Originally Posted by mlaun
I have an 11 yr old DVD player that still works just fine and fast and has played ever DVD i ever threw at it. Never dreamed that the kind of issues we are now having with BR Players even existed. Just don't need the new kind of 'reliability' to get ads and spam thrown at me.
But i do want a nice quality HD Player that just works. Guess I'm old fashioned!
You were also smart to wait until AFTER SD-DVD settled down.
Yes, it's been a while and people forget, but it was the Wild West out there in SD-DVD land back when the first "progressive" players were coming out.
Blu-Ray is still an "early adopter" technology. Heck the spec just stopped changing this year! It takes a while for the authoring tools to catch on to which portions of the spec players are actually implementing, and what problems result from the different processor performance levels in players at different price points and of different vintages. It also takes a while for the high degree of integration to happen in chips to make this stuff "commodity" technology (so things stop changing so fast).
At present, studios are still trying to figure out just how far they can go when authoring discs, and whether that will change when more powerful, more sophisticated players ship, or whether everyone will agree to constrain themselves only to what older, slower players can do
The painless experience you are looking for is likely still a couple years off.
In the interim, there are really REALLY good reasons to stick with players that have high performance, a large installed base, and a track record of rapid and timely firmware updates. (Pssst! Think PS3.)