RCA HDV5000 HD DVD Player Ships May 18

RCA will be the second company to ship an HD DVD player, its HDV5000 to hit the streets on May 18 according to Wal-Mart's website. This follows Toshiba's HD DVD launch last weekend in the United States, its $499 HD-A1 player becoming available at Best Buy stores.

These players don't look much like the RCA HDV5000 we saw at CES, and look a lot like the Toshiba HD-A1. They're priced like them too, where Wal-Mart will reportedly charge $498 and Amazon $500. If you ask us, the design of this box looks like one of those fake VCRs you see in model homes. Yuck.

RCA HD DVD player due 18 May [Reg Hardware UK]