I was really expecting Funai to show an affordable ($299 maybe?) BD player with an estimated ship date. Instead they've delivered what appears to be a hand made plastic box with a light strip powerd by a PC power supply. This is as useless as the original Venturer "box" that we've been looking at for the last couple of months.
Are they just deploying a decoy and plan to unleash an actual player with prices and ship dates at Cedia or something? Totally serious, I really expected them to have something much farther along.
On the other hand, if Funai is a no-show with an affordable entry level BD player this year, that certainly is something that would have weighed on Paramount's decision to go full bore with HD DVD. I'm quite certain that Paramount was fully aware of both camps' street prices for the holidays before making their final decision. Its starting to look like BD is going to fight HD DVD at roughly double the cost this winter.