HD-A2 HD-DVD player $98.97 @ Wal-Mart

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  1. Kuskokwim

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    Kuskokwim, Nov 2, 2007
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  3. ChairmanOfTheBored, Nov 2, 2007
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  4. Kuskokwim

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    I don't know, but it might be possible to get one:

    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT:Wal-Mart Stores, Inc
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    12:00pm 10/31/2007

    WMT 44.99, -0.38, -0.8%) on Wednesday said it would start its Black Friday
    and holiday pricing early on some items, in a move to drive sales during
    the increasingly competitive holiday shopping season. Wal-Mart, the world's
    largest retailer, said it will offer Black-Friday prices three weeks early
    by unveiling "secret" in-store specials. The company said it will offer
    discounts on five popular gift items. Wal-Mart plans to reveal discounts on
    its Web site on Thursday. The items will be available in stores beginning
    Friday morning, Nov. 2 as it officially opens its special Christmas shops.
    The day after Thanksgiving is one of the biggest shopping days of the year
    and is known as "Black Friday" in the retail industry because retailers
    earn so much on this single day they are able to swing to profitability.

    Also, the 800 lb. gorilla speaks:
     
    Kuskokwim, Nov 2, 2007
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  5. Kuskokwim

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    There is a poll of Blu-ray owners at the AVS forums. 65% of them say they
    are going to try to buy one of these HD-A2 players so they can have both
    formats. For 99 bucks, why not?
     
    Kuskokwim, Nov 2, 2007
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  6. I own both already, and I'll go buy one.
     
    ChairmanOfTheBored, Nov 2, 2007
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    There's a Walmart only a mile from where I drop my son off at school so I
    went there right at 8am and they had just opened their doors. There was a
    line of about 50 people, some there for other deals and they had already
    sold out of their stock of 30 players. One guy was pissed that the first of
    second guy in line had bought 10 players, obviously intending to resell them
    on eBay. It wasn't a big deal to me as I'm going to buy a Pioneer Blu-Ray
    player for the holidays but it was such a good deal it was worth at least
    checking out.

    T.B.
     
    T.B., Nov 2, 2007
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  8. Got mine.


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    Geena Phillips, Nov 2, 2007
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  9. Kuskokwim

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    FWIW, Best Buy is selling the same player at the same price.

    I decided to take a drive to my local Best Buy which indeed had the same
    HD-DVD player for $99. However, they didn't have any in stock except a
    couple returns priced at $249(!) and the idiot BB guy couldn't work their
    inventory pc to figure out if they had any in stock there or at another
    local store. And of course, they won't do rain checks on such sale items.

    After looking over the (pretty thrashed) player they had on the shelf which
    was really a lot more bare-bones than I thought and looking over the
    available HD titles, I basically came to the conclusion even 99 bucks and
    any further hassle wasn't worth the purchase considering there was maybe
    half a dozen titles on that format I was seriously interested in buying and
    one, The Matrix box set is going to be released in the Spring on Blu-Ray.

    On the plus side, today really reinforced my overall hatred of "Big Box"
    stores like Walmart and Best Buy.

    T.B.
     
    T.B., Nov 2, 2007
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  10. Let's see if I understand. You could buy a $99 HDDVD player that
    upconverts SD DVDs better than most upconverting SD players, and it
    plays real HiDef stuff too. And you get 5 free movies with it.

    If you bought those 5 movies at the cheapest price new I've seen ($15),
    then those are worth $75, so the player really is costing you $27. BUT,
    some stores that were selling the $99 players, were also giving away two
    free movies at time of purchase. If you bought there, then your player
    actually paid you to buy it....

    Of course, you could just spend $400 on a BD player...
     
    Lloyd Parsons, Nov 3, 2007
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  11. Kuskokwim

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    :

    (snip)
    It's worth noting you don't get to pick any 5 movies, you're limited to a
    selection of one each from the following catagories:

    Aeon Flux [PG-13]
    Babel [R]
    The Italian Job[PG-13]

    Category B
    The Hulk [PG-13]
    Pitch Black [NR]
    The Thing [R]

    Category C
    Charlie & The Choclate Factory [PG]
    Swordfish [PG]
    Full Metal Jacket (original release) [R]

    Category D
    Firewall [PG-13]
    The Frighteners [NR]
    U2: Rattle and Hum [PG-13]

    Category E
    Black Rain [R]
    Darkman [R]
    Troy [R]
    That's Best Buy. What makes their offer of 2 extra HD DVDs so attractive is
    you can pick anything they have in stock.
    And get a far better selection of movies in HD, not to mention a better
    player overall as the HD-A2 is a now discontinued low end model that doesn't
    even output 1080p.

    But a bargain is a bargain. No doubt about that. Doesn't sound like HD has
    much of a future if Microsoft/Toshiba are basically dumping players hoping
    to somehow recoup money on the strength of future disc sales. Problem is,
    there's not a whole helluva lot in the pipeline worth buying through early
    next year thus far on the release calender.

    T.B.
     
    T.B., Nov 3, 2007
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  12. I wouldn't mind at least one of each of those categories, although they
    might not be the ones I would want first.
    Well, far better selection is of course an opinion. And the HDA2 does
    TrueHD which most BD players don't. As to the 1080i vs p, well I
    haven't seen anything that makes me want to buy a new set yet. My 61"
    JVC 1080i does a fine job.

    At $100 it is competitive with better upconverting SD players, and the 5
    free movies make it cheaper than almost all of the SD players out there.
     
    Lloyd Parsons, Nov 3, 2007
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  13. Has anyone tried this Toshiba HD-A2 player with DVD+R's? The box
    specifically mentions DVD-R's but not not mention plus R's nor the +/-
    logo. I bought one but did not open it yet on account of this. I
    have many home videos converted to plus+R format and in fact my old
    burner only supports plus+R format.

    Thanks,
    Chris
     
    satellite_chris, Nov 7, 2007
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  14. Kuskokwim

    Kuskokwim Guest

    Chris,

    I just tried playing several DVD+Rs and they all work.

    For some reason they don't mention +Rs in the instruction manual, either.

    I'm going to use this player for HD-DVDs, only. For regular DVDs I will
    still use my old Panasonic S97 which has more convenience features.

    It was worth the $98.97 I spent if only for the increased picture quality
    of the HD-DVDs. I have a projector with a 92 inch screen.
     
    Kuskokwim, Nov 7, 2007
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  15. Thank you VERY VERY much for actually testing a few DVD+R's. It was
    very nice to see someone go ought of their way to help a stranger.

    Regards,
    Chris
     
    satellite_chris, Nov 7, 2007
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