Originally Posted by rlindo
Gotta love the difference between BR and HD-DVD forums of this same topic:
HD-DVD forum thread: the response is basically positive and people think this is (correctly) a good idea since if this came out it'd make deciding whihc formwat to "support" easy as you'd have access to everything out there.
Here people see it as a negative like heaven forbid a company feels releasing a universal player is better for the end consumer.
WOW....some BR supporters truly are insecure.
You think there are enough responses to make that generalization?
I am a Blu-ray supporter, and I would have absolutely no reservations about considering such a player.
Actually, I think people may be looking at it wrong. I think LG may have decided they can't compete in the sub-$500 soon to go sub-$400 game with Toshiba (how much of a discount to a name brand like Toshiba is needed?). You'll note while they talked about their intent to release the BD199, the HD199 was only a prototype, and nothing else has been mentioned about that.
So, what do you do if you don't think you can compete in the HD DVD space? But, think you could make a $799 BD player (I've always been impressed with LG's pricing ability)? The combo player is the natural answer. And it may be $899, or maybe less considering you're giving some time for component costs to drop by waiting until summer/fall.
HD DVD folk: How about $400 for a Blu-ray player?
BD folk: How about a $100 discount AND a free HD DVD player?
Think anyone would be interested?
Is it a negative for Blu-ray? Possibly. It might encourage Warner and Paramount to retract support for the BD form factor.
Is it a negative for HD DVD? Possibly. It may encourage many to put off purchasing until they see what comes of it.