Sunday, July 29, 2007


HD DVD is one of the 2 new movie formats competing to replace DVDs in your leaving room (it's being pushed by Microsoft, Phillips and Toshiba. The other format is BluRay from Sony). Essentially supporting higher resolution, special features - and much more capacity on a single media, for storage (15-30GB per media).
While new players have been in the $500 for a while, their price is starting to drop. And since I have an HD TV in my living room, I decided to jump on the bandwagon. And just in time, it seems:
The Microsoft HD DVD player for the XBox 360 has been considered one of the cheapest players ($199) for 6 months now. It just got cheaper. Microsoft just announced that between 8/1/07 and 9/30/07, the player would sell for $179, accompanied by 5 HD DVD movies from a list of 15.

PS: A new generation of players that can play both HD DVD and BluRay is headed to production as we speak, but this low price beats the waiting. And since the XBox player is connected via USB, I'm sure a hack would come along, allowing its connection to a PC one day :).

PPS: Here's the list of titles available for selection:

  • Apollo 13
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Casablanca
  • The Chronicles of Riddick
  • Constantine
  • The Dukes of Hazzard
  • Four Brothers
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
  • The Perfect Storm
  • The Rundown
  • Seabiscuit
  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
  • U2: Rattle and Hum
  • U-571
  • We Were Soldiers

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