Originally Posted by LexInVA
They can face massive fines if they do sell it to you. Best Buy made the mistake of selling some of the pre-release HD-DVD players to their yuppie clients and they got a big financial spanking in addition to some dismissals of employees. You don't want it anyway, because it's probably a crippled version of a product that will be functionally different when shipped if what I've been reading so far is true. I dunno why HyPyke decided to buy one but companies rarely send out fully functional demo units for products that are not ready to ship unless it's something like a TV. I remember the first HD-DVD demo players from Toshiba being nothing more than a crude representation of what the format was (of course we all remember the initial products being not much greater when released but that's another thread all together) and they ended up being a bit different than the product that was shipped. It's possible that firmware updates might fix these units if they are in fact crippled via their software but if they have different hardware on the inside than what is in the shipping product, you are SOL.
OMG. Guys, this is not a DEMO UNIT. It is simply one of the first off the line. The manufacture date is October 2007. They simply shipped the first players off the line as part of this BOSE display. There is nothing "crippled" about this player. Not sure how many times I have to repeat that. It is FEATURE COMPLETE. The fact that it won't play certain discs without a firmware update is something the LG BH100 can lay claim to and it has been out for almost a year.
LG says that the players will be out soon. Which means they need to be manufactured, packaged and shipped to the end location. That could take a month or more. So when they show up on shelves this nov or dec the manufacture date will be....OCTOBER.
I also regged my player over the phone with customer service. It has a serial number you know.
If I'd had any indication that this was anything but the real thing I would have returned it.