I'm sorry for re-hashing an old thread, but I recently hit this same problem and was wondering if anyone on this thread (or anyone else) has also had this problem and was able to do anything about it?
I've had my PS3 (fat system, 40gig) for a couple years now, and haven't had any problems. I've also used Netflix for even longer, switched to blu-ray once I got the PS3, but have had no problems. Then just within the past month or so I've gotten "bad disc" after "bad disc." I quote "bad disc" because I at first thought it was the disc's fault, but am now starting to think it's something else. I send the discs back to Netflix, reporting it was a bad disc, but sometimes the next disc works, sometimes it doesn't.
Each time it's the same thing. I put the disc in, the PS3 clock at the top right spins, it loads... loads... then just decides it's tried enough and stops. Nothing appears under in XMB. It's just like I didn't insert the disc. I usually send them back, but recently I've started ejecting and trying again, and sometimes that works. Sometimes it doesn't.
Throughout it all I've been playing games as well, and *never* had any problems there. Usually I have a game disc in at all times, and when I get a new Netflix movie I'll eject the game disc to watch the movie disc. And only recently the movies don't load...
I, like others, don't think it's a laser issue because my game discs that I'm using at the same time never have issues. Also, when I get a blu-ray Netflix problem, I put in a DVD (not blu-ray) and it loads just fine. I don't own a blu-ray movie so I'm not sure how those play here. I even called Netflix and asked them if this was something they've seen/heard about recently. They hadn't, but are of course awesome and sent me an extra movie just because I had an issue.
So what did you guys end up doing to get around this problem? Do other blu-ray players perform better or is this really a rental disc issue?