Originally Posted by oliverjg
they could have come with the extra ports easily at the start but the specs didn't require them.
IMO the situation now is like you gave an architect the requirements to design a house and they did it. but you never told them is was supposed to have an office and a 4 car garage. an office and a bigger garage are not hard things to add to the design at the start or even to take into cosideration to be added later. but, if you have to add them later when there was no pre planning it can create a lot of expensive problems to solve.
You may be right, but the design of the first and second generation Toshibas is radically different; and that simpler design probably resulted in significant cost savings.
It would seem that the new generation Blu-ray players could be similarly redesigned. To use your comparison, they wouldn't be revising an old drawing, but making a new one. That may be easier than trying to fix an old design.
Of course, it might be true that the architecture of the later generation Blu-ray players will be identical to the older ones in every way, except the hardware that needs to be added to conform to specs.
But that solution would be very different from Toshiba's, which was to maintain the same hardware specs (USB, ethernet, and all) but completely redesign and simplify the architecture of the player as a whole.
Of course, if Blu-ray agrees to negotiate with the Chinese to design a simple and inexpensive architecture, the Blu-ray partners could use this same design themselves and save enough money to lower cost on their players.
Perhaps Blu-ray should have contracted with Chinese designers in the first place and avoided the high cost of R&D that will only be compounded by evolving and slowly implemented specs.