Blu-ray VHS combo

By Chris Scott Barr

If you haven’t hopped on the Blu-ray bandwagon, it’s becoming easier and easier. Heck, the last two Blu-ray movies I bought also came with a DVD copy as well. Blu-ray players themselves have long since broken the sub-$200 barrier, and now you can even get yourself one that plays your old-school VHS taps on the cheap.

Up for grabs over on Amazon Is a Panasonic DMP-BD70V which plays Blu-ray and VHS for $140. If you’ve got the cash and are thinking about upgrading to the new format, then this sounds like a solid buy. Barring the formats that died before they ever took off (Betamax, Laserdisc, HD-DVD) it’ll play pretty much any video you’ve purchased since the 70’s. There’s even an SD card slot, USB port and internet functionality to stream video from YouTube and Amazon VOD. The price was supposedly only good through yesterday, but it seems to be sticking around. I’d jump on this soon though.

[ Amazon ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]


  1. Yea, but what are the taxes and shipping cost. Internet companies like Amazon have the nerve to estimate tax when they should just keep their nose out of it. And while this may be a good price most of what you see over there is overpriced.

    I remember trying to get those hamster things at Christmas and Amazon was charging $48 for them. About $10 more than getting them on Ebay (another gyp site). Don't even get me started on what's wrong with Ebay.

  2. What's LaserDisc doing in there? I wouldn't call being the videophile format of choice for well over 20 years (spending three of those years alongside DVD) with players being manufactured for another ten years after that “dying before it took off.”