woo hoo!! my mpeg4-compatible dvd player came today!
(the lite-on site has been a bit unreliable today, but the link should work when their server gets back online)
just thought some people might be curious about how these machines perform. so far, i've tested about 30 or 40 discs encoded in DivX 3.11, DivX 5, and XviD... and out of all of those, it's only had problems with about 3 or 4. for the most part, it usually seems the audio track is just incompatible and needs to be re-encoded to mp3.
the secret menu to change the player to region 0 and to disable macrovision was easy to access, it handles cheap CD-R media well, it auto-plays data CDs, and the picture quality is great. my TV has a nasty little problem where the edges of the picture go off the screen a bit, so it's nice that this player has a zoom feature that lets you stretch or shrink the picture vertically or horizontally (or both), depending on what you need. i'm totally happy with this gadget. as far as i know, this player should be comparable to the KISS 450 since it uses the same decoder chip.
edit: oh, and updating the firmware (to add DivX 3.11 support) was also very easy. i just DL'd the firmware update as a nero CD image, burned it, popped it into the Lite-On, and it automatically flashed the firmware in approx 4 or 5 minutes.