LG's Blu-ray/HD DVD Player May Never See the Light of Day

In its current state, the LG BH100 player cannot receive certification from the DVD Forum and therefore cannot be advertised or sold to the public. The player that plays both HD formats, conforms to all of the specifications of the Blu-ray disc standard, but does not conform to the interactive High Definition (iHD) feature used in HD DVD discs. iHD is responsible for all interactive menus and special features (PIP, bookmarks, downloads/updates) – this content cannot be displayed using the BH100.

Kevin Collins, a Microsoft representative for the HD DVD group, reported that LG never contacted the HD DVD group before publically announcing the product at CES 2007. As a result of the BH100 not conforming to the HD DVD standard, the DVD Forum can take legal action against LG for using the HD DVD logo. Regardless of what LG does with their new obstacle, it is currently cheaper to purchase a 20GB Sony PlayStation 3 ($499) and a Toshiba HD-A20 ($599) instead of the LG BH100 ($1199).

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News source: DailyTech

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When I heard them describe how it plays HD DVDs on DL.tv there today I thought to myself it'd be way too gross looking and messy for a consumer product, apparently you don't even get THUMBNAILS for your chapter select, so yea they kinda took it with a grain of salt but then DL.tv are kinda whorish anyway, well that and I guess they wouldn't get to play with it if they started spouting crap about it there at their CES show.

iHD is very important. If I had a say in this matter it'd be that the LG BH100 will rot before it's released without being able to fully play HD-DVD discs, iHD included. It just makes sense.. what were they thinking .

So if you were actively involved in the DVD Fourm and LG wants to put out a player that plays all of Blu-Rays features and cripples HD-DVD you would be "okay" with that. I think not.

vlsi0n said,
:huh: So if you were actively involved in the DVD Fourm and LG wants to put out a player that plays all of Blu-Rays features and cripples HD-DVD you would be "okay" with that. I think not.

Well, LG never said it could play HD-DVD in full didnt they?
It was part of the announcement and they specified it from the beginning

[quote=vlsi0n said,]:huh: So if you were actively involved in the DVD Fourm and LG wants to put out a player that plays all of Blu-Rays features and cripples HD-DVD you would be "okay" with that. I think not.[/quote]

Well, LG never said it could play HD-DVD in full didnt they?
It was part of the announcement and they specified it from the beginning[/quote]
If the product is going to carry the logo, which this product did, then said product needs to conform to the specs of the logo.

Not being able to correctly display menus or perform the interactive functions of HD DVDs is, in no way, helpful to the consumer and fair to the product.