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Early adopters happy with HD DVD, but…

April 29th, 2006 · No Comments

According to a survey by US trade magazine, Home Media Retailing, buyers of the first wave of players are pleased with their purchases, but are not entirely satisfied with the quality of the software.
Amongst those surveyed: A freelance journalist from Nebraska, who picked up the Toshiba HD-A1 because he wanted to “get a head start on the next-generation DVDs and give my HD-starved TV more content.” He concludes “I’m thrilled with the results.”
One buyer from Missouri bought one of the three players stocked by his local Best Buy store. “While I was checking out a cashier said, ‘What is this thing? I’ve never heard of it,’ so it might be awhile before the general public catches on.” He described the image quality as “breathtaking. It is some of the best TV content I have seen and I have seen a lot, working as a TV salesman, where I have to watch HD content all day long.”
He went on to praise the deck’s performance with standard DVDs too. “I have owned at least 10 DVD players over the last eight years and I can honestly say the Toshiba player is the best. This is a huge plus given the lack of HD movies.”
One early adopter from Massachusetts is quoted: “When DVD launched, Warner was limiting its releases to seven test-market cities, leaving me with exactly four Columbia TriStar titles to choose from. Nine years later, HD DVD launches with a similarly limited number of releases. It might be a good omen, since DVD really took off from there.“
Buyers interviewed seem ambivalent about the impending launch. One said: “Why would anyone want to pay at least double the price of the HD-A1 to get the same quality?”
Another shopper from Alabama confides: “I believe Blu-ray is a better technology, but not at twice the price. I will buy Blu-ray if they win the war, but that Betamax war lasted eight years before VHS started winning. I ain’t waiting that long.”

Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · High definition TV · Trade

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