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Old 12-03-2007   #69
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Default Re: HD DVD Players Sold Out Nationwide This Weekend - Blu-ray In Trouble?

Originally Posted by DaViD Boulet View Post

quick question on the Meridian HD DVD player. I just emailed Bob Stuart of Meridian asking about their support of HD DVD and if they had plans to release a combo or BD player as well. He wrote back and said that at this time they've not announced a product for *either* format:

"Thank you for taking the time to write to me. I am not sure where you read this, but Meridian has not yet made any announcements about for which, if any, formats it will build players. Certainly the battle still rages!"

What exactly is the source that's indicated that they are releasing an HD DVD player? The above comment was from Bob Stuart himself in an email to me this morning.

That would be the source, Meridian themselves.

They state there that no information about a player(s) will be announced until they have a handle on it. I've been told to expect the possibility of a prototype at CES in 2008, but it may get pushed to CEDIA 2008.

Bob is very close to the vest on this because he has helped both HD DVD and BD with some technical issues. He wasn't too happy with the HD DVD Promotional Group in the first place for leaking his player in a press release. He hates products being announced before they're ready or meet his standards. So he released the press release from Meridian saying they've joined the HD Promotional Group, but they also slipped in "working with MS on high end players," which does just enough to say that the HDPRG weren't lying, but then adds on at the end "we're not ready to say anything."

I have more on this, but they hate information being spread before they're ready to talk about it. Just know that they are working on a high end player that would make Meridian fans proud.
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