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Did I hear correctly on the news, Toshiba is delaying release of HD-DVD Recorder?

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Jerome Grate, Jul 13, 2006.

  1. Jerome Grate

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    I heard on the business news this morning (ABC News) that Toshiba was delaying release of their HD-DVD Recorder. The impression I got was this was going to be released here in the states, can anyone elaborate on this. I'll do a web search to get info, but if anyone knows please post.
     
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    I noticed that price, who would buy a product at that price with limited HD material available. Way to high.
     
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    Limited HD Material? Hmmm . . . HBO-HD, including movies and many of HBO's original series, such as The Sopranos and Deadwood. Showtime-HD, including movies and original series. ESPN-HD and ESPN2-HD; NFL Sunday Ticket; MLB, Sporting Events of all kinds; Pay-per-view HD movies; usually premiering the day the Standard DVDs are released;HDNet and HDNet Movies, Universal HD, including the ability to record and archive Battlestar Galactica in HD; CSI (of various kinds), Law and Order (of various incarnations), Smallville, Lost, multiple sitcoms and other primetime shows in HD (currently only available on standard DVD); Discovery-HD; StarzHD.

    I can think of a lot of reasons to get a player like this: even at that high price. For those that can afford it or save up for it, it certainly seems like a worthy investment. And because you record directly to the hard drive, you have the option of dumping your show to HD-DVD minus the commercials.
     
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    In Late 2000 ... Panasonic introduced the first generation of their DVD RAM recorder. The units cost $4000 srp ...

    Oddly enough ... by late 2001 ... I had bought two of these units ... but for substantially less money.

    A $3500 retail is high, but not that out of line. It delivers a heck of a lot more than the $4000 DVD RAM recorder.

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    Good point Mike, for me HBO-HD would be a factor as well as Showtime HD. But not for 3,500 smackers.
     
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    Will this recorder be able to record home movies taken using my Sony HDV (1080i) camcorder? or Sanyo 720p solid state camcorder?
     
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    This recorder is currently only being marketed for Japanese consumers, all of the articles linked say Toshiba currently has no plans to market the RD-A1 outside of Japan, I think it's safe to say we (the U.S. market) might have to wait a year or so before we see a stand alone HD recorder.

    Also of interest; the two articles mention Toshiba's "hopes" as far as market penetration in Japan, however one mentions 10,000, and the ohter 100,000. OK, so one article quotes a sales goal, and the other quotes a production goal. I think even for Japanese consumers, 10,000 is a more realistic number.

     

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