Toshiba release HD-DVD player to UK market
I haven't been doing many stories on High Definition as yet, mainly because I've been holding back for a series of features about the whole market. However things are starting to hot up in the UK so I'm going to start dropping in the odd news story here and there and hopefully illicit the help of HD owners out there to provide you with some interesting reviews and information.
Today I've just read that Toshiba's first HD-DVD player is available in the UK and has been officially released to market.
The news from It Week first had me thinking they meant a PC drive, but actually it's a stand alone player. Now there's nothing really exciting until I read the following statement:
The HD-E1 incorporates picture-in-picture video commentary, in-movie menus and an internet connection for the potential to access additional features.
Picture in picture video commentary, how superb is that? I hadn't picked up on that announced feature of the new DVD content. That will be something very cool, although at the same time it does just gove more potential for wasted eye-time as well as ear-time. Some commentaries are as dull as dishwater already, and can be filled with silence, can you imagine watching these people as they watch their own video saying nothing or at least nothing interesting?
The player is over at Play.com for a mere £499.99 - that's really £500 pounds cleverly disguised! - and is due for release on the 15th of January.
It offers the latest sound processing as well as Ethernet and HDMI connections and standard DVD upscaling up to 1080i. Upscaling is where the player transforms the limited output of a standard DVD to the high resolution capabilities of an HD signal, and the results are supposed to be amazing.
Be aware though that an upgraded version is also being released in late January and it will drop in at almost £700.
Crazy money. Would you pay this for HD right now? Saying that, my first DVD player (which I still use as my main player today) was a mere £799!