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Toshiba HD-DVD recorder pulls out the big guns

Toshiba’s HD-A1 HD-DVD player hit U.S.
just a couple of months ago, but the company hasn’t been
sitting idly by since then. In Toshiba’s pipeline for next month is the
RD-A1, the world’s
first set-top HD-DVD recorder
. The RD-A1 will launch in Japan on
July 14 with HD-DVD burning capability and a massive 1 TB of built-in
storage. Reuters says this capacity will enable it to store up to 130
hours of high-definition TV broadcasting and just under four hours of
HD-DVD-quality video.

There are a few catches, though. First, Toshiba says it has no
plans to export the RD-A1 beyond Japanese shores. Then there’s the
price—¥398,000, or a mind-boggling $3,432. According to
Japanese site Impress
(translate here),
the device will take up quite a bit of shelf space, too; its dimensions
are 18″ x 16″ x 6.26″, and it weighs in at a whopping 33 lbs. This behemoth may be confined to Japan for now, but its future siblings
could make it to U.S. shores. Toshiba says it eventually plans to
introduce HD-DVD recorders overseas, although it has no concrete
plans just yet. Thanks to Engadget
for the link.