HD DVD is dead – time to bag yourself a bargain

OK, so it looks as if the long (and slightly dreary) format war may finally be over – now who's for a cheap HD DVD player? As you may have heard T

OK, so it looks as if the long (and slightly dreary) format war may finally be over – now who's for a cheap HD DVD player?

As you may have heard Tosh has finally decided to end its support for HD DVD, effectively issuing a death-knell for the format. And while early adopters may be crying into their pints, Joe Consumer will breathe a sigh of relief at finally knowing which horse to back.

BUT there is another hidden advantage of the Betamaxing of HD DVD – cheap players. Play.com has just slashed the price of Toshiba's range of players, so the HD-EP30 will set you back a measly 80 quid (previously £250), while the HD-EP35 sees a similar slash to £160 from £360.

There's sure to be a slew of cheap disc hitting the market pronto too. And while this won't see you very far in the long run, if you're looking for a cheap-ass HD solution for your second room, or for your dear old Mum for Mother's Day, now's your chance to cash in on the format's misfortune. Every cloud, eh?