I suggest you go through the 51FD thread in the Blu-ray players section. The current theory is that something happened to the newer, Malasian-built 51FDs that cause them to be treated differently by BD+, or some discs.
I suspect mine's an older Japan model, but all I know is with the 1.21 (IIRC) firmware on mine, it hasn't failed to play anything, asside from one netflix disc that was damaged, but I even got that to play.
That is the whole point -why would the makers of "Quantum of Solace" rig it so that it wouldn't play in one of the popular stand-alones? And how can the renter know what kinds of tricks they come up with from just reading the cover of the DVD they want to buy/rent? This is definitely not a well-developed enterprise if anyone can say "blu-ray" and some work, some don't, and you have to pay first to find out??????
I definitely agree that the whole BD system is designed with the wrong priorities in mind.
[UQOTE]Anydvd wants more money for each upgrade, unless you go lifetime and that is over 100 Euro's, and they can't be sure even then if it will play ALL discs that say "blu-ray" on the cover - because there apparantly is no concrete standard that all BLU-RAY adherents must comply with?[/quote]
The real issues is that Blu-ray is such a complex "standard". As for AnyDVD, the problem there is they don't have an AACS/BD+ license so when stuff changes in them, they have to figure out how to work around it.
9 out of 10 is pretty good, but, with older DVD's, it is at least 999 out of 1000 (probably even higher). If all a party wants to do if enjoy the higher def movies experience, all this tricky codecs and such just make for frustration. My neighbor pointed out to me that she can play any vhs tape anywhere anytime and she is holding out on blu-ray until they quit fighting over who can, and who cannot, actually play the dang thang. Imagine paying $300 for the Pioneer blu-ray player, then renting a blu-ray movie and when you are all ready with popcorn and friends, you get that "won't play" nonesense.
Trust me, I completely understand. That's why I finally dumped my HTPC, I had too many problem with friends over. I've never had an issue with my Pioneer.