Well, a high-density DVD target deadline has finally been met, and the Toshiba HD-A1 went on sale for $499 this week in the U.S. Reports indicate that supplies were slim and sales were brisk, in spite of the fact that there are only three movie titles available for the players.
This news means that we can finally say that blue laser DVD players are real products, and at least some people have been able to buy them. I still think that it’s too early to buy one, however. A number of “digital rights management” — which means copy protection — issues have not been settled yet, and I will be amazed if there aren’t some significant upgrades required over the next year or two. Unless you just have to have HD movies now — and you’re certain that your display and the player will be able to combine to show them in HD — then I think you’ll be better off to wait for the market to settle a bit, and competition can help drive down these astronomical prices.