Low Demand for HD-DVD Technology
A blurry picture for HD-DVD as launch nears – Yahoo! News: “But so far it appears that those will be the only players on the market, at least for the time being. In the nearly three months since Toshiba announced its players, not a single other consumer electronics manufacturer has chimed in.
Moreover, sources report that only 10,000 Toshiba players are being shipped to retailers initially, a number that indicates low sales expectations. (A Toshiba spokesman would not comment on the figure.) And only one player, the cheaper HD-A1, is on sale (for the full list price of $499.99) at Amazon.com and the Web sites of other big retailers like Best Buy, while the Circuit City Web site is offering neither HD-DVD player.”
Uh, perhaps this might have something to do with the fact that I have no confidence that I’m going to be able to even play HD-DVD movies in HD-DVD on my 43″ plasma that I paid five grand for or my most recent $1,000 plus Dell monitor purchase. Why would people invest money in technology that doesn’t work?
See my post “Hollywood Hates You” for more information.
Unless given rock solid assurance that all HD-DVDs will play on my current monitors I have zero interest in the technology. No assurance is being given by anyone at the moment regarding this and I’d recommend avoiding the technology at all costs until assurance is given. Hopefully these low dismal sales numbers will force Hollywood/Microsoft’s hand on the matter.