Cheap HD DVD player coming--format war rages on
Venturer Electronics has announced the SHD7000 HD DVD player, which should be released before the 2007 holiday season and be the cheapest HD DVD player to date.
The format war is far from over, but HD DVD is on a roll--at least as far as PR is concerned. Last week the announced it will release a budget HD DVD player--the SHD7000--by the 2007 holiday season. There have been several reports indicating that cheaper, off-brand HD DVD players were on their way, but Venturer is the first company to make a formal announcement.was both Paramount and DreamWorks becoming HD DVD-exclusive studios, and now Venturer Electronics has
Details are a little slim at the moment, but here's what we know. The SHD7000 has an HDMI port capable of outputting video at 1080i. That's comparable to
The press release doesn't mention a price yet, but VideoBusiness is reporting a $199 MSRP. On the other hand, poster Robert Spalding over at AVS Forum claims to have received an e-mail indicating the street price will be closer to $150. We certainly can't vouch for that street price--it remains firmly in the rumor mill for now--but a $150 HD DVD player could have a big effect on the format war, especially with the cheapest Blu-ray players still around the $500 mark. We've contacted Venturer for more information on the pricing of the SHD7000 and will update this post accordingly.