by Samsung_HD_Tech - 11/3/09 11:12 PM
In Reply to: no problems by lookingfork
I'll give you my own personal take on the issue, so I hope that will suffice.
When it comes to TVs or other non-Blu-Ray related products, I would only update if there is either a new feature offering additional functionality (usually rare that firmware adds something rather than fixes something) or if you're having the specific problem that the firmware updates.
When it comes to Blu-Ray, it's a little different. Because DRM changes so constantly, (movie studios are perpetually trying to stay ahead of the pirates) Blu-Ray updates should be applied as they come out. I understand the hesitation considering some of the problems on the forums posted here, but we will stand behind the product in the even something goes wrong.
Here are two examples, both Samsung products in different categories.
I saw a firmware update available for my Samsung printer, but since mine worked and it's a monochrome laser printer, there wasn't much more functionality than I was expecting. It connected to the network, printed on both sides of the page, and I had no issues. So it's out there, but I don't have a vested interest or a problem. So there's no sense in flashing it.
There was also an update for my P2 mp3 player, which added Bluetooth functionality so I could connect my cell phone to my mp3 player. This allowed me to put the phone in my pocket, and if it rang, I'd answer it on the player, and speak into the mic - and listen on the headphones. Now I wanted that feature so I could listen to my mp3 player, and keep my phone in the gym bag and be accessible to my calls while working out, so that weighed heavily on the decision of updating it.
So there's no set official company protocol on this.
I only know what is posted on the website. Usually if there's a new feature that will be available, I may get word ahead of time, and I'll be happy to post a heads up. Otherwise, it's most likely going to be an update for compatibility issues.
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