I was at the Toshiba HD-DVD event in Markham this past Saturday. (more info here
Although it wasn't a showcase item, they had set up in the lobby this monster - the RD-A1
Although it is primarily an HD DVD player, it boasts a 1 TeraByte HDD
capacity!! I'm not sure if that is one drive, or multiple drives.
The tuner is the Japanese standard - ISDB-T, so it won't work for OTA in North America, which uses ATSC. However, Manny, the Toshiba rep I talked to said it is possible
we might see something like this in N.A. in the future. When I pressed him on a time line, he shrugged and said he didn't really know but maybe in about 4 years...???
BTW, it cost them $4000 to ship it here !!
As of July 2007, the MSRP in Japan is 398,000 Yen, which is ~ $ 3400.00 Cdn!! .....Uhmm, soon it will be time to raid my kid's piggy-banks....