I got a Toshiba HD-A1 last night. The only thing i can say is : Blu-ray what ? First of all, I would like to say that I have HD Broadcast at home already, so when I purchased the HD-DVD, I was at least expecting the same level of quality. Toshiba was grace enough to include component and HDMI cable with the player. Not bad quality cable either. After the initial TV hookup, I setup the player to retrieve the latest firmware update. Took around 30 min. On a side not, the player didn't want to accept a IP address from my router's DHCP. I had to setup everything manually. I only bought 1 movie : Training Day with Densel Washington and Ethan Hawk. It took around 1minute after I put the disc in the tray before I get an image. Impatient, be advise, don't panic, just wait. The picture quality is even better then Discovery HD (video bitrate of 17.8mbps from by provider). The transfert is flawless. No grain, no artifact and very smooth. What impress me the most though, was the audio quality. The audio output of the player is a bit on the lower side, so crank up your system. Dolby Digital plus is not yet fully supported by the player so I had to set it up to DD 5.1. While the movie is playing, you can bring up the menu and go the chapter selection, all of that without interrupting the movie. This is got to be on the best feature of HD-DVD. So the future is looking bright for X360. I understand why Microsoft has sided with HD-DVD. If the External drive is anything like the Toshiba, expect to see lots of post in the near future by satisfied customer. You can play regular SD DVD and the upscaling is very good. insanely good. So if you are a movie fanatic (like me), forget about MPEG2, bad quality Blu-ray and do yourself a favor, get an HD-DVD.