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My local Tesco Extra has reduced the price of the Toshiba HD-EP30, it comes bundled with a copy of 300 and Bourne Identity.

You can then complete the Toshiba 5 film offer which expires at the end of the month.

Tesco is selling the Toshiba HD-EP30 for £169.99 at Yeading They have about 10 boxes stacked up. Previously it was selling for £199.99 then reduced £189.99.

Seems like a good deal to me and can't find it cheaper.

Anyway this is my first post so hope its ok
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#1
HD DVDs are finished.
#2
Selling these at my local small Tesco
#3
Just bought this earlier in the month for £200, damn
#4
Anyone for a betamax?
#5
£179.97 online... when it was £199.99 you got a 1000 clubcard points, which means £40 in tesco deals...

We will have to see with HD DVD, people have already written it off... but it is the preferred format of the porn industry... and you will be suprised what size of the market porn is worth to the dvd industry.
#6
$ony have won. We'll all be paying a premium for a company that has released lots of inferior products.
Good luck finding a player that'll work with all audio formats and has an updatable profile.
#7
Here Paramount will be going over to Blue Ray with Warner, would think that would be it for HD.
#8
yes the majority of movie studios have switched to blu-ray.

the sting in the tail though is VERY soon all blu-ray discs manufactured are going to be version 1.1 discs and with the only player capable of updating the firmware to play these is the ps3 there are going to be a lot of people worldwide who are angry that the (submit currency symbol here) 300-1000 player is going to be useless as it just wont play the new format discs.

hd-dvd is easily updateable and every player can support larger capacity discs when they are released.

the studios have picked there sides but the public arent stupid they will see the faults eventually and pick a proper format.
#9
tiderium
yes the majority of movie studios have switched to blu-ray.
the studios have picked there sides but the public arent stupid they will see the faults eventually and pick a proper format.


Quite simply a ridiculous thing to say. It's the public that have influenced the decision themselves, Warner based their switch to Blu Ray on customer preference as Blu Ray has massively outsold HDDVD and the gap will only get bigger.

HDDVD players will continue to be discounted as the format is finished. Universal's deal with HDDVD has now expired, they're expected to start releasing on Blu Ray imminently. The Warner decision also triggered a get out clause in the Dreamworks/Paramount deal with HDDVD.

Voted hot as it's a good price but it's an ice cold product as a home entertainment format it's finished.
#10
Paramount and Universal still are backing the Hd-dvd so likes of Bourne and Transformers etc: still arent goint to be out for Blu-ray atm and Hd-dvds are region free so id say its a good deal myself voted hot :thumbsup:
I own both formats already btw :)
#11
The HD-EP30 is a good machine and you not going to have a way to watch HD movies at a lower price (the cheapest Blu-Ray player is far more expensive..). It also is a great at upscaling normal DVDs so considering you're getting a player for 169 and +/- £70 worth of free movies it's a good deal even for that alone.

It's true many studios have declared themselves Blu-Ray exclusive, but they've changed in the past so I wouldn't be too surprised if they did it again. Also how those decisions in the US distribution affect us in Europe is another matter entirely.

Finally Lovefilm has a good selection of HD DVD to rent and there's loads to buy from the likes of Amazon, Play etc so I'm not worried at all atm.
#12
horacehogarth
...customer preference as Blu Ray has massively outsold HDDVD and the gap will only get bigger.


Blu-Ray supporters were saying exactly the same thing a year ago! "HD-DVD is dead" "Blu-Ray will take over"

But at the start of 2007 the split in the US was 65% / 35%... At the start of 2008 it's still 65% / 35%.

The second and third biggest studios are still HD-DVD only.
#13
jmarcelino
The HD-EP30 is a good machine and you not going to have a way to watch HD movies at a lower price (the cheapest Blu-Ray player is far more expensive..). It also is a great at upscaling normal DVDs so considering you're getting a player for 169 and +/- £70 worth of free movies it's a good deal even for that alone.

It's true many studios have declared themselves Blu-Ray exclusive, but they've changed in the past so I wouldn't be too surprised if they did it again. Also how those decisions in the US distribution affect us in Europe is another matter entirely.

Finally Lovefilm has a good selection of HD DVD to rent and there's loads to buy from the likes of Amazon, Play etc so I'm not worried at all atm.


This is why I'm considering this deal - I need to buy an upscaling dvd player (cost around £50-60), add a few hd disks which can be sold if I dont want to keep them, add the tesco points and you dont come to too much of a difference price wise. And when (if?) BD becomes the dominant format HD DVD's will be dirt cheap and I can get a PS3.
#14
i picked one up 2 weeks ago at the higher price and I am very impressed with the machine.
#15
MrDealManUK
HD DVDs are finished.


dont buy one then u muppet
#16
http://www.blogsmithmedia.com/www.engadgethd.com/media/2008/01/nielsen_list011308.jpg

Says it all really.
#17
As soon as these players are sub £100 I'll get one as its also a great DVD player, they can be made multi region as well, I already have a 360 HD DVD player but that loud and detracks from the film. I have a PS3 but have twice as many HD DVDs than I have Blu Rays
#18
lhassall
Blu-Ray supporters were saying exactly the same thing a year ago! "HD-DVD is dead" "Blu-Ray will take over"

But at the start of 2007 the split in the US was 65% / 35%... At the start of 2008 it's still 65% / 35%.

The second and third biggest studios are still HD-DVD only.


Not true, Warners have a massive library, and are the biggest studio. But MGM, who are now part of Sony have a huge vault of films, massive in terms of both Paramount and Universal, add that to Columbia Tristar and Sony are not far behind Warner.
#19
nightshot
http://www.blogsmithmedia.com/www.engadgethd.com/media/2008/01/nielsen_list011308.jpg

Says it all really.


Doesnt it just - who the hell PAID for Resident Evil: Extinction?? It's *****!!
#20
Yes I see in the news that Paramount and Universal may support both formats now and switch to BluRay in May however Im still going to buy a HD DVD player because think how cheap the players and discs will become. Itll be hard not to as there is plenty of choice of movies you could build a sizeable collection with all the deal Im sure there will be. Voting this hot. Much better than the QVC deal for the Venturer.
#21
Paramount has released a statement staing it's continuing support for HD DVD.

http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2206746/paramount-continues-back-hd-dvd

Also others are predicting the format war as being irrelevant, so which ever camp you sit in, you may be fighting over nothing!

http://computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9056898&pageNumber=1

Ooops nearly forgot, great price voted hot! :thumbsup:
#22
Voted HOT HOT, long live HD DVD. :w00t::w00t::w00t:
#23
It's still early days but HD DVD is still ahead of blu ray, just do your research. The only reason blu ray has got where it is is down to the PS3 which is something I will never own because of it's lack of games worth buying, it's been out long enough to have a descent games library, I won't buy one just to watch blu ray films, if I was to buy a player then it would be HD DVD for now, however I will wait for a dual format player. The other thing is HD DVD films are much cheaper to buy than blu ray. There's nothing stopping film companies from switching back to HD DVD when they realise their mistake, I say that because now that HD DVD players have come down massively in price they will of course be sold in greater numbers, I'd think that a lot will be sold because of the amount of people that now own a HD tv will want to benefit from having a HD source other than just freeview, sky or DVD.
#24
I have a PS3 and I also have an HD player (I bought it first to go with HDTV), ive had the HD player about 8 months now and the PS3 for about 6 months. I have 2 blu ray movies (they came with it) and 37 HD movies, what format do I think is better? They are both good quality wise, but playback of HD titles is a bit quicker to load and start and feel slicker (that may just be due to PS3 booting up the player, loading etc).
The reason I would opt for HD over Blu ray is simple, price of the player and the fact I can upgade the firmware easily (unlike standalone blu ray players) and I can buy HD movies online from anywhere in the world. Even if blu ray is the winning format (and its not over yet), it just means i'll be able to pick up 100's of cheap HD quality movies when shops sell them off....result!
#25
horacehogarth
Quite simply a ridiculous thing to say. It's the public that have influenced the decision themselves, Warner based their switch to Blu Ray on customer preference as Blu Ray has massively outsold HDDVD and the gap will only get bigger.

HDDVD players will continue to be discounted as the format is finished. Universal's deal with HDDVD has now expired, they're expected to start releasing on Blu Ray imminently. The Warner decision also triggered a get out clause in the Dreamworks/Paramount deal with HDDVD.

Voted hot as it's a good price but it's an ice cold product as a home entertainment format it's finished.


What a load of old tosh. Universal's deal runs til the end of February and they have also indicated that they have NO intention of dropping HD-DVD.

Dreamworks/Paramount have also denied rumours that they are planning to switch. All it will take is just ONE more big studio to side with HD-DVD and the format war will resume.

HD-DVD is by far the better technology - its established and stable, its cheap, and it is more feature-rich than blu-ray.
#26
HD-DVD is done.
#27
jagermeister
dont buy one then u muppet



eerrrrrmmm.....I won't then!
#28
Will vote hot for this as I think its a great machine at a great price.
Sure HD-DVD may not be the stronger format due to loosing some backing studios but it doesn't stop there being some good films on the format.

If you are a serious movie lover you'll probably buy both Blu-Ray and HD-DVD anyway :)
#29
hey now people why are we going all bluray vs hd dvd on a saturday night, there must be better things to do like watching dvd :w00t:

heck what am i to say, I still find normal dvds look good enough for me :oops:

voted hot!
#30
Any idea what the other 5 films are? Do you get a choice? I was thinking of getting the xbox 360 HD DVD drive which is dirt cheap, but the xbox makes way too much noise in use. If the free disks are any good it's worth it! Oh and the xbox doesn't upscale std DVDs like a PS3 does.

Cheers.
#31
Found the answer myself thanks to avforums:

http://www.toshibahddvd.co.uk/media/file/t_5offer.pdf

:thumbsup:
#32
Astonished by some of the postings on here - HD -DVD is nearly as dead as Betamax - there is no way back - currently Blu-Ray leads on sales by 65-35 % in the US - a gap which will only get worse ...
#33
horacehogarth
Quite simply a ridiculous thing to say. It's the public that have influenced the decision themselves, Warner based their switch to Blu Ray on customer preference as Blu Ray has massively outsold HDDVD and the gap will only get bigger.

HDDVD players will continue to be discounted as the format is finished. Universal's deal with HDDVD has now expired, they're expected to start releasing on Blu Ray imminently. The Warner decision also triggered a get out clause in the Dreamworks/Paramount deal with HDDVD.

Voted hot as it's a good price but it's an ice cold product as a home entertainment format it's finished.


Utter Tosh. Warner switched to Blu Ray based on the large sack of cash (or equivalent discounts, marketing promotions etc) they were offered. Not that there's anything wrong with that of course, it's the way the world goes round, but let's not pretend otherwise. Besides at this point the HD disc market is so small it's almost irrelevant compared to the DVD market. Yes, it will gather pace over time (probably right around the time you can buy the media in local high street stores for less than £25 each) but the problem is there's a whole new wave of content-delivery systems on the horizon (digital distribution chief amongst them) which might not give Blu Ray the time it needs.

So with regards this specific deal, it's pretty good value especially if you happen to be in the market for a good upscaling DVD player anyway. £170 including 7 free titles is definately a good deal and, even if every studio stops bringing out HD-DVD releases the existing discs won't just stop working and there's a lot of good stuff available right now (Matrix box set and Transformers stand out as examples). Look at it this way, pick this up now, enjoy your free flicks and pick up discounted stock if and when HD-DVD succumbs to the mighty marketing dollar.
#34
BOFH_UK
Utter Tosh. Warner switched to Blu Ray based on the large sack of cash (or equivalent discounts, marketing promotions etc) they were offered. Not that there's anything wrong with that of course, it's the way the world goes round, but let's not pretend otherwise. Besides at this point the HD disc market is so small it's almost irrelevant compared to the DVD market. Yes, it will gather pace over time (probably right around the time you can buy the media in local high street stores for less than £25 each) but the problem is there's a whole new wave of content-delivery systems on the horizon (digital distribution chief amongst them) which might not give Blu Ray the time it needs.
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not sure whether warner was paid off or not since:

Warner Home Entertainment President Kevin Tsujihara says the studio took no pay-offs to exclusively back Blu-ray.

In a post-announcement conference call, Tsujihara flatly denied rumors that studio had accepted anywhere from 250M to $500M in exchange for dropping its HD DVD format support.

According to the exec, Warner's sole motivation in dropping its HD DVD format support was to ensure growth of the "category" and the long-term health of the industry.

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"The packaged media business is a $42 billion dollar business worldwide at the retail level, and we [Warner] have the largest market share of anybody," said Tsujihara. "From our perspective, the most important piece of this whole puzzle is, "How do we get growth back into this category?" That far outweighed anything else."

This [decision] was one hundred percent around what makes the most sense for the consumer, the retailer and the industry. This was not a bidding war. This was all about what was best, strategically, for us."

http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/show/1327
#35
Wires
Astonished by some of the postings on here - HD -DVD is nearly as dead as Betamax - there is no way back - currently Blu-Ray leads on sales by 65-35 % in the US - a gap which will only get worse ...


You realise that HD-DVD standalone players outsell Bluray consistently, and DVD players easily outsell both formats consistently? Back DVD!! its the only clear winner! :whistling:

edit: in my rant I forgot to say voted hot :p
#36
unlock your HD DVD players easily (tips in avforums) and use it as high quality DVD player, still worth a lot even if you ditch it as a HD DVD player
#37
n00b
You realise that HD-DVD standalone players outsell Bluray consistently, and DVD players easily outsell both formats consistently? Back DVD!! its the only clear winner! :whistling:


actually that isn't true anymore... blu-ray standalones have been outselling hd-dvd standalone since december..
#38
So you buy bluray thinking its won the war, then this...

http://www.betanews.com/article/Bluray_Early_adopters_knew_what_they_were_getting_into/1199841379

Just perfect...

I would have liked to have seen HDDVD as the medium for movies and BLURAY for data storage...
#39
n00b
You realise that HD-DVD standalone players outsell Bluray consistently, and DVD players easily outsell both formats consistently? Back DVD!! its the only clear winner! :whistling:

edit: in my rant I forgot to say voted hot :p


pointless post really :roll:
#40
foulone
So you buy bluray thinking its won the war, then this...

http://www.betanews.com/article/Bluray_Early_adopters_knew_what_they_were_getting_into/1199841379

Just perfect...

I would have liked to have seen HDDVD as the medium for movies and BLURAY for data storage...


before people get touchy, i would n't recommend buying a standalone blu-ray player yet.. but i am even 100% more certain you shouldn't buy a hd-dvd player.. i seldom vote things cold.. in fact this is the first post i have voted cold because these players are going to drop very very fast in price.. why? because hd dvd is in real trouble.. only microsoft can save hd dvd now because toshiba can't stop them becoming obselete..

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