To say the least, I am disappointed regarding no BD-Live but certainly not surprised. I sent them another email yesterday voicing my displeasure with what I consider a bad decision. But LG is no different than any of the other larger corporations. They must look out for #1 and speaking of #1, I find the "Vision" page on LG's Korean website somewhat humorous. "Jeong-Do" meaning "The right way."http://www.lg.net/about/vision/vision.jsp
I've been involved in technology for quite a while now. I fully realize that what was the "cat's a$$" 6 months ago, is yesterday's news today. I believe a good example would be PC processors and vid cards. If your a gamer and want to play the latest and greatest without feeling like your in quicksand........you upgrade, usually for a few hundred bucks.
LG has chosen to move on with BD300, the latest "cat's a$$" and that's fine with me, although I won't buy one. BUT...I fully expect them to at least support a player that is barely a year old with needed fixes. And on that point, I still believe LG will deliver.
Based on a conversation I had in BB with an LG rep last month, BD-Live on the 200 would have been a very huge surprise but like many of you, I kept hoping. So, that same day I purchased a Sony 350 to cover myself.
For me, currently BD-Live is nothing to write home about. If it ever becomes exciting, I suspect by that time there will be Live capable players for around a hundred bucks or less.
I now have bought three 200s (big sucker), LOL I have a Feb 08, Mar 08 and an Oct 07 build. They all have a handshake issue unless I turn them on in the proper order TV, Rcvr, 200. One oddity is that the two 08 builds will exhibit random audio or video dropouts but the 07 build not one yet. I will be giving the 07 build to my daughter.
So, let's go LG, practice "Jeong-Do" and get this player up to speed and fix the niggling issues. Who knows, you may even be able to keep a small amount of those loyal customers you're "creating value" for!