Toshiba is planning to release two HD DVD players in Europe by November, priced at 599EUR and 999EUR. This is well above the U.S. price as the HD DVD player Toshiba launched in April is available for as little as $499.
Toshiba leads the HD DVD camp and it introduced its first HD DVD players in the United States in April for as little as $499. The first Blu-ray player from Samsung cost $999.
Samsung said in a separate announcement it would bring its Blu-ray player to Europe in October at around 1,400 euros.
Toshiba's vice president for the European DVD business, Masaki Kimura, told journalists at the IFA electronics show here that 10,000 players would be shipped to Europe from Japan to cater to early demand and subsequent shipments would depend on consumer interest.
Toshiba tries to justify the price difference by stating the European players have more features and are thinner. More info at Reuters.