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Xbox 360 HD-DVD Add On £29.99 @ Comet (Instore)

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The Xbox 360 HD-DVD Player offers stunning video and immersive surround-sound audio, with six times higher resolution than DVD (up to1080p) through a component or VGA connection.

Innovative interactive content capabilities enable picture-in-picture commentary, scene selection and menu access - all while the movie is playing. Users can enjoy blockbuster HD-DVD releases, with more than 150 titles available by the end of 2006 from major movie studios including HBO, Paramount Pictures, StudioCanal, Universal Studios and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Only HD-DVD offers a "combo" disc: a DVD on one side allows playback on all existing DVD players, in your home or car; the other side is compatible with the HD-DVD Player.

The player works seamlessly with your Xbox 360 system, using the system's processing power and audio connections to deliver the highest possible video and sound quality. Setup is easy: just plug the HD-DVD Player into the USB port on your Xbox 360 console and jump in!
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#1
Good find cheers!
#2
HD DVD is dead you know!!!









only kidding, good find!
#3
Will this work with a standard XBOX?

HD-DVD is not dead, it's a zombie (lots of existing media dead cheap). As long as you are satisfied with what you can get *now* fine.
#4
foraminafera

HD-DVD is not dead, it's a zombie (lots of existing media dead cheap). As long as you are satisfied with what you can get *now* fine.


agreed, still plenty of HD movies out there going dirt cheap and for just £30 for the ability to watch them, can't complain, probably spend around the same amount goin to watch them at the cinema.

Unfortunately no it doesn't work with the original xbox though as it doesn't have the HD capabilities.
#5
10% off everything in the new store at Greenbridge, Swindon this weekend too!

voted HOTT!!
#6
Very good deal... anyone know if there are any cheap HD DVD stand alone players for around the same price... fancy getting one and buying the fast and the furious trilogy, whilst using it as a DVD upscaler as well. But at the same time without knackering my xbox360.
1 Like #7
donbreach
Very good deal... anyone know if there are any cheap HD DVD stand alone players for around the same price... fancy getting one and buying the fast and the furious trilogy, whilst using it as a DVD upscaler as well. But at the same time without knackering my xbox360.



You might still be able to pick up a Toshiba EP30 instore in Comet...not the same price, but still a bargain at £59.99...great upscaler, too.
#8
The Liverpool store in Aintree is moving to a new unti very soon and apprantly they are having a sale so may also be worth popping in to see if they knock any money off it as think stuff is suppose to be 10% off or slightly more
#9
Prufrock
You might still be able to pick up a Toshiba EP30 instore in Comet...not the same price, but still a bargain at £59.99...great upscaler, too.


Cheers for that... Will keep an eye out. Wouldn't mind paying the extra £30 to avoid using the xbox excessively (play it too much as it is).
#10
The EP30's should come with 2 free hd-dvd's with them as well.. bonus :)
#11
The picture and sound quality of the dedicated players such as the Tosh mentioned above is definitely better than that of the 360 add-on, too. I know this comment probably upset a lot of 360 fansboys but it's true...

Voted hot for the price.
#12
PoisonJam
The picture and sound quality of the dedicated players such as the Tosh mentioned above is definitely better than that of the 360 add-on, too. I know this comment probably upset a lot of 360 fansboys but it's true...
Voted hot for the price.


Would make sense, the stand alone players are bound to be superior... but if ur after a cheap HD DVD player, or should I say cheapER, then this should do.
I'm a 360 owner, but I think I will invest the little extra for the Toshiba EP30.
#13
donbreach
Cheers for that... Will keep an eye out. Wouldn't mind paying the extra £30 to avoid using the xbox excessively (play it too much as it is).



As Godspeed says, the EP30 comes with The Bourne Supremacy and 300. So, the player and 2 films for £59.99...


Don't bother using the online store checker, as it won't show you where there is stock. You're best off ringing the stores directly, or popping in.
#14
From what I gather, you can also hook this up to a PC and use it for HD playback. Don't ask me how, as i don't know...but I'm sure Mr. Google can help with that one. ;)
#15
Prufrock
From what I gather, you can also hook this up to a PC and use it for HD playback. Don't ask me how, as i don't know...but I'm sure Mr. Google can help with that one. ;)


Yeh with vista and mac all thats needed is some software to play hd dvds with (power dvd hd) and with xp it requires a little more work.
#16
deathtrap3000
Yeh with vista and mac all thats needed is some software to play hd dvds with (power dvd hd) and with xp it requires a little more work.


Seems like microsoft didn't want it to work with XP wonder why :roll:
Some experimenters results.

http://uneasysilence.com/archive/2006/11/8303/
#17
Better still take PC World up on their price match offer - currently £40 in there, so tell them of the Comet offer and they'll match it plus 10% extra. £29! - can't be bad ;-)
#18
Have this reserved, but trying to justify do I really need a redundant format....someone sell it to me on info lol.
#19
Surely these will only get cheaper & cheaper as there are now "new" HD titles, only those made prior to the format losing out to BR.
(xbox 360 owner btw, not PS3 and can't see point in having one either)

is ther a list of HD titles available somewhere to dissuade me?
1 Like #20
cicobuff
Have this reserved, but trying to justify do I really need a redundant format....someone sell it to me on info lol.



Firesales, firesales and more firesales....the ones in Australia are almost over, but there are still lots of bargains to be had. The UK has just started their firesales, with the likes of HMV doing films like American Gangster and Atonement for £4.99 a pop (cheaper than buying them on SD-DVD). There are absolutely hundreds of titles available on HD-DVD both here and in the US, that can be had at a fraction of the cost of their BD counterparts...and there are films that are on HD-DVD that have yet to be released on BD.
#21
J9STL
Surely these will only get cheaper & cheaper as there are now "new" HD titles, only those made prior to the format losing out to BR.
(xbox 360 owner btw, not PS3 and can't see point in having one either)

is ther a list of HD titles available somewhere to dissuade me?



Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_st?rs=16295741&page=1&rh=n%3A16295741&sort=price


Amazon.co.uk:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=sr_st?rs=383382011&page=1&rh=n%3A283926%2Cn%3A383382011%2Cp_n_binding_browse-bin%3A383382011&sort=price


And those are just what's on sale on two Amazon sites.
#22
J9STL
Surely these will only get cheaper & cheaper as there are now "new" HD titles, only those made prior to the format losing out to BR.
(xbox 360 owner btw, not PS3 and can't see point in having one either)

is ther a list of HD titles available somewhere to dissuade me?


There is still Torchwood coming out soon and also a few titles in America.

Ive been using this site to find which ones I should buy
http://hddvd.highdefdigest.com/reviews.html
#23
Thanks Prufrock, rep added for your info!
#24
i'm assuming the xbox HD player is region free then?
#25
mike381
i'm assuming the xbox HD player is region free then?


All hd dvds are region free.
#26
Thanks for links to titles
2 questions:
1. The drive must therefore be region free?
2.Can you hear the movie over the fan noise from the xbox OK? (my month old elite makes quite a noise) - or is the machine quieter when the HD unit only is playing?
#27
J9STL
Thanks for links to titles
2 questions:
1. The drive must therefore be region free?
2.Can you hear the movie over the fan noise from the xbox OK? (my month old elite makes quite a noise) - or is the machine quieter when the HD unit only is playing?



Depends on your 360 I would believe. There are two noise factors with the 360...

. The Twin Fan Ducts
. The DVD Drive upon rotation

Noise from the twin fan ducts can vary from 360 to 360 I am on my third 360 due to excessive noise from these alone just sat idle on the dashboard. I would believe with the HD addon this is the only noise you would get. So if its pretty quiet sat at the 360 dashboard then it will be pretty quiet.

HD DVD playback with the HD DVD addon is region free, but I have read that SD DVD playback utilising the drive is still region locked to region 2 unfortunately.
#28
Its a Falcon chipset Elite with BenQ drive & isn't too bad on dashboard, but quite noisy when dvd drive is working. Think I'll hold off on the HD drive , besides it's not black & doesn't match the Elite, and I would need another socket by the tv lol.

see the Commodore avatar you use - did you grow up on Vic20, the 64 & Amigas like I did?
#29
Cheers for the help!
#30
cicobuff,
The real reason for buying this, even though HD-DVD lost the format war, is that it's a very inexpensive way to get into high definition. Most people by now have gone out and bought an HD TV of some description, but have yet to take advantage of and experience the quality of high defintion over standard definition when it comes to films and the such like. Yes, many people have 360s, which they play on their new TVs, but those same people have not had the opportunity to compare just how much of a difference high definition makes when viewing films. The difference between SD and HD is unbelieveable until you have actually experienced it, and the 360 add on is a very affordable way to enter the market . It's going to be a long time before Bluray drops low enough for most people to be tempted into purchasing a standalone BR player, and the cost of the PS3 is still very high. Even when the price of the players starts to fall, the cost of BD media is still high when compared to SD and HD-DVD. We're still in the "early adopter" phase as far as Bluray is concerned. HD-DVD was also still in that phase until it lost the format war. Now it's on the "quick! clear it off the shelves as quickly as possible" phase, which can only benefit the likes of you and me. ;)

Given the choice between this and the Tosh EP30 standalone player, I'd go for the Tosh every time. The Tosh is a superb upscaler, as well as being a good HD-DVD player. Watching your SD-DVDs upscaled to 1080 is quite amazing, too. You have missed the boat with the Tosh as far as most retailers are concerned - most of the online retailers have cleared out their stock (play.com selling it off for £49.99 with 2 films, or £69.99 with 7 films...and Amazon price matching until play sold out). However, there are still some retailers out there who have yet to drop the price of this unit...they will drop the price eventually, if you are prepared to wait. However, by then, the firesales will be over and you'll have a hard time finding discs to buy at £5 a pop. As said earlier, though, Comet is selling the EP30 off at £59.99...you just need to find a store with stock left.
#31
Prufrock
Given the choice between this and the Tosh EP30 standalone player, I'd go for the Tosh every time. The Tosh is a superb upscaler, as well as being a good HD-DVD player. Watching your SD-DVDs upscaled to 1080 is quite amazing, too.


Where did you hear that??
Is it just word of mouth or have you experienced it for yourself.
All the reviews ive read have suggested that its upscaling abilities are average at best.
#32
deathtrap3000
Where did you hear that??
Is it just word of mouth or have you experienced it for yourself.
All the reviews ive read have suggested that its upscaling abilities are average at best.


I've got an EP30. So, I'm speaking from experience.
#33
Prufrock
cicobuff,
The real reason for buying this, even though HD-DVD lost the format war, is that it's a very inexpensive way to get into high definition. Most people by now have gone out and bought an HD TV of some description, but have yet to take advantage of and experience the quality of high defintion over standard definition when it comes to films and the such like. Yes, many people have 360s, which they play on their new TVs, but those same people have not had the opportunity to compare just how much of a difference high definition makes when viewing films. The difference between SD and HD is unbelieveable until you have actually experienced it, and the 360 add on is a very affordable way to enter the market . It's going to be a long time before Bluray drops low enough for most people to be tempted into purchasing a standalone BR player, and the cost of the PS3 is still very high. Even when the price of the players starts to fall, the cost of BD media is still high when compared to SD and HD-DVD. We're still in the "early adopter" phase as far as Bluray is concerned. HD-DVD was also still in that phase until it lost the format war. Now it's on the "quick! clear it off the shelves as quickly as possible" phase, which can only benefit the likes of you and me. ;)

Given the choice between this and the Tosh EP30 standalone player, I'd go for the Tosh every time. The Tosh is a superb upscaler, as well as being a good HD-DVD player. Watching your SD-DVDs upscaled to 1080 is quite amazing, too. You have missed the boat with the Tosh as far as most retailers are concerned - most of the online retailers have cleared out their stock (play.com selling it off for £49.99 with 2 films, or £69.99 with 7 films...and Amazon price matching until play sold out). However, there are still some retailers out there who have yet to drop the price of this unit...they will drop the price eventually, if you are prepared to wait. However, by then, the firesales will be over and you'll have a hard time finding discs to buy at £5 a pop. As said earlier, though, Comet is selling the EP30 off at £59.99...you just need to find a store with stock left.


Please do not recommend people to invest in the dead HD-DVD format. Yeh things might seem like a bargain right now but when your player breaks and you can no longer find a player for your HD-DVD archive you will feel a bit stupid for investing any money at all. Please don't throw your money away.
1 Like #34
zebrum
Please do not recommend people to invest in the dead HD-DVD format. Yeh things might seem like a bargain right now but when your player breaks and you can no longer find a player for your HD-DVD archive you will feel a bit stupid for investing any money at all. Please don't throw your money away.



Don't talk daft. I've never had a dvd player break down on me, for starters...so all this talk of "when your player breaks and you can no longer find a player for your HD-DVDs" is absolute ****. Even if that did happen, and I really didn't have anything left to play my HD-DVDs on (ignoring the fact that I can buy a HD-drive for my PC), there are so many people out there with HD-DVD players that it won't be a problem selling my collection off. By then, my collection will be worth more than I have paid for it, as stock of HD-DVDs will have run dry. I'm paying on average £5 a film on HD-DVD (films like Shrek the Third, The Kingdom, Atonement, American Gangster, etc). Hell, it's costing me less to buy films on HD-DVD than it would cost me to rent them! I won't lose money on them, mate....can you say the same about BD?


Gotta love this "when your player breaks" ****...that's just so lame. You know, I don't think there's anyone out there who doesn't know that HD-DVD lost the format war. Jealousy is not a good thing, you know..you should channel your energy into something more positive.


https://ssl.dvdcrave.com/products/hd_dvd_top.jsp?search_start=0&f_show_image=yes&f_show=50

http://www.ezydvd.com.au/mech/quicksearch.zml?f=title&q=hd&x=0&y=0

http://www.ezydvd.com.au/item.zml/795765<---Star Trek The First Season on HD-DVD Combination (plays on both HD and SD players)...£39 inclusive.

http://www.ezydvd.com.au/item.zml/799286<---all 5 Harry Potter films in HD-DVD for under £25 delivered.

http://hmv.com/hmvweb/specialOffers.do?ctx=-1;13;-1;-1&pGroupID=13&pGenreID=-1&pTertiaryID=-1&primaryID=13&secondaryID=-1&tertiaryID=-1

etc, etc, etc...
#35
zebrum;1969634
Please do not recommend people to invest in the dead HD-DVD format. Yeh things might seem like a bargain right now but when your player breaks and you can no longer find a player for your HD-DVD archive you will feel a bit stupid for investing any money at all. Please don't throw your money away.

Complete nonsense.
If you can still buy boxed betamax players on e-bay today then you'll be able to get HD-DVD players for decades to come too.
#36
alright for some, but i wouldnt bother even for 1p as the noise from the xbox360 would destroy the cinema experience
#37
BarneyL
Complete nonsense.
If you can still buy boxed betamax players on e-bay today then you'll be able to get HD-DVD players for decades to come too.


I wouldn't worry about him, Barney...he's posted the same **** on every HD-DVD player type thread on here. He's also completely ignoring the fact that BD hasn't won the war in China.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/dvd-forum-sets-rules-china-hd-dvd-format,4887.html
#38
royals
alright for some, but i wouldnt bother even for 1p as the noise from the xbox360 would destroy the cinema experience


Hasnt ruined my experience at all.
#39
J9STL
Its a Falcon chipset Elite with BenQ drive & isn't too bad on dashboard, but quite noisy when dvd drive is working. Think I'll hold off on the HD drive , besides it's not black & doesn't match the Elite, and I would need another socket by the tv lol.

see the Commodore avatar you use - did you grow up on Vic20, the 64 & Amigas like I did?


Same here Falcon premium though, Benq drive the same, wanted to make sure I got a falcon before my warranty expired.

Yep grew up with the 64 and Amiga (Still fond of the Amiga and own two A1200's, one in near mint condition I am staring at right now on my desktop with a 68040/40 accelerator)
#40
zebrum
Please do not recommend people to invest in the dead HD-DVD format. Yeh things might seem like a bargain right now but when your player breaks and you can no longer find a player for your HD-DVD archive you will feel a bit stupid for investing any money at all. Please don't throw your money away.


Thanks for the advice and please dont be offended but I have now built up a HD DVD collection for peanuts thanks to HD DVD being a "dead" format !
We all know that there will be plenty of HD DVD players available In the future and when I decide to get Into BluRay I'm sure my HD DVD player will look nice sitting next to a BluRay Player.
Now , If only we could buy Bluray discs for £4.99 :-D

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