Originally Posted by slowbiscuit
If it costs less than $50 to add, no problem. But I have a feeling it's more than that. The Q is going to be expensive enough as it is without a BD, so any incremental cost will put it out of the reach of more people. Look, this is a niche market - do you want a $1000 'whole home media center' that most people will just think of as a DVR that happens to have BD?
Yes you do, because Tivo has already shown you can't beat the Cable/Sat DVRs with just a DVR. The Q needs to set itself apart to be successful. People don't pay enough attention to know/care/learn how much better a DVR the Q will be vs that box they get from their cable co, so it needs stuff to set it apart so people will see the value of the expensive (up front) box.
Stuff like integrated BD playback, multi-room support, "sling" like remote clients, etc, are the sorts of features that people looking beyond a cable DVR are going to be looking for.
Playing rips off of a network server (or locally) is WAY more important than adding what could be a dubious amount of cost for a BD. And playing rips costs next to nothing, the chips probably already handle it.
The other thing to consider is including BD playback (real, from-disc) gives them a completely legitimate reason to include DTS-HD/TrueHD decoding, BD-J, etc, all the stuff for complete BD support, so (if they have a "custom" BD solution) the potential exists to have full support for ripped BDs.
There's no way they'd get the BD licenses necessary for that without including "real" BD support, just look at the media players that only play back the main movie.