HD DVD Still Winning Price War vs. Blu-ray: Player & 10 Movies $219

HD-DVD vs. Blu-ray(*Update* The deal mentioned in the title is over, but Amazon has an even better deal: HD DVD player & 7 Movies for $132.)

Today I came across this article by Joel Hruska at Ars Technica in which he links to this Blu-ray deal on Amazon and says the following:

“Samsung is hoping to tilt the scales in favor of Blu-ray; as of right now, Samsung’s BD-P1400 Blu-ray player is selling for $279 on Amazon, down from a $499 MSRP. That’s not so much a discount as it is a steal, and it drops the BD-P1400 squarely within the price range for an HD DVD box.”

I couldn’t help but respond with all of Amazon’s concurrent HD DVD deals, which happen to be much better than the above mentioned “steal.”

Here is the Toshiba HD-A3 720p/1080i HD DVD player for $132 with 7 free movies (the Blu-ray deal above only comes with 5). Though, to be fair, the comparable HD DVD model with the same picture quality as the Blu-ray player mentioned is the Toshiba HD-A30 1080p HD DVD player, which is only $171. It also comes with 7 free movies.

And as icing on the cake, here is the current buy one get one free promotion at Amazon for HD DVD movies. Many of the movies are already discounted heavily (starting at around $20). So that means you can effectively get dozens of HD DVDs for $10 a piece. Of course, as always, all these deals (including the Blu-ray one) are subject to change. But it’s interesting, nonetheless, to gauge where each technology stands in terms of best deals on Amazon.

In short, comparing HD DVD to Blu-ray via Amazon’s current best deals for each has HD DVD players coming in $40-$60 cheaper. And they come with twice the movies plus have other movies available for as little as $10. Which would you buy?

See our previous coverage of HD DVD vs. Blu-ray here, here, and here.

*Update* Blu-ray Gets Warner Bros. Movies Exclusively, HD DVD Left Relying on Low Price