I plan to purchase the next Oppo player. if it could take just one external input source (probably 1080i) and scale it to 1080p, it would be worth another $200 to me, easily. Seems like a rather simple add-on.
I don't mean to harp on DVDO, but I do not understand the economics of their low-end scaler pricing. How expensive are the chips in their VP30 series? If Oppo can sell them in a DVD player for $300, does the DVDO model really have to cost $2,000? Couldn't there be a reduced-strength version for $500? Yes, I understand economics, both that it is more expensive to build small-volume model and that one charges whatever the market allows---but this seems a rather stark pricing model. $400 is in range for most low-end home theaters. $2,000 is not.
Q: does DVDO make the scaler/deinterlacer chip? I guess if it does, than it would not allow Oppo to add an input source.
is there a clear target release date? I only saw "couple o' months."