Blu-ray Wes Novack on 03 Aug 2007

3rd Generation HD DVD players arriving in October?

3rd Generation HD DVD players arriving in October?

A recent post over at FormatWarCentral has revealed links to Amazon preorder pages, which contained product information about 3 new Toshiba HD DVD player models. These players were listed as the Toshiba HD-A3, HD-A30 and the HD-A35. Pricing on the new models was listed as $299, $399 and $499 respectively.

These Amazon product pages were taken down shortly after being noticed, probably at the request of Toshiba. Speculation also suggests that the full details on these new models will be announced at the CEDIA Expo this September, which takes place in Denver.

HD DVD logoIt will be interesting to see what if any new features these new 3rd generation HD DVD players bring to the field. On the other hand, these new models could just be due to Toshiba utilizing new manufacturing parts and processes and not so much due to new features.

The size of the players is expected to be a bit smaller, as the 1st and 2nd gen models are significantly larger than most standard DVD players on the market. Personally, my number 1 wanted feature improvement would be for faster startup and disc loading times, as the current generation HD DVD players lag in these areas.

The introduction of these new players will most likely push down the prices of current generation HD DVD standalones, making the jump into HD DVD even more affordable. We’ll be keeping an eye out for any official news on these new models, until then, stay tuned.

2 Responses to “3rd Generation HD DVD players arriving in October?”

  1. on 03 Aug 2007 at 5:19 PM 1.Steven Kippel said …

    The HD-A3 continues the legacy of the A1 and A2 in only outputting 720p or 1080i signals. It should also not have the 5.1 analog outputs. I’m curious about the HD-A35 because it isn’t in the naming genealogy as the HD-XA1 and HD-XA2 – it could be the same as the HD-A30 with 24fps support maybe.

  2. on 06 Aug 2007 at 4:35 PM 2.Toshiba officially announces 3rd Generation HD DVD players » Blu-ray, HD DVD, info at WesleyTech.com said …

    […] A few days ago, we reported on the possibility of 3rd generation HD DVD players coming soon from Toshiba after preorder pages were found on Amazon.com. Well now the rumors have been officially confirmed via a Toshiba America press release that was published today. Here is an excerpt from that release. Building on the success of its first and second generation players, new leading enhancements in select models in the third generation line include an improvement in video performance with 1080p/24 frames per second (24p) support. Movie films are traditionally captured at 24 frames per second and select Toshiba third generation HD DVD players will be able to maintain this frame rate allowing consumers to enjoy movies in their native frame rate. Also added to the line is “CE-Link” (HDMI(TM)-CEC) connectivity which offers the capability to communicate with and control another CE device in a whole new way. For instance, using “CE-Link” with “One Touch Play” consumers will be able to turn on a CEC capable HDTV and a Toshiba HD DVD player, and start playing a movie, with a single touch of a button on the player remote. The three new players are the Toshiba HD-A3 ($299), the HD-A30 ($399) and the HD-A35 ($499). The higher end players will offer features such as 24p support, CE-Link and deep color. All of the new 3G players boast smaller form factors and redesigned looks compared to previous HD DVD standalones. The players will hit the US market in September and October. Share this article: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. […]

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