An update on the Independence Day/ Fox not playing issue:
I downloaded Samsung 1.5 (2-29-08) and am running it now. As was stated, it did not fix the problem. My experience has been the same as badboi's.
I e-mailed Fox Entertainments Customer Service at:email@example.com
with the following message:
My new copies (2) of Independence Day will not play on my Philips BDP9000 player. As you know, this player is a clone of the Samsung BD-P 1000.
I have tried the latest available firmware from Philips (1-02-08) and also Samsung (2-29-08).
Neither firmware will load or Play the movie.
I have contacted Philips support, and they are supposed to be working on an update, available soon.
However, does Fox Entertainment have any suggestions or solutions?
At present, I am stuck here in Texas with a $28.00 coaster, wondering whether I can buy the future Fox releases.
Their less than helpful reply was:
We have not received any reports regarding the above title not playing. We suggest you allow Philips to obtain an updated firmware and take it from there.
As was stated, Blu Ray is a great new technology, but until the hardware manufacturers (Philips, Samsung etc.) and the movie studios (Fox) work better with each other, the new adoption rate will suffer.
I may not risk buying any more new Fox releases, especially if I am stuck with a $28.00 coaster.