Wal-Mart Not Carrying $199 HD DVD Player This Christmas

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Wal-Mart's just made a statement claiming that they have no plans to carry the Venturer $199 HD DVD in stores this holiday season. This is probably the first time Wal-Mart's turned down a cheap, Chinese- made solution in preference to name brands like Toshiba, but they do still offer Venturer DVD players on walmart.com. We still believe that the sub-$200 Venturer will be the tipping point that gets HD DVD into many homes this Christmas, as long as they can deploy the stock in time for people to actually find them in stores. [Video Business]

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We still believe that the sub-$200 Venturer will be the tipping point that gets HD DVD into many homes this Christmas

The assumption here is that the reason people are not buying a high definition player is due to the cost of the players. I believe it is more likely the reason people are not buying one is because there are two format and they are waiting for one to be the 'winner'. Yes, $200 is pretty cheap for a high definition player, but it is still a $200 door stop if BR is the winner, right? That seems like a pretty big gamble to me.