Originally Posted by wco81
Then don't buy any of them.
BTW, there won't be any reviews or any communications about features, including likely software upgrades, right?
Well, problem is, I might like to. And I'm the "Tech Guy" for most of my family and many friends. So what do I tell Dad when he wants to know if he should plonk down some cash on BR player today?
"Well, if you do, they are going to start making discs that have additional features the players today don't have, that they may or may not update to support these features, and there's no clear indication that you will be able to know before you buy either a player or a title in the next 7 months if all the features on the title will work on the player you have. If that makes you a little nervous, the general consnsus is don't buy until the middle of the next calendar year."
Seriously, is THAT
the message the BR consortium wants to get across? I mean that's the real advice people are giving here... out of necessity it appears .
And, no I'm not saying there will
be no communication but business is being done TODAY
. The reality is:
- There are players now being sold with no clear indication to consumers that they are BD-Video
- There is no clear indication if these players have the hardware to even spport all of the -Live features in the future, or if the vendors are willing to commit to do so
-There are titles now that are BD-Video only
- Future titles will require one or more additional BD-J capabilites for all the features to work
- A BD insider has suggested that firmware updates that are being announced NOW may be adding some subset of these capabilites, but what those may be are not being disclosed
- There is no published plan for labeling to allow a consumer to know what features a title will require, other than perhaps "BD-Live", in which case a consumer will either have to take his chance purchasing the title and see if it may play his player that has one of these "mystery firmware updates", or he can go the safe route and scrap his current player and buy another one in 7 months.
Seriously.. the time for commuincation is NOW. Or more accurately some time back when Samsung first started accepting their customer's credit cards without anybody telling them they will have a "next gen" player that will only be capable of playing a subset of all the features that will be avialable on BR discs in a just a few months.