updated 08:25 am EDT, Mon July 23, 2007
Helios began its week with the announcement of the H2000. Catering to an audience that frequently downloads movies rather than buying them at the store, the player not only upscales regular DVDs to 1080i but also common digital formats such as DivX, MPEG-4, and XviD. It also adds a rare level of VobSub support for raw DVD files that need subtitles, Helios says. HD scaling also occurs regardless of the output method, as it works both through protected HDMI as well as component for older HDTVs and VGA for PC displays. Users that already have upscaling receivers can force scaling off to prevent duplicating efforts.
RCA and S-video also join the DVD player's video outputs, which can supply either NTSC or PAL. Audio is provided through RCA out as well as 5.1 through conventional, coaxial, or optical jacks. Helios intends to deliver the final-generation DVD player to the US by August 10th for $99.