Originally Posted by Ubertrout
Reading these threads, I'm fairly constantly amazed...people seem to really like complaining. It does seem that for US releases (admittedly biased here), the BH200 will play essentially everything. The only disc it won't play is my forlorn Clerks 2 HD-DVD.
BD-Live works great with the latest update (and it's not a useless feature for discs like Tropic Thunder), and every Disney disc I've tried works fine with Actionable Mango's (extremely simple) fix. You can complain and say it should have been fixed within 2 weeks of them hearing about the problem. Good for you, but I'm not aware of any mass market company doing such a turnover - LG seems to have been more responsive to us than its competitors are regarding their products, not less.
Honestly, at this point I'm almost wondering what exactly we're waiting for a fix on? 4:3 isn't going to happen, and most modern TVs can fix that anyway. There will likely continue to be oddball discs that don't play well on what is a second-generation player. I'm not at all in the market for a second blu-ray player, and judging by the people here (rather than repeated comments of frequent malcontents), I'm in the majority.
The biggest problem, for those who experience it, is the audio dropouts. That can really ruin a movie experience. I didn't experience any audio dropouts for about 15 months, then suddenly several titles had audio dropouts. It sucks.
The 4:3 problem might be fixed by most modern TVs, but not all. And if your TV doesn't fix the problem (my Sumsung HDTV does not), then it sucks. This is made all the worse because even much older el-cheapo DVD players can fix 4:3 output, and LG's other players can fix 4:3 output.
My workaround for the Disney/Buena Vista/etc titles is a lucky fluke. I might not have found it at all, and if I wasn't a hi-def forum junkie you guys probably wouldn't know about it. Most BH200 owners will not know about the workaround, so I don't think you're in the majority.
Firmware fixes for title incompatibility should occur more often. I'd like it to be no more than a month, but it should happen at least every 3 months for in-production models and 6 months for out-of-production models. That's just my opinion of course.
YOU have been lucky, but imagine buying a new US retail BD, making the popcorn, sitting down with the family to watch it, and it doesn't work. And it doesn't work for 9 more months... which is how long it's been since the June 09 update. Or it does work, but the audio keeps popping in and out.
The final chapter for me is that the fan failed last year (replaced), and now the main board has also failed with the dreaded "please wait" message that stays up forever.
As I research the threads I find the newer LGs mimic the BH200...they have fantastic features, but are extremely buggy and have more than their fair share of title incompatibilities. I just can't buy another LG to replace the dead BH200. Maybe they should stop releasing 3 new models every year and instead work on reliable products with longer market cycles.
That said, until my hardware failures, I had been relatively happy with the BH200. It's capabilities are awesome. Any region DVD, any region BD, PAL compatible, HD-DVD, BD-Live, decent upscaling, and bitstreams all HD codecs. If they just fixed a couple of things
, hands-down the BH200 would be by far the very best 2nd-gen BD player and arguably still among the best Blu-ray players ever made.