Wal-mart To Sell Cheap Fuh Yuan Made HD DVD Players

Posted: Apr 20 2007, 8:34am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 1:35am CDT , in Home Entertainment


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Wal-mart to sell cheap Fuh Yuan made HD DVD Players

Potentially big news is rolling in from China that could make an impact on the ongoing high definition disc format war between HD DVD and Blu-ray.

Update 04/27/07:
Wal-mart spokes person officially denies this rumor. See PC Mag for more details. Fuh Yuan also officially denies the deal now.

Wal-mart has supposedly ordered 2 million HD DVD player from Taiwanese OEM Fuh Yuan. These players are supposed to be priced under $300.

AVSForum has a heated discussion on this news since a couple of days. The information is still sketchy on the whole story. TDK is supposed to be involved as well. TDK has been active though in the Blu-ray camp. One comment in the discussion says even maybe we the news is just about upconverting DVD players with HDMI. This story could just vaporize as I write it.
I stumbled over the story on AkihabaraNews, who revised their story that the players would be Blu-ray, which is I think wrong. Here is another Chinese source for the same story that says HD DVD clearly.

2 million units is a boat load and if Wal-mart would succeed in selling them it would mean for the Blu-ray camp to counter with a similar deal.

At some point it will have to happen that the low-cost DVD player makers get into the HD business. The question is when.

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