Toshiba Cuts HD DVD Player Sales Estimates after Unsuccessful Promo Campaign.
Toshiba Aims to Sell One Million HD DVD Players in the U.S. This Year
by Anton Shilov
[ 06/13/2007 | 07:32 AM ]
Following a rather pale HD DVD marketing campaign that kicked off in May, 2007, Toshiba Corp. substantially cut sales estimates of its high definition video players in the
USA for the year. It is unclear whether the reduction of sales expectations were conditioned by the success of competing Blu-ray standard or emergence of third-party HD DVD players, but in any case the news is not good for HD DVD overall.
The HD DVD marketing campaign started on the 20th of May, 2007, and is going to last through 16th of June. During the campaign end-users can acquire Toshiba HD-A2 player for $299 instead of $399 and get five HD DVD titles for free, which is a rather interesting offering
Unfortunately for Toshiba, as of 11th of June, consumers have purchased only 150 thousand of dedicated HD DVD players available on the market, which is 60% of all high-definition (Blu-ray and HD DVD combined) players sold presumably starting from 20th of May. Toshiba does have reasons to celebrate though: the HD-A2 model has also reached the top-seller mark among all DVD players on Amazon.com, and is officially the best-selling next-gen DVD player model to date. Nonetheless, the company also announced reduction of HD DVD players’ sales estimates in the USA this year claiming “slow” sales.
“Sales in the U.S. have been slower than expected, and we are going to have to lower our U.S. sales forecast,” said Yoshihide Fujii, head of Toshiba’s digital consumer business, reports Reuters news-agency.
The electronics giant now expects to sell 1 million next-generation optical disc players in North America by the end of calendar 2007, down 44% from its previous estimate of 1.8 million unit sales. As a result, the company will have to lower global HD DVD player sales estimates as well. It was expected that Toshiba will sell 3 million HD DVD players and recorders worldwide by the end of the business year to March 2008.
Blu-ray disc fiercely competes with HD DVD format to replace conventional DVD in future. While Blu-ray offers larger storage space for content, HD DVD drives and discs are easier and cheaper to produce. Due to widespread confusion among customers which format to choose, different manufacturers offer different kinds of solutions: LG and Samsung offer hybrid BD/HD DVD players and optical drives, whereas companies like Sony and Toshiba offer more affordable Blu-ray-only and HD DVD-only players.