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I'm totally surprised!...Available at BB...Now

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1165610378688

Is it really a combo player if it doesn't support HD-DVD correctly? I understand that it doesn't support the HD-DVD menus, therefore you can't get to the extra "stuff" on the disc. If true, and you owned this player, then you would never, ever pick an HD-DVD disc over a BR disc if both were an option. It almost seems that this player was created to make HD-DVD look bad.
 

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Is it really a combo player if it doesn't support HD-DVD correctly? I understand that it doesn't support the HD-DVD menus, therefore you can't get to the extra "stuff" on the disc. If true, and you owned this player, then you would never, ever pick an HD-DVD disc over a BR disc if both were an option. It almost seems that this player was created to make HD-DVD look bad.

Depends on how you look at it - half-full, half-empty.
It depends if you really care about some of the special features in the extras of the HD-DVDs. For some people, their primary preference is to watch hidef movies regardless of format. This player allows you to do that with one box. Aside from iHD shortcomings, the rest of the player's faults (see the reviews posted here) should be fixable with firmware upgrades. I hope the player does well.


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You can still get to the 'special features' on an HD DVD disk, you just can not access interactive special features such as U-control / or PiP. You could still for example watch trailers, ect.
 

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Thanks for pointing that out. You can tell how often I've ventured into the extras on the 40 or so HD-DVDs I've watched... zero.
And, another thread states that Circuit City is selling the unit also.


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Is it really a combo player if it doesn't support HD-DVD correctly? I understand that it doesn't support the HD-DVD menus, therefore you can't get to the extra "stuff" on the disc. If true, and you owned this player, then you would never, ever pick an HD-DVD disc over a BR disc if both were an option. It almost seems that this player was created to make HD-DVD look bad.

This is from LG's site...



Blending the latest technologies and offering unprecedented flexibility to consumers seeking the convenience of playing both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD high-definition content, LG Electronics (LG), a leader in consumer electronics and mobile communications, today launched the groundbreaking Super Multi Blue Player at the 2007 International CES® (Booth #8214, Central Hall, Las Vegas Convention Center).


Launching in the United States during the first quarter of 2007, this advanced dual-format high-definition disc player, LG model BH100, will be the first player on the market with the capability to play both next-generation disc formats, addressing the challenge of the current format war. The new player is ideally suited to LG's expanded lineup of Full HD 1080p plasma and LCD HDTVs, delivering best video possible in the highest display resolution format.


We've developed the Super Multi Blue Player to end the confusion caused by the current competition between Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD. Customers are no longer forced to choose between the two formats, said Dr. Hee **** Lee, president and chief technology officer of LG Electronics. As Full HD TV is already gaining ground, we are hoping that the Super Multi Blue Player will play the trigger role in expanding and advancing both Full HD TV and high-definition DVD market volume together.


LG Electronics also offers flexibility to consumers in next generation optical disc drives for personal computers. (See separate news release) The GGW-H10N, also available in the first quarter of 2007, is compatible with both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD formats. The Super Multi Blue 50GB drive is compatible with Blu-ray Disc, DVD, CD read/write and HD-DVD-ROM (read), offering the most universal unit available.


We know our customers want high-definition content for their HDTVs. We also know a format war keeps people on the sidelines, said Mike Vitelli, senior vice president of merchandising at Best Buy. With this new dual-format player, LG is offering a viable solution to this dispute. This is the kind of customer-focused approach that Best Buy looks to bring to our customers.


Warner Home Video President Ron Sanders added, We enthusiastically welcome LG's introduction of the Super Multi Blue high-definition disc player. This is a great first step towards resolving consumer confusion and uncertainty due to the two high-definition formats. The Super Multi Blue Player will allow studios to better meet consumers' growing demand for high-definition content in both the Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD formats.


By providing a high-definition player that supports both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD discs, LG is delivering a product that puts the customer first, said Randy Wick, senior vice president and general merchandise manager of consumer electronics at Circuit City Stores, Inc. We applaud the LG customer-friendly approach, as it will serve to alleviate customers' confusion about the two formats.


Michael Ahn, president and CEO of LG Electronics North American Headquarters, echoed comments from Hollywood and leading retailers in support of LG's dual-format approach. The American consumers' love affair with HDTV is now even stronger thanks to LG's marriage of Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD. What's more, our player upconverts standard DVDs to 1080i resolution, providing compatibility with consumers' existing movie libraries while improving the picture quality of those discs, too.


In addition to offering Full HD 1080p picture quality from high-definition discs, the player incorporates interactive functions based on BD-Java, which allows advanced menus and functions to be displayed over the video of Blu-ray discs. And, while the same level of advanced menu interactivity is not available while playing HD DVD discs, the powerful combination of Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD audio-video playback technologies is like no other on the market.


The unit supports various A/V formats, including MPEG-2, VC-1, H.264 video, MPEG1/2 audio, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital+, DTS and DTS-HD audio, and includes multiple inputs/outputs such as HDMI out, component/composite video outputs, and optical/coaxial/discrete 5.1 channel audio outputs, among others.


The strikingly designed unit incorporates elegant and easy-to-use backlit touch sensor buttons along with an ergonomic remote control that delivers an effortless command of the next-generation home entertainment experience.


LG's Super Multi Blue Player (BH100), available to U.S. consumers during the first quarter of 2007, is expected to sell for about U.S. $1,199.
 

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LG's Super Multi Blue Player (BH100), available to U.S. consumers during the first quarter of 2007, is expected to sell for about U.S. $1,199.

I can buy lots of HDDVDs for the $800 difference.


When I was growing up you heard "what this country needs is a good five cent cigar". Today, what we need is a good $199 combo player. Two years, maybe?
 

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I can buy lots of HDDVDs for the $800 difference.


When I was growing up you heard "what this country needs is a good five cent cigar". Today, what we need is a good $199 combo player. Two years, maybe?

Ten bucks says this player will be 999.99 by March...
 

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Ten bucks says this player will be 999.99 by March...


Pay up!!! Here it is May and its still $1200.


LG must be kidding, right?
 

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Most of them on ebay are refurbs from some big daddy store!
LG will have to do better than that. It is pretty much a Blu ray player that also plays HD DVD! At this point I will wait for the sammy and get one a lot cheaper...
 

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 Dual-Format High Def Player in more stores

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LG Electronics is rolling its combo Blu-ray Disc/HD DVD player into Best Buy and Circuit City stores nationwide, following a more limited offering in those chains.


Starting in June, LG will ship the market's first dual-format high-definition player across Best Buy's 800-plus network of U.S. stores. At the same time, the Super Multi Blu HD player will spread to significantly more Circuit City outlets.
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However, Taylor said LG is more than pleased with sales at this point.


It is a relatively high price product, but it has not been an impediment, said Taylor. We think it's a good value. Finally, there is a product on the market that declares peace in the format war. We think this reduces consumer hesitancy to jump into the market.


Taylor added that there are no announcements yet regarding a second-generation Super Multi Blu HD that might beef up its HD DVD capabilities.


Our research has shown that the main reason why people buy is not for interactive features, but to kick back and enjoy a movie in its full-definition glory, Taylor said.
 

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I'd rather have one with a warranty and preferably one of those extended warranties.


If you buy one of these off of Ebay there will be no warranty, I noticed where sellers are claiming they come with a full warranty. This is not true. Warranty is for the original owner only and through an authorized reseller.
 
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