I go away for just a week and when I return the greatest AV component in the history of everything has turned into this.
Has Will fallen on his sword or joined a monastery yet?
There will have to be a defining term for similar situations in future. 'Vaporware' (sic) doesn't quite do it because actual review samples got sent out.
I suppose 'Oppoware' or "doing an Oppo" will suffice for a fully realised and well-reviewed product that is in great demand and even has a 'following' but still gets scrapped before actually going on sale.
I think the BDP-831 will be launched eventually, probably a few months down the line (although they would've missed the Christmas period). All the BDP-831s may have been stocked up in a warehouse, to be released when the player finally launches.
From what Oppo have said, the problem was not with manufacturing. And for an October 7 release, they would've made hundreds or even thousands of players. The problem was with the logistics.