Sharp Announces BD-HP20S Blu-ray Player with Quick Start and HDMI 1.3

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Finally, someone has figured out it might be a good idea to have a Blu-ray player that starts playing right when you put the disc inside, and that manufacturer happens to be Sharp with its BD-HP20S. The company wasn't specific about how fast that "Qucik Start" capability will be, but did say that you'd see a picture "within seconds." How many seconds, though?

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Five would be great, 30 would be lame. It's certainly going to be better than some of the first HD DVD players we tested last year at this time, which took nearly a minute to show first video after inserting the disc.

Specific pricing for the BD-HP20S wasn't announced, but it's been widely assumed that this lowest-end Sharp player will cost less than $500. It'll also be using the latest HDMI 1.3 interface, and of course, will be able to crank out luscious 1080p video at 24 frames per second as well as Dolby TrueHD sound. Expect to see it rolling out this fall.

Sharp: BD-HP20S HDMI 1.3 Blu-ray player planned for Q4 [High-Def Digest]

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MWALKER05: The Toshiba HD-A2 HD-DVD Player on Amazon runs you $299 regular, currently on sale for just under $250...but it's using HDMI 1.2a, and outputs in 1080i maximum. It's strange...I think new HDTV's are still being announced that don't yet support HDMI1.3, which is just silly.

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On another note:

I've heard plenty of people babble on about how 1080i gets *perfectly* converted to 1080p when you use an LCD or plasma (which are progressive scan by nature)...but that's a bunch of nonsense. Such people need to do a bit more thinking if they expect that you can take an original film at 1080p24, encode it in 1080p on disk (like all HD-DVD's are so far, unsure of framerate), have a $300 player convert it to 1080i (likely at 60 fields / 30 frames per second — the math isn't round numbers with 24p), and successfully have any old TV magically get it back to it's original 1080p form without any artifacts.

Sure, it might not be a major issue...but why make an HD-DVD player that CAN'T playback at the resolution used on the disk? I can't imagine that the electronics required to NOT CONVERT THE VIDEO from it's native format could be worth the ~$100 price premium to get 1080p on an HDDVD player.

Sure, the first DVD players were mostly 480i (instead of 480p)...but DVD players came out before ANYBODY had a progressive scan TV.