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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]