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The Toshiba Outlet at Cheshire Oaks retail park near chester are selling the Toshiba HD-E1 HD-DVD Player for £99.99.

The 5 free HD-DVD discs is still valid until the end of January.

Chap at work got one of these today and it seemed like a really good deal to me so I thought I would share it with you lot.

Not sure how many they have left or how long it will be at this price best give them a call to check if you fancy one.
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#1
Hot , but only problem is that HD-DVD can be a short lived like those MINIDISC. Since previous HD-DVD exculsive switched and switching to Blu-Ray exculsive. As they want to end the HD-DVD and Blu-Ray war because lost in sales of DVD and HD-DVD last year. Beside that Blu-Ray movies sell more than HD-DVD movies.
#2
Dont buy one... Sony is winning the HD format war & thus HD DVD will be as popular as betamax soon.

read here

http://news.sky.com/skynews/xml/article/tech/0,,91221-12199,00.html
#3
Hot. Offer is probably also valid at McArthur Glen designer outlet in Ashford (kent). I bought one of their DVD/Divx players a couple of months ago for £19.

And HD DVD isn't 'dead' it just has limited support. Bet your bottom dollar the chinese 'silvers' crew will take up the slack ;-)

Edit: For those that want to do the maths on this one, consider each movie worth £10 each et voila a sub £50 player. Can't be bad ;-)

Edit 2: "Lets say the HDMI cable is worth a tenner as well and call it £39.99 for the player guv" :lol:
#4
Not bad price, considering it could be used as a dvd up scaler and comes with a HDMI cable.
Although HD-DVD has all but lost the format war now.
#5
I think everyone knows about the recent turn of events in respect to BD v HD-DVD. Whilst I will not be buying one and I will be sticking with BD and my PS3, I can see that this is a great deal if you want to enjoy the format without worrying about its longevity. With 5 free discs, falling prices on other HD-DVD films and a competent upscaler for DVDs, at this price you can't really go wrong even if it becomes redundant by the end of this year (I'm not saying it will). Great find, heat added.
#6
Wonder how long it will take the HDDVD fanboys to say the format war isnt over yet........
#7
nice find
#8
I agree with Shengis - Warner bros just signed with Blu-ray, so the battle of the formats looks like is won for Blu-ray...

Although £100 for a top branded player is very good.
#9
nightshot
Wonder how long it will take the HDDVD fanboys to say the format war isnt over yet........


Well i'm not a 'fanboy' from either camp, but I recognise a good deal when I see one. Not having a HD tv it would be overkill for me though. At the end of the day HD HAS got a pretty good back catalogue, so theres a fair bit of life left in it.
#10
does this come with the 2 free disks in the box as well?
banned#11
Not bad if you only wanna watch films from two major studios :roll:

HD-DVD should give up. Or at least let un-informed buyers know that the film range is limited.
#12
Shengis
Well i'm not a 'fanboy' from either camp, but I recognise a good deal when I see one. Not having a HD tv it would be overkill for me though. At the end of the day HD HAS got a pretty good back catalogue, so theres a fair bit of life left in it.


yep, you're a hd dud fanboy.
#13
Duplicate of what I posted on the other Toshiba thread


"A new Toshiba Press Release confirms the new list prices on players and indicates that they do not intend to declare HD DVD dead anytime soon."

According to retailer Amazon.com, the Toshiba HD DVD players have a new list price.

The new prices are:

Toshiba HD-A3 720p/1080i HD DVD Player:
$149 ($299 before)

Toshiba HD-A30 1080p HD DVD Player:
$199 ($399 before)

Toshiba HD-A35 1080p HD DVD Player:
$299 ($499 before)

"While price is one of the consideration elements for the early adopter, it is a deal-breaker for the mainstream consumer," said Yoshi Uchiyama, Group Vice President Digital A/V Group. "Consumer sales this holiday season have proven that the consumer awareness of the HD DVD format has been elevated and pricing is the most critical determinant in consumers' purchase decision of the next generation HD DVD technology. The value HD DVD provides to the consumer simply cannot be ignored."


Not dead yet:p
#14
HenvY
yep, you're a hd dud fanboy.


Was that a spelling mistake? If not, very good:thumbsup:
#15
Cortez
Not bad if you only wanna watch films from two major studios :roll:

HD-DVD should give up. Or at least let un-informed buyers know that the film range is limited.


It is an excellent upscaler that will work with all current DVDs.

Also, the film range is still pretty strong with exclusive support from Dreamworks, Paramount & Universal, including films such as The Bourne Trilogy, Shrek the Third, Transformers, Matrix Trilogy, etc.

A few months ago Paramount / Dreamworks went HD-DVD exclusive. That wasn't the end of Blu-Ray, any more than Warner going exclusive will be the end of HD-DVD.

At this price, I'm tempted to replace the bedroom SD-DVD player.
#16
Both formats have been nothing short of a disaster to be honest. Like someone said recently BluRay may have won the battle against HD-DVD, but the war is already lost. The High Definition Movie Marketplace on the 360 is outselling BluRay discs sold by upto 8:1 if recent estimates are anything to go by. All the studios who aligned themselves exclusively to BluRay have no such qualms about digitally distributing their movies over the Xbox 360. Sony and the rest of the BluRay camp are lightyears behind the real competition, and are flogging as much of a dead horse as HD-DVD is.
#17
its a great way to fight back at the war.

If they flood the market with cheap hd players (even just for upscalers) people will buy the hd dvds.
thus more people with hd dvds and might start to change the market back in their favour.

i have hd tv but no hd dvd or blueray waiting another year before buying and my current dvd upscaler works great. so i dont support either side of the war just viewing an opion which is probably wrong. didnt beta max and vhs do something simular, beta max beter quality but vhs flooded the market?
#18
Bloody hell, how did 360 fan boys manage to enter the debate as well!? Regardless of format, console, player, whatever, it doesn't matter - this is still a good deal. Even if you watch the five free films, maybe some more with a free lovefilm rental or buying them at hotukdeal prices it is still a good deal. If it is defunct by August at least you can hold the power lead and practice hammer throwing whilst watching the Olympics!
#19
Shame its not an online offer
#20
Romeolovesyou hit the nail on the head - The future isn't HD-DVD or BluRay, it's movie (SD or HD) internet download or streaming - The same will happen to the movie industry as it did with the music. iTunes anyone?

Back to the Toshiba player - Excellent price and with HDMI cable (which relative paid £30 at the weekend [yes he was robbed]).
#21
Streaming movies have years to go before our rubbish UK network catches, youtube struggles on bt, imagine downloading a 20GB movie? Its so funny watching toshiba panic so much, they are losing tons on these things but I suppose they are trying to get rid of them before its too late.
#22
This is a fantastic player and worth the purchase regardless of the format war.
#23
you will see hd-dvd players getting cheaper and cheaper as manufacturers start to get rid of the last of this dying format.

a good price but ultimately in the long-run, a bad deal.
#24
W1zz
Romeolovesyou hit the nail on the head - The future isn't HD-DVD or BluRay, it's movie (SD or HD) internet download or streaming - The same will happen to the movie industry as it did with the music. iTunes anyone?

Back to the Toshiba player - Excellent price and with HDMI cable (which relative paid £30 at the weekend [yes he was robbed]).


ISPs have enough bandwidth issues - I wouldn't have thought that is going to happen anytime soon.

People of got stacks of SD DVDs , which aren't gonna be chucked in the bin anytime soon either.

The Toshiba/HD DVD proposition will be:

it's a quality, yet cheap HD player, it plays all your existing discs and upscales to HD, and as HD DVD disc prices fall, you'll be able to buy the discs nice and cheap including very cheaply on the "old" dvd format:thumbsup:

Sony/Blu-Ray is going to be under severe pricing pressure, which it's not really in a position to do anything about - another Betamax award for the Sony boys:p
#25
Sod downloading hd content on the 360!

a) it takes yonks to download
b) it takes up too much room
c) depending on what size hard drive you have in the 360, youll probably never be able to keep more than 1-2 films?
d) Ive only browsed the content to download briefly, but ive never seen 1080p films on there?

Thats the way forward?

itunes? ikerching!
#26
At least HD-DVD is upgradable.
Most Blu-ray are not see this thread.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7187179.stm
Great deal also.
banned#27
splatsplatsplat
Sod downloading hd content on the 360!

a) it takes yonks to download
b) it takes up too much room
c) depending on what size hard drive you have in the 360, youll probably never be able to keep more than 1-2 films?
d) Ive only browsed the content to download briefly, but ive never seen 1080p films on there?

Thats the way forward?


Agreed. I don't think downloading HD content is the way forward. Like you say it takes far too long and takes up way too much space. There's always the risk of losing it due to hardware failure too.
#28
I think the point you have missed is that movie downloads are the future, HD-DVD and Blu ray are the present. The idea of movie downloads are brilliant but when you bear in mind one HD film can be 30gb or more (not totally sure about this) you would only get about 33 films on a terabyte HDD. There are so many limitations with downloads and streaming that won't be addressed for the masses for a few years still. In my opinion that is long enough for high definition by means of a disc to increase momentum. There is a satisfaction to having a physical disc in your hand knowing that it'll play when you pop it into the machine. I think 2006-2007 was still too early to measure the uptake of HD media, but hopefully the HD-DVD v Blu ray battle will be settled soon as I think it is the last hurdle for many people before they invest in a player. I see 2008 as the year for this to happen since so many people are taking the step to HD TVs but are no way near the point of HD streaming or downloads let alone having a network, computer or ISP that would make all of this possible. Most consumers like things as simple as possible and I can understand that in this example.
#29
If i see the EP30 for around this price i would be very tempted despite recent events. It would still be a good upscaling dvd player with the added advantage of all those cheap HD-DVD's on ebay.
#30
nightshot
Wonder how long it will take the HDDVD fanboys to say the format war isnt over yet........


Its over when its over....

Its not over yet, Warner is still commited for another 6 months.

With the recent announcment of massive price drops....I think there will be a lot more people latching on to HD. We'll see...I thought it was over, but if toshiba are willing to cut prices by around 30-40% that shows a commitment and a real determination.

Its over if people like you tout your stupid comments (I take it you own a PS3).
#31
sicknote
This is a fantastic player and worth the purchase regardless of the format war.


Exactly....It doesn't look good in the long run, sure. But at this price.....who cares?

There's a good 300 titles out now and most the latest films are available and they all look and play identically (or better) than any Bluray equivalent release.

If enough people take that point of view, you might get more than you bargained for....i.e more studio support and hopefully bankrupt sony and their rubbish PS3 which has a **** games library, games are jerky compared to the 360s equivalent etc etc.
#32
It's all a big game of chess. He with the most pieces doesn't always win ;-)

My slant on it is, if you want HD NOW get a cheap HDDVD and wait for BR to drop its prices. In the meantime you can use the money saved on a decent HDTV etc and have everything 'ready' for BR if HDDVD does indeed fail :thumbsup:
#33
cheapskate58;1455583
ISPs have enough bandwidth issues - I wouldn't have thought that is going to happen anytime soon.


I can select from a loads of SD or HD movies (currently 9 HD movies) to watch on demand from my VirginMedia V+ box.

My broadband connection is 20mb with a 50mb upgrade in the pipeline. Streaming or downloading HD movies is possible now.

BT have the BT Vision where you can watch movies over the internet.
Sky have the Sky Anytime, where you can stream to your PC.
BBC have the iPlayer where you can watch your TV programs over the internet.
Channel 4 have their 4OD service.

It's happening now :whistling:
#34
Extremely good offer

Im no fanboy but i know for a fact that the hd vs br war is definately not over hd is by far cheaper this will not be decided until hd properly hits the uk it is probably not even a quarter of the way yet. Plus Universal Studios Home Entertainment have sided hd over blueray.
#35
nightshot
Wonder how long it will take the HDDVD fanboys to say the format war isnt over yet........


More time than it took the BR fanboys to appear and say that it was...
#36
W1zz
I can select from a loads of SD or HD movies (currently 9 HD movies) to watch on demand from my VirginMedia V+ box.

My broadband connection is 20mb with a 50mb upgrade in the pipeline. Streaming or downloading HD movies is possible now.

BT have the BT Vision where you can watch movies over the internet.
Sky have the Sky Anytime, where you can stream to your PC.
BBC have the iPlayer where you can watch your TV programs over the internet.
Channel 4 have their 4OD service.

It's happening now :whistling:


Until your ISP traffic shapes your download speed and you cant download fast enough to do any of that. The bandwith you would need to stream HD movies over the internet is vast, you cant even stream them from your PC over wifi properly yet, and thats 720p never mind 1080p. Its years away from happening.

Yes all of what you quote is happening now but they are awful services so far. Certainly none of those tempt me to use any of them.

What about the poeple who want to own their HD movies? Or are you suggesting we all rent all the time?

These HD formats should be the domain of the people who want higher end video and audio, it should not be decided upon by PS3 fanboys. It really is a sad day that the people influencing the "war" probably dont know what 1080p or DTS HD MA is, never mind be able to save up enough pocket money to buy the kit to use them?
#37
Its a great offer. I have the xbox add on and the picture quality is superb. I am thinking of buying this as it will make a good dvd player as well. Who cares who wins the war at the mo. Plenty of films are still being released just oh hd and it you buy them you will get the same quality or even better than blu-ray. They are both good but if hd is cheap at the mo then go and buy it.
#38
Great deal but now it means there will be these pointless HD v Blu-ray debates on here again!
#39
W1zz
I can select from a loads of SD or HD movies (currently 9 HD movies) to watch on demand from my VirginMedia V+ box.

My broadband connection is 20mb with a 50mb upgrade in the pipeline. Streaming or downloading HD movies is possible now.

BT have the BT Vision where you can watch movies over the internet.
Sky have the Sky Anytime, where you can stream to your PC.
BBC have the iPlayer where you can watch your TV programs over the internet.
Channel 4 have their 4OD service.

It's happening now :whistling:


Wow 9 HD movies- that'll last at least a week or two!

Broadsword covered off the other points admirably so I'll leave it there:p
#40
This is great, we are now approaching trivial amounts for an HD player. Both formats need this to happen rapidly if either are going to survive the next decade IMHO.

I don't expect either option to penetrate the market the way DVD did, over the years, the public have been downloading MP3s, DVD images, TV rips and, more recently, HD files for a good while now (trickling down from the original nerds to the average Joe!), people are getting used to not having to bother with having a walls worth of cases in the living room. Any perceived victories in a market that's getting rapidly used to a download culture will be very hollow indeed.

Off the shelf read-only physical formats have been sliding into history for a while now, perhaps if they get down to the size of, say, an SD card (DRM laws notwithstanding), but I wouldn't bet on any physical format at the moment, unless you count blank discs and HDs ;-)

I blame the Intarweb :p

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