500,000 HD DVD Standalone Players by the End of November?
Not that it should come as any surprise to anyone, but the recent three day retail war over Toshiba’s entry level player, the HD-A2, has had a significant effect on the volume of players sold in record amount of time. Regardless of the details surrounding this unprecedented sale, one thing is for certain, the HD DVD crowd has managed to enlarge their standalone user base by roughly 30% in a single weekend, bringing them ever closer the 500k mark.
A recent article from Home Media Magazine crunches what few numbers are currently available to the public, and they have arrived at an estimated 420,000 standalone units sold since inception. An impressive figure, no doubt, but surely the sales won’t end there. As Thanksgiving approaches, so looms Black Friday, a day when we see traditionally see incredible deals on all sorts of high tech goodies. If you weren’t already aware, the A3 will be available at Sears for $169.99, which up until the $98.97 A2 madness seemed like a steal.
So, this leaves us, and many eager fence-sitters out there wondering what could possibly be in store for them this Black Friday? Will we see the same prices? Even further discounts? Of course, it’s all speculation at this point. Few, if any, of us can claim we saw the sub-$100 HD DVD players coming, and we think it’s safe to say that the HD DVD Promotional Group will surely be keeping us in the dark over the next couple of weeks leading up until the holiday shopping blitz. One thing is for sure, there is definitely blood in the water, the consumers are most definitely hungry for HD content, and it may just be HD DVD that can give it to them first.