Yeah, I've soured on Splash because of all the indicators I mentioned. I'm all for paying for this stuff even though 99% of people are perfectly satisfied with the free version. I definitely will pay for a video player if it is done really nicely. I paid for Light Allow, which is very underrated in my opinion.
Splayer is ok, nothing special in my book. it needs more options, for me. Of all the players, I still find KMP to be the best all around. KMP plays back my HD files better than Splayer currently, but I don't have a lot of really big, full disc rips of dvd's at the moment. I just have a couple of 1-2 GB mp4 HD files. I'm trying to avoid using a player just because it does one thing better than another. I'm really hoping for a player to come along that is the clear cut winner. For me, it's KMP right now, with Light Alloy in the mix as well. But neither of them are perfect I guess. Daum was promising, but it's pretty buggy right now. We'll see. It really doesn't seem like the full HD support on most players hasn't matured yet. It feels like we're in the infancy stages and working out the kinks. Which is weird in my opinion, because HD has now been around for a fairly long time.
But I do notice a surge in the interest of HD playback on the computer lately. I can't be sure if I'm noticing it only because I've begun thinking about my HTPC project, or if it's actually true. But it feels as if 2011 will see a large increase in the HTPC related stuff, as well as playing back HD with files. Currently, players "support" all this stuff, but it's not really elegant anywhere. There are still NO players with buttons for previous/next chapter in mkv files. or for enabling/disabling subtitiles, or changing audio. They are all context-menu driven type stuff. We're seeing more HTPC specialized hardware coming out into mainstream circles: things like those mini htpc boxes that you can setup in your living room instead of a full tower setup, players like Splash and stuff are coming out bragging specifically about their HD playback. This wasn't the case even two years ago.
By the way, the reason why HD is not mainstream is because it makes the "man" nervous. Full HD files represent the worst things to them. It makes any kind of discs obsolete, so the whole bluray thing would go out the window if mainstream users caught onto things like mkv files and 50gb bluray files. And once mainstream users learned that they can connect little htpc's to their tv's that play EVERYTHING under the sun without the need for 10 remotes, dvr, bluray player, etc., well, that would be bad for a lot of companies. Standalone dvd and bluray players would suffer. Even things like the PS3 would take a hit because a lot of people buy that simply to playback bluray movies.
So I feel like 2011 will be the year for HD files.