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HD DVD players and discs in short supply

April 16th, 2006 · No Comments

HD DVD is real

Those hunting for an player from the States when it officially launches on Tuesday 18th April, may have quite a search on their hands. Toshiba is only expected to ship out around 10,000 players. In some cases, that means no more than a handful of players for even large stores. Launch titles from Warner (Million Dollar Baby, The Last Samurai and The Phantom of the Opera) and Universal (Serenity, with Apollo 13 and Doom following) have similar replication runs each. The launch will be backed by advertising on HD cable channels, including HGTV-HD, The Discovery Channel, HDNet and Universal HD. Warner is restricting availability of the discs to hardware stores also selling players. This, and the small disc runs, means that import supplies into the UK will be severely limited.
However, both Netflix and Blockbuster Online says they will have titles available for rental for US customers from the launch date. A survey by Netflix claims that the genre most reflected by early HD DVD adopters is action, followed by science fiction. Topping the list of titles requested are The Matrix and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

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