After flat-out denying that they were going to carry the $199 Venturer HD DVD player this holiday season, Wal-Mart's turned around and carried the $199 Venturer HD DVD player this holiday season. But if you take more than a cursory look at this sub-$200 player, you'll find that the cheap Chinese knockoff isn't actually a better deal than a name-brand third-gen Toshiba HD-A3. Toshiba's is actually $196 on Amazon, and comes with a bunch of free movies as well. [Wal-Mart via Electronista]
No. Which makes absolutely NO dfference. 1080p is just a clever sales gimmick. 1080i output fed to a 1080p capable display gets de-interlaced within the display itself. I have yet to find a 1080i player hooked to a 1080p display that didnt look identical to the same configuration with a 1080p signal.
I give it 3 minutes until the 1st post from an idiot who has absolutely NO IDEA what he/she is talking about, screaming "you MUST have 1080p!!".