According to my what hifi magazine, in May Toshiba are bringing out a new (3rd)model called HD-EP10. It is going to be cheaper than the HD-XE1 and able to deliever 1080p video, Also on board the new player is a scaler capable of uspscaling standard DVDs up to 1080p quality, while all the new sound formats are also supported! It is set to retail at around 450 notes and looks identical to the original HD-E1...
Im still waiting to buy my first BR or HD DVD, i think i may get this one!
With the new generation of HD players essentially being computers running a Linux OS, the old thinking of buying a "black box" has changed.
So with your network-connected player, as long as the hardware is there to support it, new functionality and bug fixes etc. should all be possible with firmware upgrades and other downloads.
And from some of the things said on the insider threads, it looks to me that they're moving the HD players away from the traditional CE black box arena and more towards the computer realm, in how people can/should be using them.
EDIT The Xbox 360 user base seems to have enthusiastically adapted this networked/firmware upgrade/downloads way of using their gaming console, so there's probably no reason why AV users shouldn't either.
I think it would be fair to strike Meridian from that list. They specifically made a point of the fact that it takes them years to develop a product to their satisfaction... So, whilst I guess you can't rule it out completely, I wouldn't bank on seeing one in 2007, even if you can afford one, 2008 perhaps.
that's terrible. I think I'll wait until they decide to stop playing those silly games. Oh...and let me guess....I'll bet the XA2 is specific to R1 for SD right.
On the NTSC side of things, Amazon has this deal going in which you buy the A2 or XA2 and get The Matrix collection and you'll get two free hd dvd's also. On top of that you'll still receive five free hd dvd's from Toshiba through rebate. I think the offer ends in August or something. I just wish the players were region free. I'd be on it like a heartbeat.