Originally Posted by amirm
I don't know how they are going to do that. The logo is owned by DVD Forum and its use is governed by them.
Perhaps they'll use the HD DVD ROM logo which is used on burners? That wouldn't require them to support all the player stuff, just to have a drive capable of reading HD DVD ROM discs. Regardless, not good news for studios in terms of HD DVD minimum platform compatibility.
Well, everything the content owners create is being tested on the largest volume player: Toshiba and Xbox 360. So your point is not valid in practice, even if it were in theory (which it is not).
Oh, so buyers of other players get no comfort that content is tested there? That doesn't sound good. And where is my previous point not valid? LG has clearly confirmed no plans, now or in the future, for HDi support on this player.
You tell me. The box is retailing for $1,200. There are superb HD DVD players listing for $500 with more functionality and by the time this box comes out, it will also face stiff competition from new $599 A20 with 1080p support and such. Given all of this, you think the volume of installed base is made up of this Universal player or other brands?
Clearly there is a clamor for a universal player, and none others seem to be on the horizon, let alone available within two months.
I think the answer is obvious. The people who buy this player are BD customers who are used to paying >$1,000 for a player and are worried about the format war so they opt for the LG to give them some comfort that it can play HD DVD, should BD falter somehow.
Or, more likely, HD DVD customers looking to gracefully exit the format in favor of Blu-ray, so they want a player which will at least minimally preserve their existing investment in HD DVD titles.
Except that they can't because they are liable to get grief if they advertise features for a disc, that does not play on some players with no way for the user to know in advance, before purchasing said discs.
Come on, Amir, you know this is ridiculous. A consumer will know if they have a player that supports networking (because they would have to have configured that networking). To suggest people will be upset because they buy content advertising "networked bonus content" and can't use it because they don't have a network capable player is far-fetched at best.
What's more, this stuff is not easy. You can try to copy us be you also have to put in the engineering and software/service expertise behind which we both know is hard.
Oh, yes, the combined strength of the Blu-ray community is clearly incapable of building the required content and infrastructure to support networked content. Ignoring every other BD company
, Sony alone has obviously built out significant content and network infrastructure for supporting networked gameplay and commerce on the PS3. How is building far more constrained bonus content for BD titles a harder task than what Sony alone has done for the PS3?
Sometimes I wonder though as you downplay the stuff you can't do in BD.
I have never downplayed interactivity - I have consistently defended it as being of clear consumer value, in spite of many here who just want to "watch the damn movie". The only thing I have downplayed is the suggestion that PiP is the end-all and be-all of interactivity.
You mean like what happened to BD?
Come on now. They are going from 15 to 17 gigabytes per layer. That is not a big change. But if you know more about optical engineering than I, feel free to expand on what sort of grief you think they are going to get, which Toshiba engineers don't know about.
A Toshiba engineer was previously quoted as saying there is no way that (45GB) TL would work on legacy drives. Are you now committing here that TL51 will work on all HD DVD drives? If not, how do you foresee TL51 impacting the format war? Will studios support it if it means incompatibility with legacy HD DVD players?