branded player, but what about the protocols?
I have no problem with branded players requiring certification, but this should not mean that the protocols are 'private' or the content encrypted in such a way that only certified products can access the service.
Digital technology is making a disaster area out of media services.
My blu ray player won't play SACD for example, so in the future I'm likely to need:
blue ray player (plays DVD's as well, possibly CD's)
SACD player (prolly CD's as well but not blue ray)
Digital satellite PVR
Digital terrestrial PVR
some other box to access iPlayer
This is a ridiculous mess, when at the moment I can, in 1 PC, have access to:
Blu-ray (although a slightly messy process to date)
digital satellite (including HD)
digital terrestrial (hopefully with HD when some T2 cards become available
iPlayer (albeit at pretty rubbish resolution / quality even in H(ahaha)D
youtube and any other internet based services I care to use.
All unencumbered by DRM and based on linux.