Both next-gen disc formats promise to figure prominently as retailers officially kick off the holiday shopping season with a series of post-Thanksgiving sales this Friday.
Though we won't know til Friday whether these are the best deals to be had, several national chains have already unveiled plans to offer Blu-ray and HD DVD players at discounted prices.
Here's what we've been able to verify thus far. Watch this space for more next-gen player deals as they're revealed. Found one we haven't listed? Send it to us via our Tips and Submissions form (Black Friday deals only, please).
(Note that although we've provided links to product information from the retailer when available, most of the deals listed below are for in-store purchase only. Prices do not include manufacturer rebates; bundled in-box and mail-in discs also not listed.)
- Samsung BD-P1400 - $377 at Circuit City (Thurs-Sat
includes 3 free Blu-ray movies
- Sony 40GB PS3 - $399 at Best Buy (Fri-Sat)
includes 'Open Season' Blu-ray and NBA '08 PS3 Game
- Sony 40GB PS3 - $399 at Circuit City
includes free wireless controller
- Sony 80GB PS3 - $499 at Wal-Mart (Sat-Sun)
"secret sale" includes 10 free Blu-ray movies
- Samsung BD-P1400 - $399 at Best Buy (Fri-Sat)
includes 2 Blu-ray movies (from 10 pre-selected titles)
- Sony BDP-S300 - $399 at Best Buy (Online Thurs; in-store Fri-Sat)
includes 'Spider-Man 3' Blu-ray AND $100 Best Buy gift card
- Sony BDP-S300 - $399 at Circuit City
includes $25 gift card
HD DVD Players
- Toshiba HD-A3 HD DVD Player - $169 at Sears (Fri only)
- Toshiba HD-A3 HD DVD Player - $179.99 at Costco (now-Sun)
- Toshiba HD-A3 HD DVD Player - $199.99 at Best Buy (Fri-Sat)
- Toshiba HD-A3 HD DVD Player - $99 at Bernies [Mass, Conn, R.I.] (Fri, 8am-Noon)
- Toshiba HD-A3 HD DVD Player - $149 at HH Gregg [Southeast] (Fri-Sat)