HD DVD broke through the $200 price barrier last week with a $198, for the Toshiba 2nd generation entry model at Circuit City and Wal-Mart. This week the price drops another 50% for the same Toshiba HD A2 player. The HD A2 plays high definition HD DVD discs as well as playing and upconverting standard definition DVDs to 1080i.

The sale begins at Wal-Mart stores at 8:00 am (Check your local store for stock) and is “while supplies last.”

Need some HD DVD discs to go with your new player? No problem, the HD A2 player is eligible for 5 free HD DVD discs from Toshiba (http://www.tacp.toshiba.com/) Just press the link on the right side for the mail-in rebate form.

Want more discs? Wal-Mart on Friday morning also has three HD DVD titles on sale (The Big Lebowski, Blood Diamond and 12 Monkeys) for $14.96

Need a big screen plasma HDTV too? Wal-Mart is also featuring the Sanyo DP50707 50” plasma for just $998 this Friday (in-store while supplies last). Here are the specifications

TV Technology: Plasma
TV Definition: HDTV
Screen Size: 50″
Brightness: 1000 cdm/2
Contrast: 8000:1
Dimensions with Stand: 49.4″W x 33.3″H x 11.1″D, 102 lbs
HD-Ready: Yes
Widescreen: Yes
Model No.: DP50747
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 115.9
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 11.1 x 49.4 x 33.3
Assembled in Country of Origin: USA and/or Imported
Origin of Components: USA and/or Imported
Wal-Mart No.: 000567819

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