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Chinese HD DVD Players Coming Q4

30 Aug, 2007 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Venturer Electronics, a Canadian-based distributor of Chinese made consumer electronics, last week announced it will begin shipping $199 HD DVD players in North America in the fourth quarter.

The SHD7000 features 1080i video output, an HDMI connection (to upconvert standard DVD to near HD quality) and Ethernet connectivity, which allows for network access to studios and third parties via the Internet.

Wal-Mart is widely considered to have opened the floodgates to mass consumer appeal of DVD when it began selling $40 Chinese made DVD players the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday) in 2003.

Toshiba currently sells its HD-A2 HD DVD player for $299 after a $100 manufacturer's rebate. When factoring in five free HD DVD titles included in the purchase available through Oct. 31, the actual retail price is lower than the SHD7000.

Recently, Craig Kornblau, president of Universal Studios Home Entertainment and spokesperson for the HD DVD Promotions Group, reportedly said a potential winner in the ongoing format war with Blu-ray Disc could be determined with the advent of a sub-$200 player.

Separately, South Korean electronics manufacturer Daewoo unveiled a Blu-ray Disc player, the DBP-1000 at the IFA confab in Berlin. The device, unlike early edition Blu-ray players, features 1080p resolution and supports network feature BD Live and picture-in-picture (PIP), specifications just recently devloped. Daewoo mentioned no retail price or probably release date.

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