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HP announces its first HD-DVD drive for the PC

Written by Dave Horvath @ 27 Nov 2006 6:56 User comments (12)

HP announces its first HD-DVD drive for the PC In a release geared more towards providing consumers with a fancy computer peripheral rather than a home entertainment showpiece, HP has come out with their external HD-DVD drive. Repackaged under the HP name, the hd100 is a Lite-On manufactured drive capable of reading HD-DVD, DVDR/RW (single and dual layer), CDR/RW and CD-ROM discs. It manages all this from a standard USB 2.0 connection to the PC.
Availability for these drives are scheduled to appear in the UK as early as mid-December and have a retail overhead of some 399. This price not only gets you the drive, but also the Cyberlink playback software needed to view HD-DVD content on your notebook or PC.

HD-DVD pioneers, Toshiba have already been steaming ahead in the next generation digital media war against the competitive Blu-Ray format by unveiling its second generation HD-DVD players, the the HD-XF2 and HD-XA2. Toshiba and its partners in HD-DVD (including the likes of HP, Microsoft, NEC and Intel) have a long road ahead of them if they plan to battle it out with rivals Sony, Apple, Phillips, and Samsung against the Blu-Ray products. HD-DVD, however may have received a welcomed boost in its product by recent support from The American Independent Media Manufacturers Association (AIMMA) which consists of 37 influential media manufacturing companies all standing behind the HD-DVD format.

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12 user comments

127.11.2006 7:30

has anyone been able to play a HD-DVD on XP yet?

227.11.2006 8:08

Originally posted by ZIppyDSM:
has anyone been able to play a HD-DVD on XP yet?
I thought only Vi$ta could play HD-DVDs, although I am probably mistaken.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 27 Nov 2006 @ 8:11

327.11.2006 8:48

Pop_Smith you are not,I was asking if someone got them running but I guess a year or 2 of codec and decryption work would be needed.

427.11.2006 10:46

This is a very good device coming out, but ill wait till it becomes standard so i can pick it up for less that $50 at my wholesaler. Too much for right now. :)

527.11.2006 16:05

If you're buying a new PC in the USA you can have a HD-DVD drive for $99.

HP is offering an HD-DVD drive add-on for $99:

627.11.2006 16:10

wont do you much good unless you have Vister 0_o

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

Check out my crappy creations

727.11.2006 18:53

I don't see anywhere in the site referenced by that link (HP's site) where it says you can get an HD-DVD drive for $100.

827.11.2006 19:16

"The drives should be available in the UK mid-December with recommended retail pricing of 399...." That's a lot more than $100 USD. 399.00 GBP = 773.055 USD United Kingdom Pounds United States Dollars 1 GBP = 1.93748 USD 1 USD = 0.516134 GBP from

928.11.2006 4:29

Xbox 360 HD-DVD addon is 200$, and works on pc too.

1028.11.2006 4:36

arcanix but without codecs and such pretty pointless to play HD DVD moives

114.12.2006 12:17

The 360s HD-DVD player has been reported to work under vista. I can see MS or other companies offering XP support becasue of DRM. Vista is or supposed to be the DRM flagship, and HD-DVD and bluray are designed around DRM. And i agree with arcanix, if you have a 360; the HD-DVD addon is your cheapest bet.And presently (In north America)you get King Kong HD-DVD free with the drive.The play back is amazing.

124.12.2006 12:22

Bigperm88 it works under newer macs XP and vista ,vista being the only one to support movies as of yet. MS still built a hodge podge of a machine but compared to the PS3 $600 its not that bad *L*

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