With the help of Wal-Mart, Toshiba just may have put the HD-DVD camp on the road to victory with unbelievably low prices on stand alone HD-DVD players
Over this past weekend about 90,000 HD-DVD players (Toshiba HD-A2) were sold for $99 by Wal-Mart, BestBuy, and Circuit City just to name a few. That figure doesn't include the companies like Amazon.com that didn't participate in the price drop. Wal-Mart alone sold anywhere from 40,000 to 60,000 players.
It would be a safe assumption that the radical price drop on the HD-A2 spurred price wars on other HD-DVD models as the HD-A3, the successor to HD-A2, as it was selling for a mere $199. It also stocked out in numerous stores after the HD-A2 stock was completely depleted.
All in all, I would say Toshiba and the HD-DVD camp put well over 100,000 HD-DVD players in homes across the US. Just the sales on the HD-A2 player alone this past weekend are almost equivalent to total sales of Sony's top Blu-Ray player, the Sony BDP-S300.