Venturer to Release Budget HD DVD Player for the Holidays (UPDATED)

Posted Tue Aug 28, 2007 at 03:23 PM PDT by
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Update: (3:30pm ET, Aug 29) According to a published report, a Venturer rep has stated that its suggested retail price for its SHD7000 HD DVD player will be $199. Full story.

Discount manufacturer Venturer Electronics today announced that it would release its first HD DVD player in time for this year's holiday shopping season.

The Canadian-based company, which is known for value-priced electronics, hasn't yet revealed a list price for the new disc player, but it's expected to be among the lowest priced of all entry-level HD DVD players yet to hit the market.

With Toshiba's HD-A2 retailing at under $250, and the Xbox 360 Add-on at under $179, it's a good bet that the Venturer player might break below the $150 mark.

Details on the new player were still sketchy at press time, but as you might expect at that price, the player does come with some trade-offs. According to a post on the company's web site, specs will include 1080i video output via HDMI and Dolby TrueHD support.

We'll keep you posted as more specs, pricing and a release date for this new player are revealed. Stay tuned!

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