Just got the player I ordered ages ago in Australia !!! Yeah !
So far, it is slow on load times, but that is comparing it to PS3 and HD-DVD drive for my Xbox. It really not a problem ... by the time you sit back on your couch you will hardly notice it.
The lack of HD-DVD interactivity is a massive PLUS ! No more waiting for obligatory warning screens popping up and long winded menu's before the actual movie starts. Oh how I miss fast forwarding 5 min on rented VHS videos and fast forward on Laserdisc ! Interactivity is such a gimmick .... I am here to watch a movie ... from start to finish ! That's it. If only they did it for Blu Ray as well
As this is a PAL player with Blu Ray region code "B" on the back I was so worried that all my Blu Ray movies bought from Amazon (for play on my USA acuired PS3) would not work.
Well ... hey presto ... LG have graciously made the Blu Ray region Free as well. Even the die-hard sony pictures Casino Royale region "A" worked without a hitch. Lovely !
What did not work was a standard NTSC region 1 disc !!! Amazing, but who cares ... I have the best DVD player in the world hooked up to my system for that (Philips DVD1010). As far as sound support my only gripe is DD-HD not being sent out via multichanel through the RCA conectors. I hope they can fix that. My amp can accept 5.1 input via RCA cables. Who cares if the player does the decoding instead of the amp ? I don't ! It's like upscaling via the DVD instead of via the TV's own internal chip ... why double up ??
Anyway, that's a side issue. I can play Blu ray and HD DVD from ANY region so am very happy with the unit.
Btw, we have a great price in Australia ... usually we get ripped off down here but it came to $1350 AUS which is $1120USD. Not bad at all !