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Microsoft HD DVD Player £7.99 IN-STORE ONLY PRE-OWNED @ Blockbuster (nationwide)

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I just went in to my local Blockbuster to confirm their sale prices as per what other members have posted and found this much sort after gadget! It was labeled as £17.99 but scanned at £7.99. The g… Read More
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8y, 5m agoFound 8 years, 5 months ago
I just went in to my local Blockbuster to confirm their sale prices as per what other members have posted and found this much sort after gadget!

It was labeled as £17.99 but scanned at £7.99. The girl at the till confirmed the price drop and that it was across all UK stores as of today.

Pre-Owned only so ring your local stores to confirm stock levels.

Don't forget the 360 and PS3 games going between £4.99 and £12.99 while your there!

This is the first deal I have posted, only posted because so many people are looking for this drive. Best of luck to everyone hunting for one, hope this helps!
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#1
Was this just for the drive or did it come with the remote as well? Voted hot.
#2
C'mon Banjo String, wade in with the dead format bit ;-)
#3
Voted hot!

Will check my local Blockbuster later, hope they'll have one!
#4
Well it is a dead format but as long as you know that and just want it for the catalogue currently on offer then go for it.

Hot price.
#5
Did you get a picture, I need to take a big trip down to blockbusters this week. Seems to have a lot of deals. Dead format or not back catalogue of cheap hd-dvd excellent if anyone finds.
1 Like #6
Drive is £39.99 brand new but they had none second hand in any of the swindon stores. Great price if you can find them
#7
It's pre-owned so it's what ever is inside the box. Mine was the drive only, never had the remote or starter HD-DVD's. I already have a remote for it and some HD-DVD's so I'm not bothered.

I've been looking for this for ages for under £25. At £7.99 I don't care about the remote or HD-DVD's :p
#8
I voted hot because the HD DVD player is a great little add-on. Especially for that price! Even if it is second hand.

Gamestation are selling HD DVDs new for about a tenner. Worth having a look at your local Gamestation for anything in there.
#9
wizard5353
It's pre-owned so it's what ever is inside the box. Mine was the drive only, never had the remote or starter HD-DVD's. I already have a remote for it and some HD-DVD's so I'm not bothered.

I've been looking for this for ages for under £25. At £7.99 I don't care about the remote or HD-DVD's :p



Can you show a pic for us? before I start venturing round. As the ladies that work in the one in Prestatyn are about as knowledgable about these things as the computer system they use.
#10
Forget the HD-DVD playback ability that is a bonus. This is at the very least an EXTERNAL USB DVD-ROM drive for under a tenner which has to be good value and it'll work with Windows XP and Vista :)
#11
Bought one recently from TK Max. Using it mainly as a Rom Drive to copy other OS etc to Netbooks. Saves all that faffing about with a USB Stick
#12
zermattbusby
Bought one recently from TK Max. Using it mainly as a Rom Drive to copy other OS etc to Netbooks. Saves all that faffing about with a USB Stick


Couldn't find any. Was trying to find a way of using it with a ps3. But can't find it without using linux that doesn't run it well. So may well buy one in the hope to find a very cheap xbox 360
#13
For those who what a picture to confirm, have a look below;

http://i732.photobucket.com/albums/ww323/wizard5353_photos/IMAG0058.jpg
#14
mminghella
C'mon Banjo String, wade in with the dead format bit ;-)


I too assumed HD-DVD was dead,,,Assuming Blu-Ray won the HD format war,,,
banned#15
hd dvd died but bluray didnt win either really

bluray sales are pretty pants and with woolies and zavvi down the pan theres only hmv on the highstreet thats selling them

as for players its only the ps3 keeping it afloat, stand alone players are too expensive
digital downloads from psn and xbox live aswell as virgin and sky and whoever else is ment to be the future

i think analysts only gave BR a 5 year life span
#16
crispwarez
hd dvd died but bluray didnt win either really

bluray sales are pretty pants and with woolies and zavvi down the pan theres only hmv on the highstreet thats selling them

as for players its only the ps3 keeping it afloat, stand alone players are too expensive
digital downloads from psn and xbox live aswell as virgin and sky and whoever else is ment to be the future

i think analysts only gave BR a 5 year life span


Thats a very one sided view there. You can blu-rays all over the place. Zavvi and woolies were over priced on these anyway. All the leading supermarkets stock, and I know plenty of people who have a standalone blu-ray player, and as they drop which is forecast more and more people will convert. :thumbsup:
#17
So, are these players usable as standalone HD-DVD players, that I just plug into the TV, or do you have to connect to an XBOX or PC and use as an external drive ?
Thanks!
#18
Gib
So, are these players usable as standalone HD-DVD players, that I just plug into the TV, or do you have to connect to an XBOX or PC and use as an external drive ?
Thanks!


can only be used with 360 or pc. little point in buying it now though if not as a back up, the proper hd dvd fire sales finished months ago, just seems to be scraps left
banned#19
This device allows you to get a fair selection (of no longer updated) HD content for next to nothing. Not to mention is a very cheap external USB DVD ROM drive

But more importantly it lets you watch HD movies while saving you having to spend lots of money on another Sony proprietary Betamax type product (Blu Ray player) that is already obsolete before you even get it home due to the 'Profile' mess. HD DVD had it all from day 1...BluRay still hasnt got it all together.

Sony already anounced losses of several billion thanks largely to the sinking ships of BluRay and the PS3...

Downloads are the way of the future - eg NetFlix HD on the Xbox 360.
banned#20
crispwarez;4200945
hd dvd died but bluray didnt win either really

bluray sales are pretty pants and with woolies and zavvi down the pan theres only hmv on the highstreet thats selling them

as for players its only the ps3 keeping it afloat, stand alone players are too expensive
digital downloads from psn and xbox live aswell as virgin and sky and whoever else is ment to be the future

i think analysts only gave BR a 5 year life span


Thats is absolute rubbish.


And also the talk of downloads is laughable, for instance the current "HD" downloads offerered by LIVE are barely an improvement on an upscaled DVD and a million miles away from the quality of a Blu-ray or indeed a HD-DVD.


The difference in quality between a mkv download and blu-ray disc is again massive.


Just because someone labels something HD it doesnt neccesarily mean it is.


So being able to download media commercially that is on a par with blu-ray is a long way off... quite possibley well beyond the end of the 5 year life span that you talk of, and even then you will have to convince the average joe to pay for something he cannot actually touch... which again could take an eternity, mp3 downloads arent expected to over take cd sales till 2012....


http://www.itproportal.com/articles/2009/01/07/5-reasons-why-downloads-wont-kill-cd-and-dvd-sales/
#21
N20Y1D
Thats is absolute rubbish.


And also the talk of downloads is laughable, for instance the current "HD" downloads offerered by LIVE are barely an improvement on an upscaled DVD and a million miles away from the quality of a Blu-ray or indeed a HD-DVD.


The difference in quality between a mkv download and blu-ray disc is again massive.


Just because someone labels something HD it doesnt neccesarily mean it is.


So being able to download media commercially that is on a par with blu-ray is a long way off... quite possibley well beyond the end of the 5 year life span that you talk of, and even then you will have to convince the average joe to pay for something he cannot actually touch... which again could take an eternity, mp3 downloads arent expected to over take cd sales till 2012....


http://www.itproportal.com/articles/2009/01/07/5-reasons-why-downloads-wont-kill-cd-and-dvd-sales/



The HD downloads on live are 720p, I have watched a couple and they are very good quality. Not up to to Bluray or HDVD @ 1080p but most people dont have 1080p tvs. There would be no difference between a download at 720p and an HD disk if you dont have a 1080p TV as I understand it.

The original post is way over the top, but there is nothing to suggest at this stage the bluray will last the course, personally I'm holding fire to see what happens.
1 Like #22
Great deal voted hot! Hddvds can be bought here
http://hmv.com/hmvweb/specialOffers.do?ctx=280;-1;-1;-1;-1&code=08WYQ
Just watched the hulk on hddvd cracking picture.
#23
I just asked at my local Colchester and no pre owned ones, only new at £39.99 :(
#24
Called my 4 local stores 2 in enfield, 1 in cockfosters and 1 in southgate and there was...nothing, good luck all
#25
Personally I think Blu-ray needs to get its act together quickly. Sure downloads are not as nice looking as Blu-rays, but in fairness I think people are not THAT bothered by the quality. Blu-ray dosent offer visuals that are THAT much better than DVD, and without a nice spec tv and audio there is barely any point.

Free download vs expensive bluray disc. THATS what sony should be scared off....
#26
Thanks bearman3784,
If it was standalone, then I would have got it. I bought the DVD/HDDVD Original Star Trek episodes a few months back and I'd pay 8quid to be able to use the HDDVD side of the disks....
#27
Gib
Thanks bearman3784,
If it was standalone, then I would have got it. I bought the DVD/HDDVD Original Star Trek episodes a few months back and I'd pay 8quid to be able to use the HDDVD side of the disks....


yeah Plastic set in high def what I wouldn't give. :p
#28
queeg
Great deal voted hot! Hddvds can be bought here
http://hmv.com/hmvweb/specialOffers.do?ctx=280;-1;-1;-1;-1&code=08WYQ
Just watched the hulk on hddvd cracking picture.


That was a great deal :D They have barely any left :| Even last week they had more. I purchased a combo drive for pc when it first came out, and have nearly the entire catalogue of HD-DVD's for next to nothing :D.

Any other places selling HD-DVD's for that price?

Cheers
banned#29
l33t-krew;4201327

Free download vs expensive bluray disc. THATS what sony should be scared off....

What about free download v expensive CD or DVD
#30
Gamestation and Comet still have hddvd's. I think Currys might have some as well.
#31
I have to disagree with both posts....

HDDVD is dead that makes Bluray the winner in my opinion, its only a matter of time before Bluray will over take DVDs - you can find Blurays for £13 not too much from a regular DVD. I take your point that path may be a bit longer now that Zavvi and Woolies gone under.

"download is laughable" why? if i'm not mistaken, in principle, HDDVD and Bluray are only the format for the medium, the actual content and encoding isn't really that different generally h.245/MP4 wrapped in some sort of container which the player decodes. technically i think you can actually fit a 720p or 1080p film on a double sided DVD if you want, highly compressed of course. So if you can download a few gigs then the quality should be as good, assuming the contents is genuinly HD.
#32
Can these be used as caddies? I.e. could I install a SATA Blu Ray drive inside it
#33
A good price for a HD dvd player, they are still many bargain HD dvd's around, came across spiderman the movie (1978) version for £2.49 and Harry Potter and the goblet of fire for £4.49 new, not sure how much delivery is as I have never ordered from this site, but still a good price for HD. Hope this is of some use!!!

[url]www.rdvd.co.uk[/url].
banned#34
monsteria;4201416

"download is laughable" why? if i'm not mistaken, in principle, HDDVD and Bluray are only the format for the medium, the actual content and encoding isn't really that different generally h.245/MP4 wrapped in some sort of container which the player decodes. technically i think you can actually fit a 720p or 1080p film on a double sided DVD if you want, highly compressed of course. So if you can download a few gigs then the quality should be as good, assuming the contents is genuinly HD.

Its all jolly dull but if you are bored...

http://gizmodo.com/5048025/giz-explains-why-hd-video-downloads-arent-very-high-def

http://www.dvdfile.com/article/of-resolution-bit-rates-and-scaling-11859

I’ve often stated that less compression and higher bit rate yield better images. I’ve claimed that as a result, BD (1080p at 40 Mbps) looks better than HD DVD (1080p at 28 Mbps). So what do you think an Apple HD download in 720p resolution at 4 Mbps is going to look like? (Or, for that matter, an Xbox 360 download in 720p resolution at 6.8 Mbps?)

Is there competition between Apple and Blu-ray Disc? No. These are two entirely different markets. The former market doesn’t care about quality and the latter does. Will Apple be successful? Possibly. I can’t deny the existence of a market for those who don’t care about what a film looks like or sounds like. What a pity. But don’t you be deceived. The finest high definition experience available today and for the foreseeable future is on Blu-ray Disc.


http://www.tvpredictions.com/zdnet011808.htm
"Under most normal circumstances, the low bit-rate 720p so-called 'HD' video will be inferior though many companies are betting that consumers won’t know any better. So the bottom line is that so-called “HD” video from Microsoft’s XBOX360 HD download service and Apple’s new Apple TV service or any other web download service is simply not HD by any respectable definition."
#35
mminghella
C'mon Banjo String, wade in with the dead format bit ;-)


Dont be silly, Banjo String loves HD DVD, in his eyes its the natural evolution from his current great format, BETAmax.

Just a quick question, how come the cretin hasnt been removed from the forum yet?
#36
crispwarez
hd dvd died but bluray didnt win either really

bluray sales are pretty pants and with woolies and zavvi down the pan theres only hmv on the highstreet thats selling them

as for players its only the ps3 keeping it afloat, stand alone players are too expensive
digital downloads from psn and xbox live aswell as virgin and sky and whoever else is ment to be the future

i think analysts only gave BR a 5 year life span


Its an interesting dilema. I agree that both Blue Ray and HD DVD were just slightly too late to market in order to convince everyone to renew their DVD collection or to start up a new one considering that digital downloads are probably the way forward. I do, however, think that they will get a resurgence as a recordable medium to store your downloads, say in 12-18 months time when the recorders and the media in fact becomes a cheaper and more accessable option
#37
damn, that's awesome. Gotta get me one of these.
#38
Just been up to Blockbusters in Southampton and they said the pre-owned ones weren't £7.99 on their system, but they only had new ones in stock anyway.
#39
Do these upscale normal dvds? That would definitely be worth getting it for - or is it a completely different format?
#40
N20Y1D
Thats is absolute rubbish.


And also the talk of downloads is laughable, for instance the current "HD" downloads offerered by LIVE are barely an improvement on an upscaled DVD and a million miles away from the quality of a Blu-ray or indeed a HD-DVD.


The difference in quality between a mkv download and blu-ray disc is again massive.


Just because someone labels something HD it doesnt neccesarily mean it is.


So being able to download media commercially that is on a par with blu-ray is a long way off... quite possibley well beyond the end of the 5 year life span that you talk of, and even then you will have to convince the average joe to pay for something he cannot actually touch... which again could take an eternity, mp3 downloads arent expected to over take cd sales till 2012....


http://www.itproportal.com/articles/2009/01/07/5-reasons-why-downloads-wont-kill-cd-and-dvd-sales/


From all the comments I've read about for and against it's surprising there is such a split on this one. Personally I can tell a mile off a good Blu-ray transfer against a good DVD transfer and it doesn't need to be on my projector either - my full HD 24" monitor clearly shows the superiority in my eyes the quality of Blu Ray over DVD. I have to admit if your eyesight is not that good then yes, the differences may not be worth it.

Add to this the far superior sound that is available as well makes it a format I'd hate to lose to some over compressed download format.

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