Friday, August 17, 2007

LG cuts price of Hi-Def combo DVD player

With the arrival of Samsung's $1,049 dual-format player on the horizon for this fall, LG has lowered the price of its existing BH100 HD DVD/Blu-ray player by $200.

The first dual-format player to hit stores shelves, LG's BH100 has remained at its original retail price of $1,199 since its introduction earlier this year.

Of course, even at its new reduced price of $999, the LG player remains good deal more expensive than buying two separate stand-alone players (Toshiba's HD-A2 and Sony's BDP-S300 retail at a combined cost of $898), but it's a step in the right direction.

This latest pricecut from LG comes just months before Samsung's planned BDP-UP5000 is scheduled to hit store shelves. That deck was previously announced with a retail price $1,049. Unlike the LG player, the Samsung is slated to include full support of both BD-Java and HDi, as well as web-enabled features on both formats.

No word yet from Samsung on any price drops for its upcoming BDP-UP5000, but don't be surprised if it hit the market at something below its originally announced MSRP. Stay tuned... (info from High-Def Digest)

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