TG Daily is reporting that the first generation of Blu-ray players, just announced, will not include
hardware support for the vaunted BD-J interactive layer. Apparently the key word to look for when shopping for Blu-ray
players later this year is "full-profile". Based on what's been reported, we can expect full profile players
to launch at around $1800, while "basic" players may be closer to $1000. Is the Blu-ray spec as done as we've
been lead to
, if the players launching possibly six months from now aren't going to support one of the key features?
Also in Blu-ray news, they expect to support streaming media over internet connections, as a way to get people
to connect their players to the internet (and update their encryption). The last interesting note was about thier
insistence about only wired connections and that they need to keep high definition off the WiFi airwaves. That is
really weird to me, even if it only ships with a wired connection, how can they stop someone from using a wireless
bridge? It seems silly. I really have the feeling we'll end CES not knowing much more than we
already suspected about Blu-ray or HD-DVD.