And you do realise that most people won't be running this player on a native 1080p set (given how expensive they are)? That's like putting budget tires on a Ferrari. The market for this player will be precisely the people trying to go HD on the cheap, likely on a 480P or 720P set. This means the onboard scaling unit will be doing the rescaling (given most TV's scalers are crap), and that's likely to result in aliasing among other things.
PS - How am I a fanboy? The OP of this thread is the clear HDDVD fanboy, cheering on an HDDVD "victory". I personally couldn't care less which format "wins", but this walmart player is not good news for consumers. Clearly you are the fanboy given you have walmart as part of your username!
Going HD on the cheap is a joke - only people with 720P or higher displays are going to get any benefit, since regular DVD is 480P and on a standard 480P set there is no visible difference between HD and SD. Even at 720P the difference is barely noticeable. So really, the whole exercise of going HD on the cheap is utterly pointless; those who have good enough TVs can afford to spend decent money either on a proper dual format player, or a single format player with good all-round quality and processing.
most people will probably be running it on a 720p TV (which are around $500 @ WAL-MART for a 32"). making the TV + the player $100 more than a PS3 or sony's new "cheap" $600 br player coming out in the summer.
also, it STILL doesnt need AA. its not upscaling the discs from 1080p to 720p. thats going down, and again ITS THE SAME CHIPSET as in all the other B-R HD-DVD players.
why youre a fanboy? hmm. did you even read your own post? youre trying to say it will be crap because its sold at walmart. and other players so much better because its less expensive. thats the most retarded logic ive ever heard. all your doing is being an ass and assuming (quite falsely).
i also have Worf as part of my username. do you suppose im a klingon who flies around on a spaceship bravely going where no man has gone before? check out the avatar genius; its a joke.
and lastly, besides the fact that lcds are w/in range of average consumers now and are expected to 1/2 in price by the end of the year; what makes you think that even people w/ $2,000 HDTVs wouldnt buy it? usually people who have that amount of money to blow also know how to save money. a lot of the tech in DVD players is obsolete when dealing w/ LCDs since they dont use an electron gun to scan the lines individually; the pixels are displayed concurrently. youre just speaking out of your ass trying to be an elitist; and you fail.
You're such a Wal-Mart fanboy. I prefer Target. Ha!
Go slap on a blue vest and hand me my damn smiley face sticker.
Sales figures still don't lie right?
dont make worf turn his phaser from stun to kill!
and what sales figures? are you talking about the ps3? typical fanboy, never learns. market penetration of even all the PS3s is about 1.5% of what DVD players were at the $200 price point. thats the magic # when ppl buy.