That’s it for camcorders. You really want to know what’s new in HD DVD and Blue-Ray? Not much, as least as far as US products are concerned. Toshiba showed a combination of digital satellite tuner/HDD recorder and HD DVD recorder which is available now in Japan for about $3,500 US. I happened to see one for 368,000 yen in the Akihabara district later in the day.
In the Blue-Ray camp, every maker who plans to offer a Blue-Ray player in the US this fall showed a Blue-Ray recorder combo with a hard disc drive and digital satellite receiver. These were Japan-only products, and with the US cable and satellite provider situation, I don’t expect to see anything like this at home.