The Venturer SHD7000 Has Landed

Posted by James Segars on November 29, 2007 
Filed Under: Format War, HD DVD, Retailers

Venturer.bmpThe guys over at 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 The Venturer unit no longer maintained the appeal it once did, and with the $99 A2 secret sale, it seemed that there was no longer a home for the Venturer player.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 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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9 Responses to “The Venturer SHD7000 Has Landed”

  1. Devils Advocate on November 29th, 2007 1:16 pm

    Plus, I read over at AVS that it wont be released until Dec. 29th.   

  2. James Segars on November 29th, 2007 1:53 pm

    While I’m not positive, I know that the UK version isn’t going to be released until the 29th, on QVC exclusively.  The model number is slightly different, SDH7001.  Is it possible that you’re reading about that model, because on Walmart’s site it says that it’s in stock, and it’s available to ship immediately.   

  3. Dave Cowl on November 29th, 2007 7:32 pm

    I wonder who would buy this when there is no price advantage compared to a Japanese player…?

  4. Tyler Pruitt on November 30th, 2007 4:27 am

    My HD-XA2 was made in China …. go figure

  5. C on November 30th, 2007 7:16 am

    I just read that QVC UK will be offering it for about $103 USD…I wonder if it will get a low kick-off price here in the States as well.

  6. James Segars on November 30th, 2007 8:32 am

    I know I’m hoping for it.  I’m dying to pick up at least one of these as a gift this Christmas.  I missed the boat on the A2 deal, so now I’m just playing the waiting game to try and see when/where I can get my hands on one of these at a similar price point.  I’m sure many people are in the same boat as me.

  7. Devils Advocate on December 2nd, 2007 12:51 pm

    James, pick up a bluray player instead.

  8. James Segars on December 2nd, 2007 4:12 pm

    Haha, DA.  You’re crazy man.  I’d probably get a PS3 before I got a standalone Blu-ray player, unless of course it ends up not support 1.1/2.0 features, but I don’t think it should have any problems with those.

  9. Andy Butterfield on December 6th, 2007 11:09 am

    The 7000 (the NA version, the 7001 is the European variation) is a rebranded Toshiba HD-A3 (see AVS Forum) so less money than an A3, but fewere "free" movies. A great way to get an upscaling DVD player to play DVDs while waiting for HD disks to become available. 

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