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DVD upscalers good enough for most users, says report

October 30th, 2007 · 1 Comment

As the price of players hits an all time low in the US, as Wal-Mart and Amazon push the format into the sub-200 dollar mainstream, a new report from industry analyst Jupiter Research suggests that consumer interest in HD discs remains low. It says just 24 per cent of those polled have considered buying an HD player when upgrading their AV systems. The ongoing format war between the two HD systems and an increasing number of inexpensive DVD players able to upscale DVD is slowing interest, it says.
Low cost upscalers pass the ‘good enough’ test for most consumers, suggests David Schatsky, president of Jupiter Research.
In related news, Toshiba says its worldwide market share of dedicated HD players is now at 70 per cent.

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

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  • 1 Greggy 73 // Oct 30, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    Why do manufacturers have to play these types of games with regards to new technology?
    It’s plainly obvious that no-one in their right mind is going to touch either of these formats until a clear winner has emerged, and that won’t happen unless joe public invests money into purchases …
    The future for H.D is surely via downloadable content to compatible devices (Console’s or P.C’s etc) whereby a “format war” is eliminated…
    No-ones gonna wait years for a winner, are they?

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