Originally Posted by Zvi7799
Out of curiosity, are the rumors about MS and/or DVD forum suing LG or attempting to prevent their dual player from going to production true? That is because of crippled HD DVD support.
No, forum members are not going to sue LG. But DVD Forum owns the HD DVD logo and should someone use it without compliance, it would be that org (well, the logo licensing agency) that would go after them. As far as I know however, LG is not going to use the logo so I don't think any of this matters.
As far s I am concerned second gen Samsung @ 799 does qualify as new product and lower cost product as well, no?
Yes, that one does although I did not see any availability info. Did I miss that?
Format advancements, true I didn't see any advancements to BD format itself, but one of the main complaints from HD DVD camp always was that BD was overkill and no one really needed neither 50gb storage nor 50mbps transfer rates. So, what should BDA be improving?
We showed how shipping machines can download additional content for shipping titles
where the HDi menu dynamically gets updated. We showed that you could share bookmarks for your favorite movies with your friends through network services. We announced titles such as Freedom series by Bandai which will use these features. Yet no such demonstrations where shown by BD companies. Indeed, there were no BD-Live announcements and without it and broad networking support in their players, they can't go there. These are format advancements that I was talking about.
And what were improvements on HD DVD format besides TL disc announcement?
Please see above.
If we compare to BD that particular improvement, then what we have is 1 gb more storage compared to DL BD, at the cost of the extra layer and potentially not backwards compatible?
I never mentioned TL-51 in my post. And have been very frank about it not being an advantage one way or the other right now. HD DVD-30 has plenty of capacity for movies and no one is waiting for TL-51.
I was planing on XA2 this month and now I'm stuck, because most likely if TL HD DVD gets approved this fall my player won't play it, or am I wrong on that assumption?
I would buy XA2 on the basis that it plays all the wonderful HD DVD content with full set of capabilities. Until you see announcements of studios targeting TL-51 and having it not be compatible with your machine, I would not have any worry whatsoever. TL-51 is a technology announcement by Toshiba. And that is all for now.
Cheap players are of course welcome. Especially if they have quality too
As for the Meridian, didn't they announce that they have no plans for making HD DVD player?
That was a mistake. The person was not notified about their plans. They clarified this nicely yesterday, saying they are 100% behind HD DVD now and plan to build reference quality players: http://media.meridian-audio.com/pres...ddvd-ces07.pdf