great organization, I thought it was very fair to both sides (objectivity is rare). I especially liked the ending quote by Nickerson. It seems like we all have some waiting on our hands, hopefully the studios oblige us with some quality material to pass the time.
***Warning*** Do not look into laser with remaining eye!!
Sorry to provide a correction in this sea of congratulations, Robert, but your paragraph regarding BD-Live is incorrect:
One piece of hardware clearly missing was a Blu-ray player with full "BD-Live" specification compliance. This spec. is mandatory for all players produced after June 2007, and is the advanced software interactivity layer of Blu-ray. All players released before June 2007 must only be "BD-J" compliant. Additional features of BD-Live -- such as an Ethernet port for downloading content, greater amount of persistent storage (bookmarks and other interactivity), PiP (a proper secondary video) stream -- are all optional on current players with no obligation from a manufacturer to add these features via firmware updates.
BD-Live is not a more advanced form of BD-J. All players have the exact same BD-J support. The difference is whether hardware support is present for networking and local storage (which is primarily intended for storing A/V; all BD players must have persistent storage for bookmarks and such). Also, BD-Live isn't mandatory (ever, as far as I know). Secondary video and 256MB of local storage become mandatory in June; BD-Live will always be an option, though I expect most players will support it.
Beyond this correction I agree the article is quite objectively written.
Blu-ray Insider Speaking solely for myself, not the BDA