So true, I never had any issues not even one playing back HD DVDs. on my Toshiba. My Samsung BluRay more often than not will have blips where the video drops out during a new release movie for 2 seconds or so and firmware has never fixed it nor did exchanging the player for another one (3 times).That definitely was the coolest thing about HD-DVD having no region coding. In addition, no Java, much to the chagrin of the Studio's as that meant no BD+. BD+ is quite problematic with many BDP's causing constant playback issues and firmware updates.