Toshiba’s HD DVD players finally have some company: RCA announced Friday that it started shipping its HDV5000, with a suggested retail price of $499. The HDV5000 doesn’t seem to offer much more than Toshiba’s similarly priced HD-A1, aside from S/PDIF output and MPEG-4 playback. One hopes it takes
a little less time than Toshiba’s players
to get started once your disc’s in the tray.