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Old 04-20-2007, 07:10 AM
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http://www.engadgethd.com/2007/04/20...er-on-the-way/
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Old 04-20-2007, 07:52 AM
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That's great news. The question is whether it will be branded Fuh Yuan or TDK... I'm hoping TDK will brand it, that may it may get a good deal of credibility. But either way, we've broken the $300 mark

Hopefully it will have some good specs too.
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I think $299 is still too pricey for the Wal-Mart crowd. I'm thinking at $199 this will do well. Granted, even at $299 this would be great advertising for HD DVD by its mere presense at Wal-Mart stores. But they're in the business of selling products, not growing formats, so I'm thinking $249 at most. Will be interesting to see.
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Correct me if I'm wrong but weren't we seeing posts not to long ago that Wally was getting out of the HD DVD market. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM, Must of been a memo from sony.........
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So now they've editted the article... possibly it's BD or combo.

Hopefully there's an official english press release soon to clear things up.
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So now they've editted the article... possibly it's BD or combo.

Hopefully there's an official english press release soon to clear things up.
The blue part may just be a reference to blue laser, which both formats use. But coming from a Chinese company, I would still put my bets on HD DVD.
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The blue part may just be a reference to blue laser, which both formats use. But coming from a Chinese company, I would still put my bets on HD DVD.
The reference to the Blue Light or Laser is very likely because China also has its own Red Laser HD DVD format. They likely add the Blue part to differentiate.
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I think $299 is still too pricey for the Wal-Mart crowd. I'm thinking at $199 this will do well. Granted, even at $299 this would be great advertising for HD DVD by its mere presense at Wal-Mart stores. But they're in the business of selling products, not growing formats, so I'm thinking $249 at most. Will be interesting to see.
Naw i don't think so. Walk over by the tv section they have plenty of hd sets for $600-1200. $299 is a good price.
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Naw i don't think so. Walk over by the tv section they have plenty of hd sets for $600-1200. $299 is a good price.
Actually, that's the problem. They have a pretty decent selection of $600 to $800 HDTVs, and those are guaranteed to be even cheaper for the holidays. I think a lot of typical consumers are too cheap to pay for a dvd player that costs 50% of what they just paid for a TV.

But hey, $299 is a good bit cheaper than what BD players will be selling for. And if Wal-Mart is only carrying HD DVD product this summer/winter... well that alone will be a HUGE boost to HD DVD in sales and image, regardless of price.

Honestly though, even though these may start at $299 when they hit the shelves (and I think that could be as early as August if they're ready to begin manufacture), they could easily be marketed on Black Friday for $199 to really boost sales.

Overall, if this all pans out, its guaranteed to be a positive development for HD DVD
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IGN has a story that says it's going to be $199-$299.

http://gear.ign.com/articles/782/782359p1.html

The lower the better.
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