Originally Posted by MrHT
Probably only us AVS people blame the player manufacturers because we know that these discs are only problematic on certain players. Well what about the average, non-AVS movie watcher? When they buy a movie and it doesn't play.....they're going to think it's a defective disc and keep exchanging it. What do they know about firmware update? So....studios suffer too.
No one is winning here. Hopefully one day, studios will realize that.
I just called BS on this whole BD+ firmware compatibility clusterfunk- I RMA'd my new Pioneer BDP-320 received earlier this week.
No one should have to update a hardware set top to play a new video release- ever.
No non-geek/non-AV enthusiast /non PS3-gamerz geek will tolerate this- i.e. 99% of the video/movie buying public.
Yes, the technical audio-video science merits of BluRay are nice and undeniable- standardization of losseless DTS-MA on most releases, improved color and detail in most cases, 3D capability moving forward.
But this DRM and BD+ issue has become a MAJOR consumer rights issue.
AT MINIMUM refusing to purchase/boycotting any disc with BD+ is called for.
When you pay for a BD+ enabled disc, literally, the money you give them will fund the next round of BD+, paying the salaries of the people writing it!
If you go along with and buy into this scheme willingly now, YOUR BluRay player WILL be borked by SOME new BD+ scheme and/or related firmware release in the near future...
...not IF but WHEN...
I plan to spend my money and time the next several years in other HT pursuits, enjoying the equipment and 1000's of DVD's I already have, putting money into best in class video processors instead.
I would rather spend $2000 on a great video processor for DVD's vs spending $1 on anything BluRay in the near term.