Toshiba has some company in the HD DVD player hardware world. RCA’s HDV5000, priced at $499 retail, is now shipping.
The HDV5000 supports various MPEG2, MPEG4/AVC and VC1, and plays back DVD/DVD-R/-RW/DVD-RAM discs, as well as MP3 audio files from CD-R/CD-RW discs. Like the Toshiba players, the RCA player allows users to search on-screen menus, make changes to set-up options and access other menu functions while a movie is playing. An Ethernet port “enables upgrading of the player as new features are developed,” says RCA. The device outputs 720p or 1080i via its HDMI 1.1 output, and provides upconversion to those resolutions for standard DVD discs.
While the RCA player has been discussed for some time, Toshiba said last month at its line show that players from as-yet-indiclosed companies will likely debut by January.