Originally Posted by JoeKustra
What's your budget? It always come down to money and/or time. I would love to build a custom HTPC, but the time to research and integrate everything would be far beyond what I want to spend. The end result would be worth it, but not now. Maybe when 4kx2k comes out. I have BDLive disabled also. I never saw a use for it. Some people never watch TV. Some people never listen to the radio. Each to their own.
Here is a little bit of background on me, so you know my skill level.
I got my A+ certification in computer repair about 4 to 5 years ago. Now I have an A.S. in Television broadcast production. Putting the side the fact I don't have a steady Job currently, and all I have to live off off currently is my disability income for being legally blind I have a very technical background, both in computers, and in video. I've spent as much as $250 on my panasonic players, and $198, on this sony player. I had purchased the $78 magnavox player from walmart, about a year ago, but gave that one to my mom, for an upgrade to bd, without the stuff she would never use. The thing with me and a budget is, I can afford things in spurts, but not a huge payment up front. To give you a computer skill level, I'm not a fan of windows as a primary os, I use macs for my primary platform because of being a video professional, and the mac os being the most accessible for people with visual impairments. In addition to that, I am currently using virtual machine software to install and learn linux, and FreeBSD, both of which are not something average consumer would use. Freebsd, requires a lot of manual configuration and a learning curve, (as any unix OS) would. For the production side of things, I have my final student project, as the only work I can show currently. Beyond that, The only experience I have, working in the industry is what I got through the student program, working at the school PBS station.
Anyway, after all this, I hope you can better understand why dealing with consumer level products (alone, can irritate me.) items like DVD players i'm ok with. Items like blu-ray players I'd like more options to choose from then your average consumer pre bundled models, sold at your typical walmart, best buy, or other bigbox store.