I just found out (through research) that you can get a standalone Xbox 360 HD DVD player for under $50 !! lol.
Apparently you can get it working through your pc without the need for a 360 console but you need a good pc with a good video card and of course a HD television, so i'll be beaming my HD dvd to my HD LCD TV via VGA cable like i do with HD gaming . Yes HD DVD is dieing technology but hey $50 is nothing compared to the $200 i'd have to spend on the cheapest basic blu ray player (internal drive) i can find for my pc, not to mention blu ray discs are like $30-$40ea.