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just ordered this myself on the weekend ... waiting for delivery ... the player can be found slightly cheaper elsewhere but ive not seen the same FREE dvd offer with it :)

if this has been posted before i appologise


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This is another step-up model for consumers approaching HD DVD for the first time. It will output high definition content in 720p, 1080i and 1080p, the very best high definition video output. For the home-cinema fan the 24 frames per second output will be a real bonus, displaying film at the rate it was originally captured by the studio. The HD-EP30 also up-scales standard definition DVD output to close to the same high definition outputs to give a new lease of life to a consumers current film library.

Crisp, vibrant high definition images are only half the story, incredible sound quality is required for that true home cinema feel and here the HD-EP30 really delivers. It supports the very latest surround sound formats from Dolby and DTS,
delivering breathtaking audio to complement the stunning visual performance.

Of course the true step forward with HD DVD is the incomparable interactivity offered, with the built-in Ethernet port allowing access to the internet for unique content, special offers and a whole host of interactive content designed to give viewers an unrivalled audio visual experience.

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* Click here and follow the instructions to receive your 5 Free HD DVD Titles!: 5 Free HD DVD Titles Voucher
* Plus 2 great HD DVD titles included in the box (Bourne Supremacy and 300)
* Overview:
* HD DVD resolution: 720p/1080i/1080p
* DVD Up-scaling to 720p/1080i/1080p
* HDMI ver 1.3
* 24 fps
* YPbPr, S-Video & Composite Video
* Ethernet terminal for Internet connection
* Extension terminal
* Optical audio output
* Compatibility - Playback:
* CD-Audio
* CD-R
* CD-RW
* DVD-R
* DVD-ROM
* DVD-RW
* DVD Video
* DVD+R
* DVD+RW
* HD DVD
* Sound:
* Dolby Digital Audio Decoder
* Dolby Digital Compatible
* Dolby Digital Plus
* Dolby True HD
* DTS Compatible
* DTS - HD(core)
* Picture:
* 24 Frames per second
* PAL Progressive
* Icon on-screen display
* Slow Motion
* Variable zoom
* DVD Up-scaling 720p, 1080i, 1080p
* Interactive HD DVD capability (HDi)
* Connections:
* Regza Link (CEC functionality)
* Analogue 2 Channel Audio
* Optical Audio
* Component video output
* Composite video
* Ethernet
* S-video
* 1 HDMI output
* 1 Extension terminal
* Dimensions:
* Dimensions (WxHxD): 430x 59.5 x 340mm
* Weight: 3.3kg
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#1
want to add .... delivery is free :) if ive forgotten anything someone point it out and i'll add it :)
#2
TALON1973
want to add .... delivery is free :) if ive forgotten anything someone point it out and i'll add it :)


Use the £5 off £50 code 'prima836u1' this brings it down to 194.99 Quidco tracked at the full price of 199.99 giving a further £8 off.

Total £186.99
#3
... whos voting this cold ?? love to know the reason why ? your getting 7 hd dvd's which basically is half the price of the machine
#4
this is a quick overview difference to the old hd-e1 machine

http://crave.cnet.co.uk/dvdpvr/0,39030701,49294086,00.htm
#5
TALON1973
this is a quick overview difference to the old hd-e1 machine

http://crave.cnet.co.uk/dvdpvr/0,39030701,49294086,00.htm


shame it was only the cosmetic difference and not the performance difference at the resolutions they both support, 720p/1080i for instance.
#6
erics
shame it was only the cosmetic difference and not the performance difference at the resolutions they both support, 720p/1080i for instance.



the hd-e1 doesnt do 1080p ..... this new model does ;)

review here :-

http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=64278

so this is a better player .. not just cosmetically
#7
The 7 HD DVD offer is available from everywhere that sells UK machines. 2 in the box plus 5 via redemption.
#8
What are the HD-DVDs?
#9
#10
Since they have 300 - which so far has been the only HD-DVD I've seen that's evidently better than regular scaled DVD - I think it's great. Of course, I believe the americans are now getting HD-DVD players in walmart for $200 - so we're really being ripped off here..
#11
Kallisti
so we're really being ripped off here..


Ain't that the truth. :x
#12
Kallisti
Since they have 300 - which so far has been the only HD-DVD I've seen that's evidently better than regular scaled DVD - I think it's great. Of course, I believe the americans are now getting HD-DVD players in walmart for $200 - so we're really being ripped off here..




yeah... but the problem with the american market is the have had hd tv for years... we are lagging behind big style .....the 5 free dvds i know are available with a 360 drive ... but this comes with an extra 2 free discs ...... plus its a standalone player no extra things needed ( xbox or even pc ) t play it ...

seems like a good deal to me ...thats why ive bought it :)
#13
Kallisti
Since they have 300 - which so far has been the only HD-DVD I've seen that's evidently better than regular scaled DVD - I think it's great. Of course, I believe the americans are now getting HD-DVD players in walmart for $200 - so we're really being ripped off here..


...Walmart eh....:idea: ...my flight leaves in 12 hours :thumbsup:
#14
Blu Ray

I dont see HD doing much now the major players are going for the other format. For once maybe SONY have regained there loss from the Betamax VHS fiasco?

I was a victim back then and must say betamax was better than vhs.

As deals go its ok, but dead in the water if the format goes stagnant.
banned#15
sedj
Blu Ray

I dont see HD doing much now the major players are going for the other format. For once maybe SONY have regained there loss from the Betamax VHS fiasco?

I was a victim back then and must say betamax was better than vhs.

As deals go its ok, but dead in the water if the format goes stagnant.

too bad a format winner is not based on how much better it is eh?

like it or hate it hd dvd is not going anywhere for years to come...neither is blu-ray for that matter
#17
i was all set to treat myself to a hd dvd player for christmas
at £180 something + 7 movies seems like a great choice.
untill i looked up on line at the movies available and compared to blu-ray the titles available on hd-dvd are pretty pi** poor,no disney ect,

i am now thinking about getting a ps3 instead just for the blu-ray.
and i dont even play games.

although i think i will wait untill after crimbo sales and try and get a cheap ps3

if they cant supply the titles then there will be no hope for hd-dvd
#18
What we need is a player that will accept both formats. I read that LG was manufacturing one, and that others would follow, but i havent seen one in the flesh yet.
#19
it exists, its more than buying a PS3 and a EP30 separately unless you can find oue at Richer Sounds.

I have a PS3 and a EP30 already sitting downstairs, I dont play games on the PS3, its purely for movies. The EP30 is for the likes of Bourne series and the BR is for the animated stuff etc.

I dont see either format dying tbh - its the same quality, just a difference in the disc capacity.

I love the picture Q on both, and the popup menus too - I play mine back at 1080p and I have to say I have seen better quality on the BR compared to the HDDVD but apparently Happy Feet is the film to get to see true HDDVD quality...
#20
scottyf
i was all set to treat myself to a hd dvd player for christmas
at £180 something + 7 movies seems like a great choice.
untill i looked up on line at the movies available and compared to blu-ray the titles available on hd-dvd are pretty pi** poor,no disney ect,

i am now thinking about getting a ps3 instead just for the blu-ray.
and i dont even play games.

although i think i will wait untill after crimbo sales and try and get a cheap ps3

if they cant supply the titles then there will be no hope for hd-dvd


The HD DVD Catalouge is better IMO.

Hourses for courses.
#21
Broadsword
The HD DVD Catalouge is better IMO.

Hourses for courses.


Once the studios realise they are missing out on approximately 50% of the market, by only releasing on one format, hopefully they will rethink their policy.
#22
sedj
Blu Ray

I dont see HD doing much now the major players are going for the other format. For once maybe SONY have regained there loss from the Betamax VHS fiasco?

I was a victim back then and must say betamax was better than vhs.

As deals go its ok, but dead in the water if the format goes stagnant.


I think Sedj's info is a bit out of date. Paramount (not a minor player by any stretch of the imagination) has now switched to HD-DVD and even Sony's CEO admits the formats are in stalemate. See

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2007/11/09/stringer_on_bluray/
suspended#23
the EP-35 is available for pre-order, out on 19th, its £10 cheaper than amazon: http://www.play.com/Electronics/Electronics/4-/3509830/-/Product.html?searchstring=HD-EP35&searchsource=0

its £70 more adds High Bit Rate Audio and Deep Color via [COLOR=Black]HDMI. So you get another audio format supported and more colours.
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#24
Thanks TALON1973.

I was in the market for a £200 upscaling DVD player.

Now ordering some "UK Blu Ray exclusive" HD-DVD releases from various Amazon sites around the world.

What i can't get on HD-DVD i can upscale. Win win situation for me. YMMV.
suspended#25
WisheeWashee
Now ordering some "UK Blu Ray exclusive" HD-DVD releases from various Amazon sites around the world.

sorry to spoil your party but blue-ray discs wont work in this player.

You can however buy hd-dvds from other countries as they are not region coded which is a HUGE plus for hd-dvd, you can now by cheap(ish) films from play-asia or other foreign cheap sites.

voted hot btw, £195 minus quidco is a nice price for a high end hd-dvd player, just missing deep colour, most ppl dont have deep colour compatible tv's anyway but i'd want the ep35 myself, £265 minus quidco for that.

atleast these players are getting realistic prices now.
#26
Ill vote hot as its a good price, but i am going to wait until they do this deal AND throw in the entire first season of Heroes on HD like they did in the States.
#27
hajj_3
sorry to spoil your party but blue-ray discs wont work in this player.

You can however buy hd-dvds from other countries as they are not region coded which is a HUGE plus for hd-dvd, you can now by cheap(ish) films from play-asia or other foreign cheap sites.

voted hot btw, £195 minus quidco is a nice price for a high end hd-dvd player, just missing deep colour, most ppl dont have deep colour compatible tv's anyway but i'd want the ep35 myself, £265 minus quidco for that.

atleast these players are getting realistic prices now.
I suspect the original poster knows that Blu-Ray discs won't play in his HD DVD player. What he was actually trying to say is that he can buy movies on HD DVD from other countries that are only available on Blu-Ray in this country...

BTW - To the person that mentioned earlier about Walmart offering HD DVD players for $200. Let's not forget that for one weekend only a week or so ago, a number of the large electrical stores in the States (Best Buy, if I remember) were offering an older Toshiba HD DVD player for just $100 - that's £50 in real money! For that sort of money, even I'd be tempted to buy one... personally, though, I'm still waiting for a decent, low-cost Blu-Ray player to come along :)
#28
scottyf
i was all set to treat myself to a hd dvd player for christmas
at £180 something + 7 movies seems like a great choice.
untill i looked up on line at the movies available and compared to blu-ray the titles available on hd-dvd are pretty pi** poor,no disney ect,

i am now thinking about getting a ps3 instead just for the blu-ray.
and i dont even play games.

although i think i will wait untill after crimbo sales and try and get a cheap ps3

if they cant supply the titles then there will be no hope for hd-dvd


Disney!...Happy feet!....Horses for courses is right Might as well watch that rubbish on VHS.
#29
The deep colour feature is a misnomer anyway as not only does the player and the TV have to have it but the HD DVD discs encoded with it also. No HD DVD's have been encoded with it yet and none are in the pipeline either.
#30
went for cold, for extra 100 pounds you could get a PS3 with blu ray player that does 1080p and upscales DVD.
#31
Vote hot as it's a good deal. I won't be jumping just yet though the HD revolution is turning into a HD Evolution and as it's been said if Sony are admitting the "war" is at a stalemate then the future for HD looks niche
#32
willisgavin
went for cold, for extra 100 pounds you could get a PS3 with blu ray player that does 1080p and upscales DVD.


this player does 1080p and upscales. so your reasons for voting cold is a little stupid.

for an extra £60 quid you could get a xbox arcade and a hd-dvd xbox player, but that doesnt mean this deal isnt good.
#33
I ordered this HD DVD player from Play last week whent it was £209.99 and used the Prima £5 OFF voucher. Must say its a nice looking piece of kit. The two films it come with in the box (300 & Bourne Supremacy) both look the Muts Nuts. I also have a PS3 and when compared, the films I have watched in Blu Ray on the PS3 and the two above films on the HD-EP30 there is really no difference. I would highly recommend this player. The fact that you get 7 free HD DVD's with it aswell is a huge bonus.
#34
willisgavin
went for cold, for extra 100 pounds you could get a PS3 with blu ray player that does 1080p and upscales DVD.


Another Blu Ray fanboy. Where do they come from?

How will a PS3 let you play HD DVD's?

You also get 7 free HD DVD's with this.
#35


Isnt the Blu-Ray offer US only? I think thats what it says in the terms and conditions at the bottom.

out of curiosity, why do people say this doesnt support deep colour? As I thought I understood it the player had to support HDMI 1.3 (which this one does) and then it would support beep colour, or it would when the movie providers started to use it on the disks! :-)
#36
The EP30 has HDMI 1.3 but it doesn't have the deep colour functionality.
#37
Its a shame the actual quality of the free HD-DVD's are not better, I have been toying with the idea of buying this for nearly a month, but i just cannot thing of more than one or two of the free disks that would be worthy of watching again, while its a good deal if you havent seen them already, it seems hd-dvd prices are about to plunge, so if you dont fancy any of the bundled disks, it would be prudent to wait.
#38
TALON1973
the hd-e1 doesnt do 1080p ..... this new model does ;)

review here :-

http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=64278

so this is a better player .. not just cosmetically


Yes I knew that, that is why I said compare them at resolutions that they BOTH support. Not everyone wants/needs/has a 1080p TV, so the fact it has 1080p does not effect them, but I was wondering if the quality at lower resolutions is improved, or you may as well just get the older model (with the nicer on/off button!)
#39
I couldn't see any difference between 1080p and 720p at 42" when I bought my TV. This "ful HD" marketing we're seeing at the moment on high-end sets will on serve to further confuse the general public even further when looking to move up to a HD format, IMO.

Anyhow, this is a great price and a great deal with the free movies, the only reason I haven't jumped on board already is that they seem to be getting cheaper by the month.
#40
This is a fantastic offer and well worth the money considering you get the 5 free films as well as the 2 in the box. Earlier in the thread it was mentioned that this machine replaces the E1 but their is a thread on AV Forums about the EP-30 being indentical to the EP-10 which you can get for a smidge over £150 and still get the 5 free films but the player doesn't come with 300 and Bourne. these films are going for about £12 each on Fleabay at the moment and by xmas their will be hundreds for sale so cheap as chips if you wanted 300 and Bourne but opted for the cheaper player.

Also this offer expires at the end of January so no need to rush in;-)

Sorry link to AV Forums
http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=641955

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