VideoCD, DiVX, PhotoCD, etc.
Author writes, "Yet it’s disappointing that the S760 doesn’t support playback of digital music and video file formats other than the obvious audio CD, DVD and Blu-ray."
Scott Mckenzie posts, "Criticising a top flight player for not being able to playback shoddy home recordings or divx etc misses the point so much"
I want to know whether the VideoCD's that I have created over the past 10 years will run on it.
How about the Kodak Photo CD's, from the weddings I attended and wish to remember with friends on anniversaries?
When people had video taped and burned to CD weddings, graduations, and various other events in the lives of their friends, families, and church - they pull them out to show others, the same way they pull out photo albums. Now a days, we burn MPEG2 to DVD, but before DVD, that was not an option.
I purchased legal video from Asia as well in the North America on VideoCD format. Phillips had released VideoCD's that I have in my collection. Sometimes I want to watch these videos with friends. In particular, I have entire video seasons recorded in Japan of some of my favorite shows! Some of the older media is re-released on DVD, but will occasionally have poorer translation or poorer subtitles, so many prefer the former VideoCD releases.
If a top-flight player can not play back former standard (VideoCD) media, then it is not a low-end player.
If a "top-flilght" player can not play back not-so-standard (DiVX) videos, then it is certainly not "high-end" (doesn't a high-end car offer more options than a low-end car???)
If I can't even transfer the old media to shared network drives to play them on this player, then it is useless.
Sony misses the point - a Blu-Ray player was supposed to be backward compatible with former media. If they can't charge more on the "top-flight" players for more features, then they are not worth spending a dime on.
It is not about the player, it is about the media - the media costs people WAY MORE than a player does. I would rather spend an extra £100 on a player that will play back my £10,000 in media!