open HDMI input for the Blu-Ray player. Come on, Sony, make a cheap one. :listenup:
     
  17. Nov 2, 2007 #57 of 151
    Stuart Sweet

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    I've decided to stay on the sidelines yet again, it's not that the price isn't great, it's that I feel like 6 months from now HDDVD players will be half that and regular DVD players will be starting to disappear.
     
  18. Nov 2, 2007 #58 of 151
    GCanada

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    Talking to people in line and others I dont see that happening anytime soon. DVD just hit "main stream" aka late adapters in 2006.
     
  19. Nov 2, 2007 #59 of 151
    Michael D'Angelo

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    Stuart I did not try to get one either. I am still waiting to see if HD DVD or Blu Ray wins to get a nice player. If they both stay around some how that is fine also and I will get a combo unit. But I don't want to buy one and 2 months later the other wins.

    So I will stick with my PS3 and my HD DVD drive for my Xbox 360 for now.
     
  20. Nov 2, 2007 #60 of 151
    Carl Spock

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    ^ Given the selection of movies at Wal-Mart, I wouldn't blame you. All the ones I wanted to watch were Blu-Ray.

    But then, I've always been an early adopter. Pioneer LD-1100 top load LaserDisc player, anyone?

    At least I didn't buy a RCA Skipovision. [​IMG]
     

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