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Saw this in my local Tesco. I know they were selling these for £99 but they're now further redued to clear at £59.

A true bargain for this piece of kit and although HD DVD is dead and buried, this play normal DVD and upscale to 1080p. Has optical,ethernet, HDMI etc.

THere are 2 free HD DVDS inside the box, Bourne Supremecy and 300 and theres also a leaflet inside to get 5 more via post!
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#1
what store was it at?? might be worth ringing up seein if its nationwide etc...not a bad deal, would be good if it has usb connection to
#2
Tempting if it had been able to play DivX as well, but it can't unfortunately.
#3
The 5 free HD Dvd's offer expired over a year ago.
#4
Its a good player especially now there is a dvd multi region hack for it.
#5
a door stop...isnt it pointless buying this, surely better off investing in a blu ray player or perhaps just stick with a dvd player?
#6
I know it's hard to find hd-dvd players these days but anyone thinking of getting one should really question whether its worth paying about £40 extra for a blu-ray player.
#7
Chorlton;5217269
Its a good player especially now there is a dvd multi region hack for it.


??? I'd like to know that one if possible. Got any links for it? :thumbsup:
#8
all the tescos around me havent stocked these for over a year! cant see them getting in new stock of something that isnt produced anymore....
#9
I've got this player, good machine. Where did you find the hack??
#10
The hack involves updating the firmware, I've done it to mine with no probs.

Thread on it here:

http://www.avforums.com/forums/hd-dvd-players/861280-toshiba-ep30-region-free-firmware.html
banned#11
Hi moeman is it possible to download EP30-dirty1 firmware for this dvd player, any links available?
#12
cesc4
Hi moeman is it possible to download EP30-dirty1 firmware for this dvd player, any links available?


moeman gave you the link! I did it myself a good while ago. You may need to join avforums to be able to access the download links, but thats no harm now is it.
1 Like #13
Don't see the point in spending £60 on an obsolete machine.

I have got a betamax for sale if anyone's interested. £40 ono.
#14
I have a region-free EP30 and a collection of about 60 HD-DVD's.

Quality is as good as my Sony blu-ray player, and the films were much cheaper.

My total outlay for this hi definition mini film library - less than £250.

Let's see you do that with blu-ray!

Chris
#15
Great deal, still able to get cheap HD-DVDs and as someone already said it plays normal DVDs to (upscaled). Good kit, although it takes an age to "boot" up. I bought mine for £100 last year and was well worth it.

Also, thanks for the firmware hack, i'll try it later - been looking for an "update" for ages!
#16
great player, got one myself way back. these can play 1080p 24 fps. also on some normal DVD's lord of the rings for example look stunning upscaled. still some bargains to be had on HD. but prices of blueray are coming down both players and disks.
1 Like #17
I'll thrown in the link to HMV's £2.99 HD-DVD collection to save people having to search for it:

http://hmv.com/hmvweb/specialOffers.do?ctx=280;-1;-1;-1;-1&code=08WYQ

Chris
#18
evapor8
I have a region-free EP30 and a collection of about 60 HD-DVD's.

Quality is as good as my Sony blu-ray player, and the films were much cheaper.

My total outlay for this hi definition mini film library - less than £250.

Let's see you do that with blu-ray!

Chris


Surely the films were cheaper because HD lost the format war. If Watchmen or Star Trek were coming out on HD I might be tempted, but I doubt they will somehow...
#19
Noghar
Surely the films were cheaper because HD lost the format war. If Watchmen or Star Trek were coming out on HD I might be tempted, but I doubt they will somehow...


So the fact that HD-DVD lost the format war is my gain! I couldn't get the majority of my HD-DVD collection on ordinary dvd for the price I paid, so I don't see that as being a downside.

Yes, it's a dead format, but there are definitely bargains to be had as a result.

Chris
#20
Ian182
Don't see the point in spending £60 on an obsolete machine.

I have got a betamax for sale if anyone's interested. £40 ono.


see this is what make you look like a fool . all the betamax comments that come up in regards hd dvd are so far off the mark its untrue.

betamax would play one type of format so you were stuffed when video won the format war .

hd-dvd meanwhile plays more than one type of disc :-

hd-dvd
dvd
cd

so theres no comparision and your statement is inaccurate

voted hot as good price for a hi-def player that also plays dvds ( and cd )
#21
I can still see the point of buying the Xbox HD-DVD drive because it can be used as an external DVD on netbooks etc and will play DVD's on the Xbox, thus saving the internal drive from wear. Oh, and for cheap HD-DVD's too but I'm not sure about getting a stand alone player though.
#22
Cracking price.
#23
Ian182
I have got a betamax for sale if anyone's interested. £40 ono.
Make and model please and is it in full working order?

Betamax players still go for very good money if they are in good condition!! have seen some going to almost £200 on ebay and the original tapes and head cleaners can fetch quite a bit as well, as for the EP30 I bought my one for £50 from amazon and sold it for almost double.

There is a betamax with a current bid of £150 + £40 postage from ebay uk now btw.
#24
professor yaffle
The 5 free HD Dvd's offer expired over a year ago.


you get 2 free in th box
#25
This is turning into an unneccesary format war.

For those that fail to understand, this is good for those people that KNOW (like I did in May 2008, when I bought my EP30) that HD DVD as a format is dead.

The reason being is that people like myself are film buffs, and want films in hi-def, not bothered about the format, concerned with price.

Its not a format war Blu-ray and HD DVD both play 1080P/VC1 codec, and both support DolbyTrue HD.

People buy these players because of the library of titles available through fire sales, whilst its not now as good a time to buy as there is a lessening library available through online retailers, there is still a plethora of titles available to buy second hand.

I recently have come back from the US and added a further 12 titles that were unavailable in the UK from a fire sale at Frys Electronics on titles. I have something in the region of over 70 HD DVDs and dont regret the outlay one bit, a number of titles have not even been released on Blu Ray...there again I stress I am a film enthusiast rather than a format war enthusiast, one that thinks though with their pocket.

The main reason this is a better deal than the Xbox drive is that the playback quality is superior and the Xbox unit doesnt support TrueHD.
#26
Will have to check out my nearest branch later on :thumbsup:
#27
Be aware that boot up is about 30 seconds on this machine. Therefore, its not the best choice if you intend to use this primarily as a DVD upscaler.
#28
anyone seen that Star Wars based comedy... Fanboys
banned#29
cicobuff;5218370

The main reason this is a better deal than the Xbox drive is that the playback quality is superior and the Xbox unit doesnt support TrueHD.

Agreed, its no wonder some people think upscaled dvds look just as good as full HD if thats what they were playing the HD-DVDs on.
#30
don't forget Tesco clubcard vouchers are arriving as we speak........
#31
N20Y1D
Agreed, its no wonder some people think upscaled dvds look just as good as full HD if thats what they were playing the HD-DVDs on.


err…

TrueHD is an audio format, so therefore has zero impact on picture quality.
Have you tried a 360 HD-DVD drive?
#32
smashed
err…

TrueHD is an audio format, so therefore has zero impact on picture quality.
Have you tried a 360 HD-DVD drive?


I think you will find he is referring to my FULL statement, the xbox 360 doesnt support True HD AND the picture quality isn't as good....and yes personally I OWN both and notice that the HDEP30 has superior picture quality pumped through the same 42" tv
#33
cicobuff
I think you will find he is referring to my FULL statement, the xbox 360 doesnt support True HD AND the picture quality isn't as good....and yes personally I OWN both and notice that the HDEP30 has superior picture quality pumped through the same 42" tv


+1 Just what I was about to say.
#34
N20Y1D
Agreed, its no wonder some people think upscaled dvds look just as good as full HD if thats what they were playing the HD-DVDs on.


???? The 360 drive supports 1080p. I would imagine the standalone player is better PQ though.
#35
cicobuff
I think you will find he is referring to my FULL statement, the xbox 360 doesnt support True HD AND the picture quality isn't as good....and yes personally I OWN both and notice that the HDEP30 has superior picture quality pumped through the same 42" tv


But would you agree that you cant see a difference between a DVD upscaled and an HD-DVD via a 360?? :w00t:
Ive owned both too, and tried them out on a 42" plasma, a 50" plasma, and an HD projector. Anybody who thinks an upscaled DVD is equivalent to an HD-DVD via a 360 needs their eyes tested.

And dont get me started on the merits of buying a £50 "upscaling" dvd player :thumbsup:
#36
smashed
But would you agree that you cant see a difference between a DVD upscaled and an HD-DVD via a 360?? :w00t:
Ive owned both too, and tried them out on a 42" plasma, a 50" plasma, and an HD projector. Anybody who thinks an upscaled DVD is equivalent to an HD-DVD via a 360 needs their eyes tested.

And dont get me started on the merits of buying a £50 "upscaling" dvd player :thumbsup:


No, you can see a difference between an upscaled dvd and HD DVD via 360, however the playback is definitely not as sharp on my set, compared with the HDEP30.

As for the merits of buying a 50 quid upscaling dvd player, there is, I own the Toshiba XDE500 and it certainly does have its merits over the HDEP30 or any other upscaler at the price, I only use my HDEP30 for HD DVD and upscaling 4:3 SD which is the only downfall of the XDE500.
#37
which tescos was this from?
#38
really you shouldnt buy this now if its your first hd-dvd as the cheap hd movies are dying out - hmv now sell under 30 and they used to have almost 80.

also it is quite a lot of money, however they do sell well on ebay, and if you are wanting to buy a backup one for thre future if your player goes kaput then its not bad.

i have the hd-dvd add-on for the xbox but could do with an extra one just in case. i love my hd-dvds and watch them a lot, until i get my ps3 back off my brother then it will be mainly my blurays getting watched.

of course i only have an hd ready tv, cant afford full hd but when i get one in a few years the films will look even better.
#39
royals
a door stop...isnt it pointless buying this, surely better off investing in a blu ray player or perhaps just stick with a dvd player?


Mistaken
I know it's hard to find hd-dvd players these days but anyone thinking of getting one should really question whether its worth paying about £40 extra for a blu-ray player.


Ian182
Don't see the point in spending £60 on an obsolete machine.

I have got a betamax for sale if anyone's interested. £40 ono.


You may have a point, however, it is a great price for people who may have an Xbox 360 and wnt to change to a stand alone machine, and also, I am going to try and get another one of these for our bedroom, because funnily enough all of my HD-DVD's want play on a BluRay player!! :thumbsup:

Despite HD-DVD being out of production, this is a good deal IMO because of the cheap films around and after all it is still HD and still has quite a large catalogue of films available... I have a BD player as well, and so buy HD-DVD if they are available because of the price and BD if the film is new...

Voted hot:thumbsup:
#40
stingersplash
really you shouldnt buy this now if its your first hd-dvd as the cheap hd movies are dying out - hmv now sell under 30 and they used to have almost 80.

also it is quite a lot of money, however they do sell well on ebay, and if you are wanting to buy a backup one for thre future if your player goes kaput then its not bad.

i have the hd-dvd add-on for the xbox but could do with an extra one just in case. i love my hd-dvds and watch them a lot, until i get my ps3 back off my brother then it will be mainly my blurays getting watched.

of course i only have an hd ready tv, cant afford full hd but when i get one in a few years the films will look even better.


Well said:thumbsup:

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