Originally Posted by RDHolmes
The 93 and 95 have the current bases pretty well covered. Some of the current shortcomings such as the Netflix and Pandora Widgets are beyond OPPO's control.
Originally Posted by gsr
Better streaming capabilities may or may not actually require a new player. I personally think that Oppo can still add and enhance a fair amount on the current platform. Depending on whether your focus is on streaming partners (Netflix, VUDU, Amazon, Pandora, etc.) or streaming within your home network, a lot of this is out of Oppo's control so releasing a new player really won't change anything. Look at how much difficulty they've had getting Netflix to get an updated app to them - that sort of problem will remain when the next player comes out. A big part of the problem there is that the streaming partners are a lot more interested in working with a manufacturer who sells millions of players than one who sells thousands of players (I don't know the exact relative numbers, but Oppo does a lot less volume than a lot of the big names like LG, Sony, etc.). If you're talking about things like access to network shares on your home network, then it boils down to whether this can be added on the current platform or requires a new platform. But in either case it also involves getting support from the chipset manufacturer.
I'm curious about this. Who writes the apps, Netflix (to focus on one company), or Oppo? I ask, because the Netflix interface on the AppleTV2 is simply outstanding, compared to the Netflix interface in my Sony BR player. Did Apple pair up with Netflix to write a custom app? And in that case, who is responsible for updates, Apple or Netflix? To extend this, why couldn't Oppo do the same? I haven't seen any player with the interface as good as the ATV... did Apple really get special treatment from Netflix, or did Apple write the app (or just take and re-write Netflix's app)? If Apple had a hand in writing their app, I don't see why Oppo couldn't go the same route. If someone actually knows the answer to this, I'd love to hear more about it.