First HD DVD Players Released for Sale
Eager buyers were able to take home brand new boxes containing Toshiba's top-of-the-line HD-XA1. Toshiba says initial shipments (until April 27) of the HD-XA1 will include two complimentary HD DVD movie discs, "Resident Evil" and the Japanese film, "Moonlight Jellyfish".
The HD-XA1 ($799) and the entry-level HD-A1 ($499) are scheduled to be available in the U.S. in mid-April to coincide with the official release of Warner Home Video's first HD DVD movie titles - "Million Dollar Baby", "The Last Samurai", "The Phantom of the Opera" - on April 18.
According to Reuters, Toshiba is hoping to sell 600,000 to 700,000 HD DVD players between now and March 2007.