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BH200 owner, haven't watched a ton of movies so far, but the menus work during playback of HD DVD - thought they aren't as smooth as the A1. The movie plays smooth, it's the overlay that's not as smooth.
I don't have the player hooked up to the Internet, so can't comment on the web stuff. I can tell you that as a former HD DVD only user, A1 and A2 and A3, the BH 200 has blown me away. It has played the BD discs I threw at it flawlessly - and I mean flawlessly, no drop outs, no hiccups, nothing but picture perfect perfection. NatM, Die Hard, Crimson Tide, Casino Royale. I really, really like this player.
I use the SPDIF, so don't know the bitstreaming, will say it sounds spectacular on the DTS recode (I fall into the 1.5 DTS is transparent, spare me the golden ear crap camp), Casino Royale was as energetic and amazing soundtrack as I have ever heard, in any setting. My ears knew it, and when I opened my cabinet afterwards to remove the disc, the heat bloom from my amp confirmed!
Also, turn on and load times seem better than with the A1 and A2, didn't use the A3 much but felt at least equal.
Plus it plays MP-freaking-3s, something the A2 and A3 wouldn't and the A1 barely did competently - and it'll do it from the USB port! FTW!