Early adopters who bought one of the first two Toshiba HD DVD players had mixed comments about the official start of packaged media's high-def era, says The Hollywood Reporter. Most gave the players high marks, both for quality and for value, but faulted the format's supporters for having just three movies in stores when the machines arrived April 18.
James Stevenson, a 22-year-old freelance journalist in Lincoln, Neb., said he bought the cheaper of the two Toshiba players "because I wanted to get a head start on the next generation DVDs and give my HD-starved TV more content." While he was dismayed at the meager selection of software, he said the player made his standard DVDs look significantly better. "I'm thrilled with that result", he said.