The Venturer SHD7000 Has Landed
The guys over at HDDVD.com are reporting that the famed Venturer player has officially been released to consumers. Last we heard the player was expected to retail for around $200, but the old (and current) listing on Target’s site led us to believe otherwise, instead choosing to list it at $249. Thanks to the higher-than-expected price, consumers and early adopters alike were disheartened. The Venturer unit no longer maintained the appeal it once did, and with the $99 A2 secret sale, it seemed that there was no longer a home for the Venturer player.
However, when all hope seemed to be lost for the Venturer unit, it has found a way to sneak into retail stores across the country. You might ask, who is championing the sale of these units? None other than the same chain that brought you the secret A2 sale, Wal-mart. That’s right, in another surprising move from the mega-retailer it appears they have changed their stance on carrying solely name brand HD DVD players. Whether or not this move was planned for months, or it is a result of the recent success of the $99 A2 sale is still unclear at the moment.
Regardless of whether or not this was a spontaneous decision, the fact of the matter remains that consumers can throw down their money for an SHD7000 for an appetizing $199.98 right now at Wal-mart.com. While it’s not nearly as sweet a deal as the sub-$100 A2, and some might be quick to point out that the A3 is on sale for $199 on Amazon at the moment, it is still impressive to see the player debut under $200.
Could this player reach the sub-$100 mark before the year is out? That remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, of all of the available HD DVD players on the market it is in a far better position to drop to $100, as opposed to the new third generation entry level A3 HD DVD player, which retails for $299.
Either way, the player is in stock now, so if you’ve been holding out for the Venturer, now is the time to pull the trigger.
As always we’ll keep you posted on any further developments.
Wal-mart SHD7000 product listing, here.
Further information on Venturer at HD DVD’s main site, here.
Venturer SHD7000 main page, here.
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