I just wanted to add my thoughts with regards to the perception of importance for including HBR codecs, now I may be misunderstanding a fair bit so feel free to correct me.. but please in a friendly manner
As a european I have been very interested in the progression of DTS-HDMA/TrueHD, and was looking to invest in a product that supported this.
However, as a cynical european it is with concern the progression has consolidated on Blueray, primarily because it seems to me (and probably others) that the specification and manufacturing process is controlled by one company, that company Sony.
This has also been compounded by several different technical changes that can quickly make a product obsolete.
It is bad enough that HDMI standards have made certain products requiring replacement already, however it really annoys me that Sony are tinkering with the specification now of Blueray (specifically the profiles).
So there are many Blueray players over here with a minimum cost of £350 that do not support current profiles, add to this the costs of Blueray disks in europe.
Another crucial fact over here is that multi-region dvd players are a large consideration for households, this is not currently possible on Blueray players and with no timescale when or if it will be offered.
We do realise that films are available as any region, but like other consumers here feel this will change and become region locked as it already is with some studios/films.
So I am really after a technology that is not controlled by a manufacturer (more of an open standard) and not controllable by film studios.
Sadly I feel Blueray fails on both counts.
And this may show in how many actual Blueray players are sold these days; the trend seems to be the purchasing of DVD players that provide quality upscaling with HDMI (and easily made multi-region) rather than Blueray players.
I appreciate it is still early days but the question is will HBR codecs get the mass market opportunity over Blueray, or will Blueray grow so slowly that eventually another technology will replace it before becoming truly mainstream?
This may also explain the reluctance of the high-end developers of supporting HBR and being rather late to market.
So me, I would prefer a product that is cheaper by excluding the headaches outlined above.