Dream Machine

Lately, I’ve been dreaming about the perfect hardware video player. Currently, I have a Momitsu V880N upscaling DVD/networked video player. I like this machine because it allows networked DivX/XviD playback, as well as DVD upscaling up to 1080i. I know that eventually, I will have to replace it with probably a dual-format (Blu-ray/HD DVD) HD player, but looking at the current selection, none of them really gives me exactly what I want.

LG and Samsung’s dual-format HD playersThe early dual-format offerings by Samsung and LG looks pretty good, but neither offers networked DivX/XviD playback (although I could probably do without it since I’ve connected my PC to the TV and I’ve been using it more and more). I’m also concerned about their region-free status when it comes to playing DVDs – region-free DVD is perfectly legal here in Australia.

So anyway, here’s a wishlist of what I want in terms of my next video player (some obvious ones, such as HDMI, has been left out since these features are not optional). It’s unlikely a player will ever have all of these features, but one can dream …

  • DVD/video upscaling using Silicon Optix’s Reon VX chip
  • Region-free DVD playback
  • Blu-ray (profile 2.0) and HD DVD playback
  • DivX/XviD playback
  • H.264 and VC-1 (WMV) playback
  • Networked video playback through wired ethernet or wireless
  • 1080p/24 output
  • 50, 60, 72/96/120 Hz output for video playback

If such a machine does eventually exist, it will come pretty close to being a media center PC, so perhaps going down the PC route might be the most realistic.


2 Responses to “Dream Machine”

  1. Eric Says:

    Hi Xiao –

    I am doing some research on XVID/DIVX market penetration/growth. Would you mind talking to me for a couple minutes regarding your thoughts on DIVX and XVID. Given your expertise in this area, I would really value your insights. We do not publish the names of people we talk with, and would not attribute any comments you made to you unless you wanted us to. Thanks, Eric

  2. Axcent94 Says:

    MyFilms is better and cheaper …

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