Posted a story on the main page this morning about a guy that bit the bullet and bought one at Best Buy But, they are actually out a bit before they were supposed to be. According to the author of the article when he called around to the BestBuys asking for information, he got the impression they did not know what he was talking about. Then, when he got to the store to pick his up, they were just shoved onto an empty space on the shelf with all the other DVD players.
As you say, who cares, as there is nothing to watch on them yet. It is interesting to note though, that there is little fanfare about the arrival. Nothing in the Sunday paper etc., at least I didn't see anything. Maybe, when there is an official launch, we will see some more activity. Frankly, with the 1080i output and 500 dollar price tag, I don't expect them to fly off the shelves no matter when they come out. Wait till the sales guy in the store starts talking about AACS and HDMI etc., to Joe Six Pack and I think we can expect even less interest. Of course, to be able to appreciate the added detail of 1080p, you are going to need at least a 65 inch screen from what I have been reading. I think we can consider the amount of households with this type setup to be in the very small minority.
Maybe 1080i isn't so dumb after all.