Hi everyone. I just had a chance to skim this thread and thought I'd fill in some info that looks missing.
I was in San Diego a few weeks ago at the LG line show which was a preview of the upcoming 2008 line to key dealers. I had a chance to talk to the product planner that worked on the BH100 and BH200. While I was sitting there one of his guys walked up with a USB flash drive with SEVERAL beta versions of new FW for the BH200.
I don't know specifically when the release dates will be for the firmware, but here's what was discussed:
-The current production firmware (as of 10/29 when we had this discussion) was not final. IE all of you out there with BH200s don't have the final production release.
-1080p/24 is NOT supported but will be in the update. Only problem is it is automatic based on EDID. There is no switch for 60/24.
-They indicated a 24/60 manual option would be in a future release.
-The QDEO processing is not fully utilized in the firmware currently shipping. This would explain reports of poor SD quality. This is one of their top priorities. Those of you out there that understand software video processing know that chip maker's "stock" software does not offer the best performance. It's up to the manufacturer to tweak it for their application. This is the case for LG and the QDEO chip. They are working very hard on it and are confident when the updated FW is released it will be good.
-Firmware updates can be performed with either a USB key or over the Ethernet port. I would assume it will still accept it via DVD disc, USB will be much easier. They said eventually updates would be automatic as long as the player was connected to an Internet connection. The updates they loaded at the show were all done from USB and like I said, they had several versions they were testing.
So for those of you on the fence, I would suggest holding off until "production" firmware is loaded. I was told only about 800 units shipped nationwide and no more have shipped to date since then. I think they realized the firmware needed to be finished. I would expect to see a new FW version when the BH200s are availble in quantity which should be by December.
In general, look to see some cool new products from LG in 2008. The biggest announcement was ISFccc support, and there's more calibration friendly certification coming. They spent several minutes discussing calibration and it’s merits in the general session which was attended by 100s of dealers, most of which are retailers.