Originally Posted by vinnie97
If LG has managed it, Samsung would be crazy to follow up their player without BD-Live support after all these delays.
My first thought when I heard about the UP5000 being delayed was that it was because Samsung wanted to make sure the UP5000 basically delivered every feature of both formats.
The press release from LG seemed very clear that BD-Live is a supported feature in the BH200. I'm actually starting to get really interested in this LG and hopefully some people will be able to get one soon and test it out for all of us!
If the BH200 DOES support BD-Live (and it is explicit that it supports HDi for HD-DVD and can output 1080p24 video), then the only area where the UP5000 could hold any advantage would be with the audio formats.
To me, having ALL the audio formats supported IS important. It is also important to me that they are supported in 6.1 and 7.1 channel form. Internal decoding would be nice, though not totally necessary so long as bitstream output is possible. One thing to consider though is that internal decoding is necessary if you want to take advantage of second audio stream features.
So that's about the only question left for me. Will the BH200 output up to 7.1 channels of DD+, TrueHD, DTS-HD:HR AND DTS-HD:MA? Will it do it in bitstream form? Will it decode them internally? If it decodes them internally, will it be limited to 5.1 channels? And will it do it for both formats?
If it CAN, then the only possible thing the UP5000 could do to "one up" the BH200 would be to decode DD+, TrueHD, DTS-HD:HR and DTS-HD:MA - all of them internally; all of them up to 7.1 channels; all of them on both formats; and all of them can be output via the 7.1 analogue connection.
So, in the end, the UP5000 has the opportunity to be the "perfect" HD disc player - capable of doing every possible option with both formats AND sending it all out to ANY receiver, even one without HDMI.
The BH200 has the opportunity to be the "perfect" HD disc player, but only via HDMI.
That possibility is the only thing stopping my purchase of a HD-A2 and PS3 right this second. Looks like a little more waiting is still in my future
Oh, and one last thought: will these dual format players be eligible for the "5 free movies by mail" promos for BOTH camps? That would actually be a pretty sweet deal since you would be getting 10 movies with the purchase of the BH200 or UP5000! My thinking is that we really should still get this deal from both camps. After all, the price is basically the same as getting two stand-alone players and if we did that, we'd get 5 free from each side, so we still should with a dual format player, don't you think? Still, it seems like one camp or both probably wouldn't be doing cartwheels over it, so maybe buying a dual format player would result in no free movies or only 5 free from one side or the other. That would suck a little bit