LG didn't particularly impress us in our review of the Super Multi Blu BH100, but from what we've seen of the second generation, the BH200, we might be prepared to forgive and forget those failings. And with said player now starting to actually ship to retailers, in the US at least, we may get our chance to see if this is indeed the case.
On paper the BH200 is definitely a vast improvement on its predecessor, offering full support for all the HDi functions of HD DVD and being compliant with Blu-ray profile 1.1, almost enough to justify a purchase in and of its own, as the only other player we know of that is also compliant is the Panasonic DMP-BD30 - until the PS3 gets updated at least. This means that whether you buy a film on HD DVD or Blu-ray, you'll be able to access all the funky pop-up menus and picture-in-picture features, such as the director's commentary, behind the scenes footage and so forth, which make HD DVDs, such as 300 and Transformers, so great now.
Other features include 1080i DVD up-scaling, HDMI 1.3 with Deep Colour output and 24fps playback. Price wise the BD200 is retailing in the US for around $1050, though it probably won't be available in shops until after Christmas now. No UK ship dates are available yet, so keep an eye out because as long as the price can hit the £500-550 mark, it looks like LG has finally come up with a viable alternative to having separate players for each format.