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Old 02-27-2007, 04:28 PM
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How about some information on the story that CIrcuit City will be selling Toshiba HD DVD players at retail. Also, are rumors of Smokey and the Bandit coming to HD DVD in May true?

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Old 02-27-2007, 06:45 PM
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Here's confirmation on the 'Smokey and the Bandit' rumors:
http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/sh..._DVD_Slate/495

As for Circuit City, we haven't heard anything official...
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Probably the new release list site is probably best area for including information about new releases.

I be curious where does official information come from - does it come from press releases from Studios. Or from some of retailers like Amazon.
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Old 02-27-2007, 10:40 PM
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Default Circuit City--Is this significant?

HD DVD plugs into Circuit City
Support from retailer, Microsoft could help format against Blu-ray
By Susanne Ault 2/23/2007
FEB. 23 | With Blu-ray Disc title sales overtaking HD DVD movies, BD backers are declaring the high-definition DVD format war over. There are new signs, however, that HD DVD shouldn’t be counted out yet.

Among them: stepped up support for the format from Circuit City, a new Microsoft business-to-business Web site aimed at bringing independent program suppliers into the HD DVD fold and retailers’ belief that Toshiba player prices will soon drop, increasing their penetration.

At the start of the year, Circuit City stores, which traditionally have not carried Toshiba consumer electronics products, began stocking Toshiba’s second-generation set-top HD DVD players. The chain has carried BD players since last spring.

Circuit City officials declined to discuss their merchandising strategy for HD DVD software now that the chain is also carrying players, but it’s believed the titles, which were previously mixed in with standard DVDs, are getting prominence on par with BD releases.

“Circuit City has become a very strong partner,” said Jodi Sally, VP of marketing for Toshiba America Consumer Products Digital A/V group. “We’ve already done over 200 demos at Circuit City, which we started at the end of January. It was always our intention to expand our retail distribution.”


Sally reported that through Feb. 13, sales of Toshiba’s second HD-A2 ($499) and HD-XA2 ($999), which went on sale in late December, have eclipsed the lifetime sales of the company’s first-generation players. She declined to further detail sales results.

BD software looks to be gaining ground, with two BD discs sold for every one HD DVD title sold during January, according to studio sources. But lifetime sales of HD DVD and BD titles are running fairly even—at about 700,000 discs sold for each format through Feb. 10, according to one studio.

“Let’s say the software sales are about even, and you’ve got five times as much hardware on the Blu-ray side as you have on the HD DVD side,” said one executive. “That means your attach rates for HD DVD are higher than your attach rates for Blu-ray,” he said, pointing to 1 million PlayStation 3 and stand-alone BD devices combined in homes, versus about 200,000 HD DVD players that have sold, including stand-alones and Xbox 360 add-on drives.

Retailers remain upbeat about HD DVD, and some say they are anticipating a $100 price cut from Toshiba on its second-generation players. That would bring the manufacturer’s basic model down to as low as $399.

“You’ll see the lower pricing in 30 to 60 days,” said one retail source. “For Toshiba to hit the sell-through numbers that it wants, I expect to see a base level of $299 this fall.”

Toshiba’s Sally did not respond to questions about pricing by deadline.

But most retailers believe that current sales levels of HD DVD and BD are far too small to indicate real strength in either format.

“In the next 12 to 18 months, there will be 100 million high-definition TV sets out in the marketplace,” said David Workman, director of the Progressive Retailers Organization, an electronics buying group. “And if DVD is a popular source for [entertainment], then I’d like to see the [high-def player] numbers catch up. It should be 10% of that installed market,” or 10 million hardware units sold.

“It’s not like the consumer has spoken,” Best Buy spokesman Brian Lucas said. “The numbers are still really small, and it’s still early in the game.”

Meanwhile, Microsoft is hoping to garner further industry support for HD DVD In contrast to the format’s consumer destination, Microsoft’s site is reaching out to suppliers and DVD authoring facilities in order to ramp up the production of HD DVD titles.

“We want to show the smaller guys—the second- and third-tier studios—how easy it is to make HD DVD movies,” said Kevin Collins, Microsoft’s director of HD DVD evangelism. Currently, the bulk of BD and HD DVD releases are coming from the major studios.

Separately, in good news for both formats, Borders started offering both HD DVD and BD titles in about 30 to 50 of its stores around the beginning of the year, according to studio sources. Borders declined comment.
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Old 02-27-2007, 11:17 PM
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We don't list titles in our release schedules until they are officially announced via press release by the distributor. Typically studios will pre-announce titles to retailers (and retailers will in turn list on their sites), but those dates are often highly subject to change.

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Probably the new release list site is probably best area for including information about new releases.

I be curious where does official information come from - does it come from press releases from Studios. Or from some of retailers like Amazon.
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Old 02-27-2007, 11:19 PM
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CCAR, thanks for the Circuit City story -- I'll pass along to our news editor... no promises that they'll pick it up.
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As much as Sony wants everyone to think this war is over, I would conclude that it is just getting started. With barely more than 150 titles on either format, I believe that it will take a little more time to have a definitive winner.
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Default You're Welcome Jed

I enjoy the website. Keep up the great work.
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As much as Sony wants everyone to think this war is over, I would conclude that it is just getting started. With barely more than 150 titles on either format, I believe that it will take a little more time to have a definitive winner.
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150 titles? 186 BD and 175 HD that are shippable today. 218 BD and 188 HD able to order.
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people still go to Circuit City? I personally dont think this move will really gain much for HD-DVD if its true because Circuit dosent near have the traffic of bigger corps like Best Buy or have the premium equipments that they offer, thus a higher end customer going to BBY who is ready to spend that form of money
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