Originally Posted by DanF8500
^ My Samsung tv has undergone so many app changes in its Smarthub interface over the past 2.5 years, that I have lost count. Surprised LG is not doing the same.
I can't help you with the 103's apps because I don't use them, but I know that Oppo has included new apps, in addition to removing older apps, in firmware upgrades over the past couple of years since owning the player. There's really not a lot of apps, however, that Oppo includes in their players. You're better off using a Roku device, Amazon Fire Stick, or AppleTv for more variety of app selection.
I would never purchase an Oppo player because of its included apps.....there's hundreds of other reasons to purchase an Oppo player. App availability is not even on my list.
Originally Posted by Drew Neilson
DanF8500 scott_bernstein What apps are available on streaming-only devices that aren't currently on the Oppo BDP-103?
Also, why in the heck does Oppo only update apps via firmware updates rather than simply updating the app independent from the firmware? That would be like Microsoft only updating Word when a new version of Windows is available. Makes no sense.
Oppo has updated their apps in the past when possible.
The only issue though is that just because Oppo might WANT the latest version of an app for their customers,
that does not mean that the app developer has to give it to them.
This is also the reason why their players are limited on what apps they do have.
App developers focus their attention on the 3rd party hardware that is the most popular and attracts the most customers.
(Like AppleTV, Roku, Amazon Fire, smartTV developers, etc...)
I'm sure it also has a lot to do with money and greased palms at times.
Some brands probably pay to have certain privileges like have the latest app versions before anyone else.
I think it would go without saying that Oppo would love to give you all the apps and latest versions of said apps too when they can.
BD players don't work like computers do.
In order to update the apps, it has to be done via a firmware upgrade.
The fact that app updates only come along once in a long while via firmware,
is simply because that is just how often those particular app updates are available.
If their players had a ton of apps like other devices, they would probably have more updates.
As far as their Netflix app specifically, I know that updates for that app have not come nearly as quickly
as they have for other devices, and it's hard to say if the current players will ever get another update for Netflix at all.
To see what Oppo has to say about it, you could ask them directly and then let us know what they say.
They are very pro-active to inquiries, and will usually answer emails in less than 24 hours.