7 free HD-DVD's too.
This will stir up the format war!http://www.play.com/Electronics/Electronics/4-/3497129/Toshiba-HD-EP30-HD-DVD-Player/Product.htmlOfficial MoneySavingExpert.com insert:
This machine is also available at Amazon
for the same price.Who's this for?
This deal is only relevant to you if you've already invested in a high-definition TV with an HDMI input. If you've got an older telly you simply won't notice the difference, because it won't be able to display enough 'lines' of picture.What's good about it?
Aside from playing the new high-res HD-DVDs, this box'll also 'upscale' the DVDs you already own, changing their resolution to fit your screen's. This can make a substantial difference, as many flat-screen TVs (especially LCD models) only look really good in their 'native' resolution, and on other settings shapes can appear blocky or lack sharpness.
The inclusion of 7 HD-DVDs in the price is another major selling point; they usually retail at around £15 (or more) each, and you get to choose 5 of them yourself (you get a voucher with the player). The two that are included are The 300
, and The Bourne Supremacy
.Why's it so cheap?
The reason for this low deal price (well, for such up-to-date technology) isn't that the player's sub-par; according to reviews it actually does the job really well.
The issue here is that there's a format war between HD-DVD & Sony's Blu-Ray discs (think Beta v VHS all over again) and HD-DVD is losing. This means in a few years nobody'll produce the high res discs it plays. Thus, Toshiba's trying to push the hardware into people's homes so they'll invest in the HD-DVD format as a whole.
Yet, at this price point, with 7 free high def films and great upscaling capabilities, even if HD DVD disappears in 5 years this still won't have been a bad buy (the cheapest Blu-Ray players still cost upwards of £200, without freebie discs). That said, it's not something to lavish the last of your paycheque on; if you can't easily afford it, play the waiting game; high def player prices will undoubtedly keep dropping this year.
- MSE Lawrence
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