Originally Posted by Richard Adams
The bluray menu system uses a communication language over the internet that requires a valid bluray license from the player to access.
That would imply you cant read the menus without an Internet connection which makes the ability of the earlier generation of non-Internet-enabled Blu-ray players to display the full-menus a big mystery.
From what I remember reading on the Oppo 93 forum, the full menus can only be viewed on a licensed player, regardless of whether the source is an official disk or if the encryption has been removed by ripping the disk to an ISO.
As far as the license status of HiMedia, they are NOT a BDA licensed company so any products they make will not be able to play/display the full menus.
The only reason HiMedia can make a player with a Blu-ray optical drive in it is because it cant play official disks because it cant decrypt them [as they officially state] so they dont need a license for it and them not needing/having a license allows them to do whatever they want for any of their other devices as well.
As far as people waiting for Sigma to come out with their chip so they can buy a Dune, remember that even if Sigma can overcome the technical hurdles in the way of getting that chip to support 3D at all, let alone ISO's, you would still have to buy the Sigma-chip-enabled player from a company like HiMEdia and it STILL wouldnt be able to play the full menus.
This is because any LICENSED company will NOT be allowed to sell a media player that can play 3D or any other kind of ISOs, exactly as what happened to the Oppo 93/95.
If they did, it would jeopardise their BDA license needed for the company's disk-enabled players.
Also, the prices talked about for the Dune line on demo at CES 2012 clearly showed them catering to the higher-end crowd so dont expect their media player to be cheap, even if it DOES play 3D ISO's.
Do what I did and buy a 93 while the ISO-removal firmware is still in beta as Oppo does not install beta firmwares on units they ship so you are guaranteed an ISO-enabled device regardless of where it is purchased.
I tested about 20+ 3D ISO's from an eSATA connected HD and it played everything I threw at it.