one more question is if I get the disc now, will there be an updated version anytime soon in the next six months to a year?
That is a great question! The last disc was four years ago and only one version. There are no plans to make any changes to this disc, which includes bug fixing. There are some things on the disc that we would love to change, but we are going to live with them. Stuff we learned about usage after it was close to being done that sounded great on paper but did not turn out that way. :-) As mentioned by gadgtfreek, our next project will most likely be 4k. No ETA on that. Once we get our REDRAY player, we will start playing around with it. We have started some 4k work already. We can generate most of our patterns in 4k, but it is all 8-bit 4:2:0. We need to build native 10-bit and 4:2:2 patterns, which his a big undertaking.
how long before it shows at other dealers (in the US)? and is the price going to be $30 everywhere or is it dealer specific?
That is up to dealers. An interested dealer must first place an order with the distributor and then once done, inventory will be shipped to them. $29.97 is MSRP. The first disc was almost never discounted as we tried to price the disc at a fair price for what you get. Others have set a higher MSRP and then it is sold for what appears like a big discount. Disney 3D discs are all priced at $50 each, which seems like a lot.
While we don't advertise it, you get both a Blu-ray and DVD. The DVD we consider a bonus DVD as it is just a small subset of content from the Blu-ray. Mostly for people to evaluate the quality of a Blu-ray players ability to deal with SD content. We found some Blu-ray players treated SD content on a Blu-ray different when that same content was on a DVD. Since reviewers and manufacturers are part of the customer base, we wanted something for them to drive quality up. Sometimes it takes a loud customer base to influence CE manufacturers to do the right thing. The chroma bug was a great example. We tried to get it fixed long before we published our article in 2001. In the end, it took customers demanding money back to get any traction on the subject.