Best Buy Unveils HD DVD (And I Don’t Care)

The first HD DVD player is now for sale at my local Best Buy (Washington, DC), though they have no DVDs to go along with it. In fact, they didn’t even have a sample HD disc in the demo unit. The Toshiba HD-A1 is pretty bulky, even larger than the initial batch of first gen DVD players, but the remote is sexy. At $499 with a questionable improvement in picture quality, potentially restrictive HDMI requirements, and unhacked copy protection I’ll be on the sidelines for at least a year. By the time I get onboard, perhaps dual HD DVD/Blu-ray players will exist or maybe one format will have been decided upon… Yeah, right!

9 thoughts on “Best Buy Unveils HD DVD (And I Don’t Care)”

  1. From a per pixel standpoint of source material, there’s no question a HiDef DVD player exceeds 480p and upconverted content. However, when set size and viewing distance are factored in not everyone will see a significant improvement in PQ.

  2. Well if you have a 30″ widescreen TV, I’m sure the best SD might almost seem as good as the worst HD from a distance. But I have a 57″ HDTV and the difference is night and day. Even my wife complains when a show isn’t available in HD.

  3. PS3 for Blu-Ray and the HD-DVD add-on for the xbox 360 means I can am covered for both formats for under 800 dollars.

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