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Toshiba Bows HD DVD Players in Europe

1 Sep, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Toshiba Friday said it will bow two second-generation HD DVD players in Europe by early November, priced between 599 and 999 euros. That's significantly higher than the first-generation players sell for in the United States, where they were introduced in April. In the United States, one player lists for $499, while the other is $799.

Masaki Kimura, Toshiba's VP for Europe, told journalists at the IFA electronics show in Berlin that 10,000 players would be shipped to Europe from Japan, the same number that's been bantered about — but never confirmed — as the initial U.S. shipment.

Subsequent player shipments to Europe would depend on how well the initial shipment sells.

Toshiba said the players that are coming to Europe are more expensive because they have more features and are thinner.

In a separate announcement, Samsung said it plans on bringing its Blu-ray Disc player to Europe in October, priced around 1,400 euros. In the United States the Samsung player lists for $999.

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