Blue Ray Firmware Upgrades
by Raymond Zachary - 3/15/09 8:32 AM
In June 2007 I bought a Sony BDP-S300 and have had to upgrade the firmware six times. I read that people who bought Samsung BDP 1500 models are also having to do firmware upgrades. I want to escape this seemingly endless need to upgrade firmware and have ask why it is necessary. I have been told that illegal copying of DVDs is so rampant that DVD manufacturers are having to repeatedly modify their recording formats to make it harder to copy these disks illegally and the BluRay player manufacturers are just trying to keep up with this process by repeatedly changing the firmware.
If this is true, is there any reason to believe that firmware will ever stabilize? Even if one buys one of these boxes with an ethernet connection will it make a significant difference. It seems one will still have to do the upgrade but without the need to download the software and burn a disk as one does with the Sony.
Alternatively, perhaps the story I have heard is not true at all and there is some other reason the BluRay manufacturers cannot stabilize the firmware. Who knows something about this?
Perhaps it is time to go back to the theater and forget DVDs. Or perhaps we should just watch the classics from Netflix and forget watching the latest output from the DVD industry. Needless to say, we are tired of pixilated pictures, sound and picture freezes, and other losses of continuity.