Originally Posted by seanbob
Anyone else having playback problems with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 on the BD-35?
Lots of freezing, stuttering, and skipping began for me during Chapter 20 -- the scene immediately following...
The video problems continued into at least the next chapter, which was when I decided to stop the movie, unbox a Sony BDP-S470, and return to Chapter 20 to finish the movie on the new player (which, fortunately, did not have any problems).
I really like my Panasonic Blu-ray player, but I'm guessing that even with Panasonic's continued support, I'll probably be forced to replace it soon.
You describe exactly the type of issues I was having with my BD35. It first started when I was watching Star Wars Episode II (Attack of the Clones). When I went back and played the offending sections over again they would sometimes play fine and other times I get freezing, stuttering and skipping.
The problems continued on and off for the next several weeks. I'd play 6 or 7 different movies and not have a single issue. Then, all of a sudden, I'd start seeing the problem again. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason to why it was happening.
That said, I played Harry Potter DH Part 2 on my BD35 on Friday night. It played perfectly without a single issue. Then, the movie I played the next night (An Affair to Remember) suffered from three episodes of freezing, stuttering and skipping on the BD35. That is when I finally removed the BD35 from my equipment rack and replaced it with a BDT110 that I purchased a couple of weeks ago (it had been sitting in the box, unopened).
We've watched about a dozen movies on the BDT110 (we're trying to push it hard to make sure it's stable), including playing back about 30 minutes of Attack of the Clones. No problems encountered so far.
Frankly, I think some of us have simply worn out our BD35s. I average about 5 movies a week. Over 3 years that's 780 plays or (approximately) 1,560 hours. You'd think the player would last longer than that. My guess (and it's strictly a guess) is that some slop has developed in the blue laser's tracking. Those pits are a LOT closer together on a Blu-ray compared to a CD or DVD. The slightest variance in the tracking would spell disaster.
Time will tell if replacing the player has completely solved the problem. Fingers crossed that I get at least 3 years out of the BDT110. Thank goodness the BDT110 only cost $80. I'd be a lot more concerned if Blu-ray players were still $500!