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This player got a great write up in the latest edition of Home Cinema Choice magazine, and that was reviewed at £250.
Tesco are selling it at £199.
It comes with The Bourne Ultimatum HD DVD and 30 HD DVD in the box, and a voucher to get 5 more HD DVD's

Great value in my eyes.
They have them in my local store too.
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#1
Expect to see the price of HD DVD players drop, looks like blu-ray is going to be the winner of the two formats as from may Warner will join the list of companies only making Blu-Ray High Definition Discs!
#2
Deal already posted.

It's also available cheaper if clubcard points aren't of interest....
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/127988/toshiba-hd-ep30-hd-dvd-player-179in/all/all/hot/
#3
excellent find and I purchased one yesterday from denton. I saw 2 other people buying them as well. Looks like the right proce especially with the 7 films.
#4
Kyle beat me 2 it but yes Warners announced last night that they will go exclusive to Bluray from May. This leaves about 75% of films Bluray with only Paramount/Universal still supporting HDDVD - films like LOTR and a whole raft of others will now not see their way to HDDVD. Expect some of the other backers of HDVD to back out soon (my money is on Microsoft announcing a bluray drive for the xbox)
#5
lots of info here from a site that supports both formats (in case people worry about bias ;)

http://www.highdefdigest.com/
#6
This was 180 @ play a while ago.
#7
Lombear
Kyle beat me 2 it but yes Warners announced last night that they will go exclusive to Bluray from May. This leaves about 75% of films Bluray with only Paramount/Universal still supporting HDDVD - films like LOTR and a whole raft of others will now not see their way to HDDVD. Expect some of the other backers of HDVD to back out soon (my money is on Microsoft announcing a bluray drive for the xbox)


Thanks for the info. That would defo put me off buying this player.

Cheers
#8
Yeah, not really a good time to be buying a HD-DVD player when the format looks dead in the water right now.
#9
narcist
This was 180 @ play a while ago.

Did it come with 7 DVDs and 1199 worth of Tesco points??? (The 199 are the points you get normailly and the 1000 are bonus)... that's worth almost £48 in Tesco deal vouchers.
I severely doubt it...
so for the extra £20 I would prefer 7 HD DVDs and £48 in deal vouchers... BUT not gonna buy it... would rather wait and see what happens.
#10
to put in my tuppence worth, I think HD-DVD will now be pretty much dead in the water with the Warners decision. Expect hardware prices to plummet
#11
Anyone know what the current five films are?

Also does anyone have experience with this player, I'm wondering how well it handles updates?

HD DVD is a long way from being a dead format, people are very quick to forget strong titles that HD DVD has (pretty much the only choice if you want to watch American TV series in hi-def) and that overall neither hi-def format is selling in any sort of number. Transformers alone on SD-DVD sold more in its first week than the total number of HD DVD/blu-rays that have ever been sold.
John
#12
Much that I like Toshiba over Sony and I fancy HD-DVD over BluRay only because Sony charge a lot more and I have always bought Tosh over the years, I have just heard that Warner is going BluRay.

This might signal the end of HD-DVD as mainstream - The BetaMax against VHS (Sony)

http://www.dvdtown.com/news/breaking-news-warner-goes-blu-ray-only/5061

Still its a nice price for a top make.
#13
I have this HD DVD player and it is a fantastic piece of kit. It has an ethernet port on the back that allows you to connect to the internet to download and install any firmware updates which is a doddle to do in response to Johnmcl17 query.
One thing to remember, at the moment HD DVD's are completely region free and can be picked up dirt cheap from America making the catalogue of films available quite extensive. I can not see any format being so dominant in the near future that makes the other obsolete, but if this was to happen there would be a hell of alot of HD DVD's to choose from that would be available on the cheap. Got to say though, I own this player and a PS3 and so far the movies I have watched have looked better on the Toshiba as apposed to the PS3. Any way that's my two pence worth for what its worth.
banned#14
Might as well buy a betamax video to go with your HD DVD player....

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Warner Bros. Entertainment said Friday it will release movie discs only in the Blu-ray format, becoming the latest studio to reject the rival HD DVD technology and further complicating the high-definition landscape for consumers.
Warner Bros., owned by Time Warner Inc., was the only remaining studio releasing high-definition DVDs in both formats.
It is the fifth studio to back Blu-ray, developed by Sony Corp. Only two support the HD DVD format, developed by Toshiba Corp.
Both formats deliver crisp, clear high-definition pictures and sound. But they are incompatible with each other, and neither plays on older DVD players, which means consumers seeking top-quality playback face a dilemma.
Warner said it decided to go with Blu-ray because consumers have shown a stronger preference for that format than HD DVD.
"The window of opportunity for high-definition DVD could be missed if format confusion continues to linger," Warner Bros. chairman and Chief Executive Barry Meyer said in a statement.
"We believe that exclusively distributing in Blu-ray will further the potential for mass market success and ultimately benefit retailers, producers and, most importantly, consumers," the statement said.
The company said sales of Blu-ray discs in the U.S. generated $169 million last year, while sales of discs in the HD DVD format totaled $103 million.
About 60 percent of Warner's sales of U.S. high-definition discs were Blu-ray titles and the other 40 percent were HD DVD, said Kevin Tsujihara, president of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group.
Outside the U.S., the divide was far wider, with Warner's Blu-ray discs outselling titles in HD DVD in Britain and Japan, among other markets, Tsujihara said.
Sales of set-top high-definition disc players in the fourth quarter of 2007 also factored into Warner's decision.
The company saw an acceleration in sales of Blu-ray players at the end of the quarter, particularly in December, Tsujihara said.
"We always viewed set-tops as the most significant indicator" of consumers' format preference, he said.
Still, one alarming trend Warner keyed on was that consumers didn't appear motivated by price reductions on high-definition disc players.
"When we saw that was not impacting sales in the level that it should have, and the consumer research that we did indicated that the consumers were holding back from buying either one of the two formats ... we thought it was the right time to act," Tsujihara said, noting that even sales of standard DVDs were affected because consumers appeared unsure over which format to go with.
"That was kind of the worst of all worlds for us," he said.
There are some differences between the formats. Blu-ray discs can hold more data — 50 gigabytes compared with HD DVD's 30 GB — but the technology's new manufacturing techniques boosted initial costs.
HD DVDs, on the other hand, are essentially DVDs on steroids, meaning movie studios can turn to existing assembly lines to produce them in mass.
Warner Home Video will continue to release new titles in HD DVD until the end of May.
Pali Capital analyst Rich Greenfield said in a Web posting Friday that he expects the HD DVD format to "die a quick death, versus a prolonged format war."
"While we still expect overall consumer spending on DVDs to decline at least 3 percent in 2008, the risk of an even worse 2008 DVD environment has most likely been avoided by Warner's early 2008 decision," Greenfield wrote.
The North American HD DVD Promotional Group Inc., a trade association that promotes the HD DVD format, did not have an immediate comment Friday.
Calls to representatives for Toshiba, Sony and the Blu-ray Disc Association were not immediately returned.
Studios and retailers have been choosing sides in the high-def format war in recent months.
Blu-ray got a big boost in June when Blockbuster Inc. announced it would stock only Blu-ray titles as it expands its high-definition offerings.
Target Inc., the nation's second-largest retailer, decided in July to sell only Blu-ray DVD players.
Among the other major studios that have decided to go with Blu-ray: The Walt Disney Co., Sony Corp.'s Sony Pictures, News Corp.'s Twentieth Century Fox and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Viacom's Paramount Pictures, which also owns DreamWorks SKG, dropped its support for Blu-ray and said it would start distributing films exclusively in the HD DVD format.
Universal Pictures, a unit of General Electric, also releases films only in HD DVD.
Time Warner shares slipped 42 cents, or 2.5 percent, to $15.91 Friday.
#15
Interesting news about Warner, I didn't know that.
#16
Good price, but I personally wouldn't bother. My guess will be HD DVD will be obsolete in a years time, think like PSP movies. Save your money and get a PS3 for little bit extra.
#17
Let's see what happens next week at the consumer electronics show before you write HD DVD off.

One exclusive BlueRay studio is rumoured to be switching to a neutral position, offering content to both formats. Also Paramount Pictures (Along with their subsidiaries... Dreamworks Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Nickelodeon Movies, MTV Films and Dreamworks Animation) has a contract for HD DVD exclusivity for 18 months total, so this 'war' is still due to go on another year (probably two+) before we find which is going to be the 'Winner'

Also hold off buying this until next week, could be a dud unless there is at least something currently out on HD DVD that you want to watch. Transformers, Heroes, Matrix to name a few
#18
ThePennyPincher
Let's see what happens next week at the consumer electronics show before you write HD DVD off.

One exclusive BlueRay studio is rumoured to be switching to a neutral position, offering content to both formats. Also Universal has a contract for HD DVD exclusivity for 18 months total, so this 'war' is still due to go on another year (probably two+) before we find which is going to be the 'Winner'

Also hold off buying this until next week, could be a dud unless there is at least something currently out on HD DVD that you want to watch. Transformers, Heroes, Matrix to name a few


Looks like it might be over sooner then we think. Have a look at this.

It was among the most highly anticipated press events of this year's Consumer Electronics Show, but following today's announcement from Warner Home Video, this Sunday's press conference from the HD DVD Promotions Group has been cancelled.

Organizers sent out a note to members of the media and invited guests late Friday, attributing the cancellation to the timing of Warner's announcement. A rep for the group told us this evening that the press conference will not be rescheduled, but that the group will still have a presence at the show from its booth on the convention floor.
#19
Mistake on my part... I didn't mean Universal Pictures, I was talking about Paramount Pictures. Along with their subsidiaries... Dreamworks Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Nickelodeon Movies, MTV Films and Dreamworks Animation.
banned#20
ThePennyPincher;1418749
Let's see what happens next week at the consumer electronics show before you write HD DVD off.


The fallout from the Warner Bros decision is very real. Upon hearing the news, Toshiba's competing HD DVD group canceled a series of press events at this week's CES.....

http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/thumb/7/7b/350px-Pining.PNG
banned#21
I look forward to buyiing some nice cheeap HD DVDs (as well as adopting blu ray)
#22
N20Y1D
The fallout from the Warner Bros decision is very real. Upon hearing the news, Toshiba's competing HD DVD group canceled a series of press events at this week's CES.....

http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/thumb/7/7b/350px-Pining.PNG


15:10 Yesterday just called... they want their news back :thumbsup:

http://www.msghelp.net/images/old_news.jpg
#23
Mr Big
I have this HD DVD player and it is a fantastic piece of kit. It has an ethernet port on the back that allows you to connect to the internet to download and install any firmware updates which is a doddle to do in response to Johnmcl17 query.
One thing to remember, at the moment HD DVD's are completely region free and can be picked up dirt cheap from America making the catalogue of films available quite extensive. I can not see any format being so dominant in the near future that makes the other obsolete, but if this was to happen there would be a hell of alot of HD DVD's to choose from that would be available on the cheap. Got to say though, I own this player and a PS3 and so far the movies I have watched have looked better on the Toshiba as apposed to the PS3. Any way that's my two pence worth for what its worth.


I realise it has an ethernet port but mainly just wondering if there was any trouble getting the firmware updates which sounds not to be the case. One of the Xboxes was playing getting an update for Bourne Ultimatum which was why I was checking.

John

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