Hot on the heels of Sony’s budget Blu-ray player, Toshiba has announced two new HD DVD players for Europe that undercut it. The new players, dubbed HD-EP30 (pictured above) and HD-EP35, will go on sale in the UK in October, priced at 270 and 337 pounds respectively. Both will offer 1080p/24 image support and HDMI CEC link operability with Toshiba’s Regza TV range.
Both players can also decode Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD and DTS HD soundtracks, upscale DVD to 1080p and offer Ethernet connectivity (mandatory on all HD DVD players) allowing access exclusive online content.
In addition, the HDMI v1.3 HD-EP35 also supports ‘High Bit Rate Audio’ (up to 7.1 channels) via HDMI and Deep Colour. Says Olivier Van Wynendaele, Toshiba’s Deputy General Manager for HD DVD: “Toshiba continues to lead the next generation field in terms of both technical specifications and, crucially, price. It was under a year ago that we launched the first ever HD DVD player in Europe at what was considered to be a very competitive price point, and that has led to HD DVD capturing a majority share of the high-definition, stand-alone player market. We are now delivering products with premium specifications that offer even greater value to the consumer and will continue to drive the adoption of the HD DVD format.”
Toshiba has also confirmed that it will soon issue a firmware update for the HD-XE1 and HD-EP10 HD DVD players that will enable 1080/24 display support.