Originally Posted by Rob Tomlin
I'm just not seeing this thread that way.......beta tester or not.
It's perfectly reasonable for the OPPO apologists to defend OPPO's position on region-free BD. It does seem that OPPO's hands are tied. What I don't get, though, is the "you should be glad you are getting anything from OPPO at all" attitude from many of the same posters on the other BDP-83 thread, when they read our disappointment at the loss of a major feature. The reason OPPO is what it is today, is that they as a company didn't have that attitude, and developed customer loyalty based on giving people the absolutely best DVD player there is, along with support to match. I love my 983, and I think its functionality is incredible. By definition, a new player that takes away some of that functionality (and the main reason many of us bought OPPO players), is NOT the best player there is, and it seems that some don't want to hear that. Claiming "it's not OPPO's fault," while true, does nothing to actually solve the problem that many prospective customers will have with the new player.
Again, I would argue that a new BD player that doesn't meet my requirements is essentially no different from OPPO not having a BD player (either way I have to buy one somewhere else), so I don't see why I "should be glad I'm getting any kind of OPPO BD player at all," with the possible exception of a 3rd party company doing in the future what OPPO apparently can't (hardware/software modding an OPPO player). I still have hopes that the modding companies will want to tackle the OPPO.
Believe it or not, most of us writing these comments are not interested in trashing OPPO. What we do want to do, is to get visibility for this issue. If OPPO can't take advantage of region-free BD dollars, there will be companies out there that can. Of course, the product won't be quite as good, but the key feature will be there, and that is what will count. Since OPPO is not as huge as a Panasonic or a Sony, I would bet that there are enough sales that will be lost because of this that OPPO will feel the loss. Hopefully that will spur them to be able to do something about it.
Those of us complaining about the loss of region-free capability are being advised on the other thread to complain to the BDA instead of to OPPO. I don't think that the BDA will be disposed to listen to any complaints. However, when more and more sales dollars go to region-free players and mods, they may listen to that, just as more and more DVD players (including major brand names) are now capable of being made region-free without the trade association intervening. Once manufacturers start to stand up to the BDA, then the BDA might begin to listen, but not likely before.