As far as I'm concerned, please take all the time you need on this. Better slow and right than fast and unworkable.
But regardless of how quickly you accomplish the mission, the present LG GGW-H10N dual-format drive is still around $1k, I think, and I simply don't want to pay that much for a drive. So I will be waiting for one of these two drives to be released by LG very soon:http://www.engadget.com/2007/07/19/l...id-drives-and/
and also described here on July 29:http://www.dvd-intelligence.com/main...new_hybrid.htm
The article on the latter link states "LG is about to launch later this quarter ................"
The month of July is in the 3rd quarter and the month of August ends that quarter, so LG could potentially release their two new dual-format drives in the next ten days. But who knows, maybe it will be somewhat later and, if so, I'm fully prepared to wait.
I think waiting for a next-gen, dual format drive is better than now buying two first-gen single-format drives, or two external USB or firewire dirves, etc.
As far as providing a simple ISO disk to potential users goes, rather than doing that at all, I think most folks interested in getting an HTPC (as opposed to a far more simple stand-alone box), are competent enough to carry out written step-by-step instructions on how to configure their systems.
This would of course be similar to what has been done many times on this forum in the past - usually based around a specific motherboard and, maybe, video card.
To me, the beauty of what you propose is that you are volunteering to be the guinea pig - the person who will build a HTPC that plays (and zooms) both HD formats perfectly, and, most importantly, report to others every nitpicking step it took to achieve that perfection.
I think the main difference between this and other threads could be that all of those concerned are committing to obtain IDENTICAL components and software. That being the case, what works for the prototype will (with likewise identical software configuration) certainly work on every other identical machine.
This must be precisely what computer companies like HP and Dell do. While documenting every single step, they develop a prototype "model" that does what they want it to do and then stamp them out like cookies. Everything identical on a particular model. Their last step in production must be to install that ISO disk that automatically configures everything on the individual machine (or the hard drive is put in the machine already configured) every time it boots up.
Because of whatever legal issue with the ISO sofware, again, it may simply be necessary for each builder to do that configuration by following a list of step-by-step instructions. I'm sure I could handle that, and I'll bet others could, too.
Now............... a .doc that contained those written instructions might be considered by many people to be valuable thing - something worth maybe some dollars, and maybe something in the end worth far more to its author than any ISO disk. In short, you could sell your magic recipe for HD-playback perfection.
I think I'm now up to eight cents.