The Reon can be made so that it actually functions as well as a programmable SO Realta at a fraction of the cost using fixed HD DVD capable resolutions.
If consumers are educated , it could be huge for HD DVD. Its a real reason to upgrade to the higher priced HD XA2 for enthusiasts. But at this stage, most consumers aren't considering $999 purchases and the upconverting chip in a player is a non-issue to J6P.
Blu-ray players may have this option in their next generation, and the HD XA2 is at the $999 price point.
Its still an open issue on how much better the SD DVD will be. It was superb on the HD XA1 and HD A1 and reports are the HD A2 is just as good.
With the PS3 not having SD upconversion, or only a software one (but driven by the Cell ) it could be a serious advantage to HD DVD. The Pioneer and Sony standalone players upconversion capabilities are likely also very good.
More news will probably come out at CES next week.
Remember Blu-ray has the same possibility of including this in a future Blu-ray player, so any HD DVD advantage may be limited to the first half of the year.
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