The New York Times ran another state-of-the-format-war on Monday, declaring that in the battle of Red versus Blue, nobody’s winning and nobody’s losing.
Well, except those of us who’ve decided to stop waiting for a winner, and buy into both formats.
Yup, I abandoned my dream of a hybrid high-def player — not too difficult, really, once I spent a couple of days with the LG BH200 before Christmas. Lovely unit in theory, not so lovely in practice.
I mean, I can’t imagine every one of them refuses to read either HD DVD or Blu-ray discs after the latest firmware update, but that was certainly my experience. Kinda frustrating, really.
Anyway, all this was ameliorated somewhat by the discovery that, while I’ve had my eye on the combo players, Sony’s PlayStation 3 has quietly developed into one of the most adaptable players on the market, for any DVD format. Its latest firmware brings it fully in line with Blu-ray’s spanking-new Profile 1.1, allowing it to access the shiny picture-in-picture extras available on such discs as Sony’s “Resident Evil: Extinction” and Fox’ “Sunshine”, and the PS3 can even be used as a media storage device, what with the 40GB hard drive and the AVI playback and the wireless media server capabilities.
Oh, and did I mention it plays everything it says it can play? Because that’s important too. And with a sale price of $379.99, I can still buy a separate HD DVD player and end up spending less than the $799 the BH200 would have run me at Future Shop.
Yeah, they’ve since dropped it to $699, but that’s post-fiasco. And I’m just so damn tired of waiting.
Of course, now I have to start looking at 1080p projectors that can output a 24-frame signal. Don’t tell Kate, okay?