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HD DVD add-on for the Xbox 360, only £99.99.
HD DVD add-on for the Xbox 360, only £99.99.

HD DVD add-on for the Xbox 360, only £99.99.

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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!

Official HD DVD site:- thelookandsoundofperfect.com

97 Comments

Is this just online? or instore aswell?

just the base or does it come with Kong and Remote?

Argh I was waiting for a deal on one of these for my PC, but now I don't have any spare money for it!

jklondon

just the base or does it come with Kong and Remote?



Only the first batch had king kong, new ones now just come with the media remote.

Don't forget 5% quidco on new accessories!

Banned

lol yeah I dont have any "spare money" either

Outstanding deal....

You can plug these into your PC/HTPC and go HD. LOADS cheaper than a blu-ray drive.

look on the net for a hack to put on PC. I read somewhere that is was possible

this is a great deal shame i dont have the money for it till pay day lol oh well have some heat

brookfarrelly

look on the net for a hack to put on PC. I read somewhere that is was … look on the net for a hack to put on PC. I read somewhere that is was possible



I don't think it needs a hack to work with the PC, unless you want to do dodgy things with it.

You just plug it in via USB and load a driver for it - only problems I've had with it are HDCP so I've just kept it with the 360 for simplicity.

John

brookfarrelly

look on the net for a hack to put on PC. I read somewhere that is was … look on the net for a hack to put on PC. I read somewhere that is was possible



Hack not required - Microsoft have released official drivers for this.

When it first came out the drivers were 'un-official'.

W1zz

What is the cheapest software for playback though?

Bought one of these a few weeks ago, must say that the picture quality is superb! Looking to stock up my HD DVD collection now, and the Matrix is due out soon! Can't wait!!

HOT!
:w00t:

ixi

What is the cheapest software for playback though?



Probably Power DVD.

Johnmcl7

You just plug it in via USB and load a driver for it - only problems I've … You just plug it in via USB and load a driver for it - only problems I've had with it are HDCP so I've just kept it with the 360 for simplicity.John



If you use AnyDVD it manages to bypass the HDCP problem, and back up your hd titles to your hard drive :thumbsup:

Been umming and ahhing for a while on this, are there enough movies available to rent in HD..eg in blockbuster etc ..i see love film have approx 60 but it appears that not all new releases are given the HD treatment.
I've a bog standard dvd recorder but a nice plasma tele , will this improve my movies played through the HD box even if the movies themselves aren't HD?
Finally speakers..is there a need to have them?
Be good to hear from someone whose already got this and if they recommend it.

Fantastic price, very very tempted. Been thinking about getting one of these for ages, was just waiting for the price to drop.

Are there any codes out there to get rid of the sneaky £4.95 delivery charge??

"09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C7 63 56 88 C0"

There you go , all you need to hack your HDDVDs. Or is it?;-)

dmurray0

If you use AnyDVD it manages to bypass the HDCP problem, and back up your … If you use AnyDVD it manages to bypass the HDCP problem, and back up your hd titles to your hard drive :thumbsup:



Got to laugh, years of development and it takes hackers months to break HDCP wide open :w00t:

Thinking about this, good deal but the only HDTV in my house at the moment is in the living room. Will be changing soon though, im buying on in July

where are the "official" microsoft drivers for using this drive on the PC?

On the MS updates site, chances are you already have them installed.

the1C3MAN

Is this just online? or instore aswell?



Seems to be online only. My local store has them at £129.99

How much data does HD-DVD hold compared to Blu-Ray?

meh, it might seem like a good deal now but really this is just £99 down the drain as in a couple of years this will be a dead format...it's being outsold by Blu-ray. Also remember, many titles aren't available in HD-DVD as they support blu-ray.

HenvY

meh, it might seem like a good deal now but really this is just £99 down … meh, it might seem like a good deal now but really this is just £99 down the drain as in a couple of years this will be a dead format...it's being outsold by Blu-ray. Also remember, many titles aren't available in HD-DVD as they support blu-ray.


Same the other way as well, there are some titles only in HD-DVD. Heroes will be HD DVD-only when that's out, that's the first that sprung to mind.

Blu-ray will win this one, definitely.

Blanco

How much data does HD-DVD hold compared to Blu-Ray?


For Dual-Layer, 30GB opposed to 50GB.
Theoretical limit is 60GB for HD-DVD and 200GB for Blu-Ray.

Flux101

Same the other way as well, there are some titles only in HD-DVD. Heroes … Same the other way as well, there are some titles only in HD-DVD. Heroes will be HD DVD-only when that's out, that's the first that sprung to mind.


The matrix also - but as far as I know Universal is the only major studio supporting HD-DVD. Might be a couple of others, can't remember.

HenvY

The matrix also - but as far as I know Universal is the only major studio … The matrix also - but as far as I know Universal is the only major studio supporting HD-DVD. Might be a couple of others, can't remember.


The Matrix for now, Blu-Ray will be out later in the year. But that's because Blu-Ray haven't got themselves sorted out with the extra features, HD DVD is doing them so much better, like picture in picture.

I think there are 3 studios supporting HD DVD only, and 6 supporting Blu-Ray, then a few supporting both, but I can't remember who's on who's side.

HenvY

The matrix also - but as far as I know Universal is the only major studio … The matrix also - but as far as I know Universal is the only major studio supporting HD-DVD. Might be a couple of others, can't remember.



.. check out :

en.wikipedia.org/wik…DVD

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HenvY

meh, it might seem like a good deal now but really this is just £99 down … meh, it might seem like a good deal now but really this is just £99 down the drain as in a couple of years this will be a dead format...it's being outsold by Blu-ray. Also remember, many titles aren't available in HD-DVD as they support blu-ray.


Hey everyone ignore this guy he doesnt know what he is talking about


also remember these HD DVDs are not going to magically stop working if blu ray wins....and at £100, buying in to this format is quite low risk not like £800 blu ray player.

sure you can wait two years to see which prevails but in the mean time people who wont sit on the fence will be watching HD movies! (I know i couldnt wait that long).

Personally I think HD DVD will win but I don't want to turn this into a format wars thread heh

If you know how to download blue-ray rips then its easy to stick onto HD-DVD. Then you can watch any film in HD. Either way, its a very good deal! Heat left + rep...

Proximo

Hey everyone ignore this guy he doesnt know what he is talking aboutalso … Hey everyone ignore this guy he doesnt know what he is talking aboutalso remember these HD DVDs are not going to magically stop working if blu ray wins....and at £100, buying in to this format is quite low risk not like £800 blu ray player.sure you can wait two years to see which prevails but in the mean time people who wont sit on the fence will be watching HD movies! (I know i couldnt wait that long).Personally I think HD DVD will win but I don't want to turn this into a format wars thread heh


Hmm, it's probably you who doesn't know what you're talking about.
So what if they will still work?
Betamax tapes still worked in 1999 right? Yeah...that didn't do much for them.
The cheapest blu-ray player available is the PS3 and that is an intentional move by Sony..a ps3 can currently be had for around £360, not the BS figure of £800 you just pulled out of the bag.

HenvY

meh, it might seem like a good deal now but really this is just £99 down … meh, it might seem like a good deal now but really this is just £99 down the drain as in a couple of years this will be a dead format...it's being outsold by Blu-ray. Also remember, many titles aren't available in HD-DVD as they support blu-ray.



By the way the major movie studios including HBO, Paramount Pictures, StudioCanal, Universal Studios, New Line Entertainment and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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HenvY

Hmm, it's probably you who doesn't know what you're talking about.So what … Hmm, it's probably you who doesn't know what you're talking about.So what if they will still work?Betamax tapes still worked in 1999 right? Yeah...that didn't do much for them.


What?
HenvY

The cheapest blu-ray player available is the PS3 and that is an … The cheapest blu-ray player available is the PS3 and that is an intentional move by Sony..a ps3 can currently be had for around £360, not the BS figure of £800 you just pulled out of the bag.


£800 was the price for a decent one the cheapest you can buy is ]£500
as opposed to a ]£260 dedicated HD DVD player is how much a dedicated blu-ray player you can confirm this anywhere on the internet

PS3 is the worst quality blu-ray player you can buy benchmarks have proved this:

It does not support the transfer of the required bit streams to an … It does not support the transfer of the required bit streams to an external decoder / AV receiver like the recently announced Onkyo models. You can get the unit itself to decode Dolby TrueHD (NOT DTS HD) and send it as uncompressed audio to the receiver. But if you trust your new THX ULTRA 2 certified receiver to be a better unit for the job you are in bad luck. It is not possible.


dvdtown.com/new…451

You can read it yourself at the above link.

Blu-ray movie enthusiasts who care about quality are not going to choose a PS3. The fact you were not aware of this only confirms my point as does your comment :

just £99 down the drain as in a couple of years this will be a dead … just £99 down the drain as in a couple of years this will be a dead format



Buying this is the cheapest way to get on the HD train and it's a safe bet aswell.

Proximo

What?


you made the point that even if blu-ray wins this will still work. I told you that's a bad point - Betamax tapes still worked long into VHS' reign but it was still a redundant format.

Proximo

£800 was the price for a decent one the cheapest you can buy is ]£500 as o … £800 was the price for a decent one the cheapest you can buy is ]£500 as opposed to a ]£260 dedicated HD DVD player is how much a dedicated blu-ray player you can confirm this anywhere on the internetPS3 is the worst quality blu-ray player you can buy benchmarks have proved this:http://www.dvdtown.com/news/playstation-3---not-the-most-comprehensive-blu-ray-disc-player/4451You can read it yourself at the above link.


That is not a benchmark, lmao. That is a link which says the PS3 does not support analogue 5.1. It makes no mention of the quality. In a similar vein however, I imagine if it is bad quality this is going to be of equally bad quality. You get what you pay for, right?

Proximo

Blu-ray movie enthusiasts who care about quality are not going to choose … Blu-ray movie enthusiasts who care about quality are not going to choose a PS3. The fact you were not aware of this only confirms my point as does your comment :


That is something you have made up. I am incredibly confident in saying you have no source to back that up except maybe one or two anecdotal forum posts.
You're making a really bad job of saying I don't know what i'm talking about but you do.

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HenvY

you made the point that even if blu-ray wins this will still work. I told … you made the point that even if blu-ray wins this will still work. I told you that's a bad point - Betamax tapes still worked long into VHS' reign but it was still a redundant format.



It's not a bad point it just means that the hundreds of pounds people spend on their HD players is not down the drain because they will still play the media they bought for it

HenvY

That is not a benchmark, lmao. That is a link which says the PS3 does not … That is not a benchmark, lmao. That is a link which says the PS3 does not support analogue 5.1. It makes no mention of the quality. In a similar vein however, I imagine if it is bad quality this is going to be of equally bad quality. You get what you pay for, right?


I didn't say that was the link to the benchmark test but magazines which review players say this. The HD DVD one will not be of equal quality because HD DVD in itself is a cheaper technology to develop for (which is on of the main criticisms of blu-ray) So with regards to "cost effective" blu ray players like the PS3 you do indeed you get what you pay for

HenvY

That is something you have made up. I am incredibly confident in saying … That is something you have made up. I am incredibly confident in saying you have no source to back that up except maybe one or two anecdotal forum posts.


No it's not something I made up, it's common sense i'm not about to go scanning magazines to prove my point but if you think a £360-£400 ps3 is going to be as good as a £500 dedicated blu-ray player you are kidding yourself. Sony did this with DVD on the PS2 and their lasers conked out after a while because the drive couldn't handle the continuous reading of the disc.

HenvY

You're making a really bad job of saying I don't know what i'm talking … You're making a really bad job of saying I don't know what i'm talking about but you do.


no I just know enough to know that this is a very uninformed opinion:
HenvY

meh, it might seem like a good deal now but really this is just £99 down … meh, it might seem like a good deal now but really this is just £99 down the drain as in a couple of years this will be a dead format...it's being outsold by Blu-ray. Also remember, many titles aren't available in HD-DVD as they support blu-ray.

Original Poster

Thanks for the heat & rep everyone, for those that are joining the Hi Def generation for under £100. :w00t: I had a search around for some HD DVD info that might be useful for us.

The official HD DVD site:- ]http//ww…om/

HD DVD movie reviews:- ]http//ww…a=2

The best HD DVD release date site I could find:- ]http//ww…DVD

Some HD DVD titles to look out for:-:

The Ultimate Matrix Collection
Children of Men
The Thing
Babel
300
Heroes
The Untouchables
Blood Diamond
Happy Feet
The Warriors
Serenity
The bourne Identity

there are obviously a lot more, but I just thought this might help.

Banned

Batman Begins and King Kong are greeeeaaaaaaaaaat!

Spark

Blu-ray will win this one, definitely.


Based on what information...?

Lord of the rings exclusive, matrix timed exclusive coming out soon I highly doubt blu ray has a definite win, if at all.
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