Tears? Considering we're talking about opinions, that's a rather condescending and derisive tone to be wielding at those that disagree with you...or just happen to be in different circumstances than you. Particularly when you're jumping into a discussion that's been going on for weeks. Especially when you're balking at a BH200 for $240. Of course BD-Live doesn't matter to you. You haven't even purchased a BH200 yet. You have seven additional hi-def players, with at least one that's BD-Live capable. Not all of us have seven or eight hi-def players. Some of us already bought a BH200. Months ago. Even a year ago. For far more than $240. Consider, just for a second, that others aren't in the same situation as you, and you might understand why there's a variety of opinions.
BTW, LG hasn't released a firmware update for the BH200 in over six months. Guess that means LG has failed you too...
Originally Posted by dclarke
The only thing LG is responsible for IMO is to provide usable firmware.
Anyway, my purchase was made soon after Toshiba dropped HD DVD support. I bought a BH200 with emphasis on getting a single player to play all content on all formats (HD DVD titles which we already owned, and BD titles). The BH200 is an excellent player and has the necessary components for BD-Live (it was even touted by LG as being BD-Live capable). Short a firmware update though, the BH200 not capable of playing BD-Live content. LG has announced a BD-Live update isn't coming. That means I'd be forced to get yet another player for BD-Live content...which totally defeats the purpose of one player to play them all. Consequently I'm frustrated with LG's decision (though there's a glimmer of hope...see below).
At the same time, I understand it's not a big deal for you. And that's fine. Not only because differing opinions are fine, but because it's what makes sense for your situation. If I was in the same boat, I probably wouldn't care about BD-Live support in the BH200. Point is, it's rather presumptuous to think we're all in the same boat.
As for BD-Live itself, here's an excerpt from a previous post of mine:
Originally Posted by oilblue
Additionally, individuals stating that they have no use for BD-Live are somewhat short sighted. Increasing numbers of BD titles include BD-Live content, and over time, those features will evolve. We're all going to have our own interests of course. Point is, the BD-Live capability means that studios can start adding all sorts of extras. No one will like all of that content..but there's bound to be something of interest for every movie fan. As mentioned above, studios want to highlight the advantages of BD over DVD. BD-Live is likely to see quite an emphasis going forward.
There's a chance LG has reconsidered and is working on a BH200 BD-Live update to be released in a couple months (samsungmaster has posted about a big update in a couple months or so...). Time will tell of course, but with samsungmaster's hints, I'd be all over a BH200 @ $240. Unfortunately, no opportunity for that around here though. Must be nice to look down your nose @ $240 for a BH200.