I had this ideas for some time now but release of the Doom9 "Codec shoot-out 2004" ( http://www.doom9.org/index.html?/codecs-104-1.htm
) just had confirmed it :
- KiSS and entire industry once again building "old" new generation of players!
Why I think so?
Well, let me explain; what we as user expect and can get from DP-6xx and other coming Sigma EM8620L based players?
First of all QPel , not something new others (MTK, Zoran) already can play it, it's more overcoming of old limitation then feature.
Another thing High-Def resolutions, this IS the only real advancement, however it's impact will be limited because higher res. encodings take more space so they harder to share. Also there are not that much Hi-Def sources - all DVDs are so called "standard resolution" now, HD-DVDs and Blue-Ray are not released yet and the only source of Hi-Def video is digital TV that increases it's presents but still not that common.
So this means we will use this feature but in a year or so, currently it's just a "safety warranty" in case you somehow get one Hi-Def encode.
WMV ... nice addition, but WMV files are rare (once again good to have one more standard supported but this is not mainstream use standard) , the only real usage for it is video streaming .
But there we will have to wait and see how well it will work with all this bandwidth , server load and other problems.
There is (ore will be) of cause an option to buy movies thru net but I doubt many will like it at first , not while free, quality movies widely available on BitTorent and eDonkey network.
Of cause it's question of price too, with reasonable prices people will buy movies but knowing movie industry I doubt it will ever be "reasonable price" .
Anyway even if it develops it will take another year or two so buying player just for this (buying movies from net) now is a waist of money and a good toy to show your friends but nothing more.
So what's missing?
Blue Ray disks playback
Nero AVC codec playback.
(also I do not know what Nero Digital support planned in DP-6xx but based on it's specs probably "Standard Profile" while I would expect from Hi-Def player at least "Cinema Profile" or better "High Definition TV Profile" - http://www.nerodigital.com/eng/Trailers.html
but I don't think it's possible because EM8620L can't do 3-point GMC)
And no KiSS DP-6xx or any other Sigma EM8620L based player will be able to do it. Sigma intend to build new chips for them.
- because chances are that very, very soon majority of encoders will switch to Nero because it's support for chapters , built in subtitles, angles and multiply sound streams . And Nero AVS codec is VERY good both in compression and quality .
What I have forgotten?
- Well new "DivX 6" has to come out somewhere soon we will see that too.
So what's the conclusion? - Very simple, new generation of MPEG4 DVD players we waiting for well be already "old" on arrival once again.
It does not mean it will be a bad players, but it does mean that not going to be players to last , they will require replacement after a year or so and that's surely not good