Sorry Richard, I wasn't aware that there was nothing negative to be said about Blu-ray. I now realize that it is the perfect format for everyone, has no issues, and should be purchased by all at the first opportunity. It's so perfect, it is beyond any and all criticism. Thank you for clearing that up for me. Now perhaps you can move onto another crusade?
Seriously, it was a question, phrased as a question. You know it, I know it. If it wasn't phrased that way, you wouldn't have partially-quoted me to attempt to make a point.
It's also interesting that you suggest the Panny firmware update made improvements in BDJ performace by listing one review, but then suggest that in the last 4-5 months worth of updates, the PS3 has not received a single update to it's BDJ performance (which is impossible, because there were additions to the BDJ stack as part of the Profile 1.1 update -- or Profile 1.1 wouldn't work).
Either way, thanks for providing quotes to the two reviews. There are other not so positive reviews of the 30 as well depending on what your needs and expectations are. It's also more expensive than the PS3 -- so the PS3 is still a better value as it is just as good or better than the Panny.
Do you have some stake in the success of Blu-ray or something? I mean, to the level that you idolize a shiny disc format, you would think you got paid or rewarded or something?
Everthing has negatives, and, AFAIK, nothing in the CE world is perfect. If we do not criticize the things we do not like, it will never be improved. Even that review gives us 76 seconds from play to movie start -- that's a very very long time compared to DVD and it goes to show you that our expectations have been shifted lower due to the incredibly slow batches of players we've seen over the last two years. The 20 second improvement there is drastic, as it equates to roughly a 20% cut in times. That's significant, and hopefully they continue to improve it.