Early adaptors of Toshiba's HD DVD players say they like what they see. The players are given high marks for both their quality and value. The only problem is that there were only 3 movies in store when the machines arrived in stores on April 18.
James Stevenson, a 22-year-old freelance journalist in Lincoln, Neb, said he bought the cheaper of the two Toshiba players — Toshiba’s website prices them at $799.9 and $499.9 — “because I wanted to get a head-start on the next-generation DVDs and give my HD-starved TV more content.”
While Stevenson was dismayed at the meagre selection of software, he said the player made his standard DVDs look significantly better. “I’m thrilled with that result,” he said. Lars Peterson, 29, of Cape Girardeau, Mo, agrees. He bought two of the three launch titles, “Serenity” and “The Last Samurai,” and found the picture quality “breathtaking.”