So I'm getting my bluray drive replaced. I don't know what is going on but the bluray drive isn't listed on my support page. Not only that, but the shipped firmware was pretty old and the latest one is from August. This is while all the other drives listed on the support page have firmware updates from Oct - Dec.
I'm thinking this is a supply issue and they are grabbing whatever they can to fulfill orders even though it wasn't the intended drive. I specifically requested the drive listed on the support page to see if that makes a difference with video playback
So it's clear - a few of my movies (eg Harry Potter 6 / Hangover) are stuttering / skipping. Tried...
PowerDVD (and applied latest update)
Updated BD firmware of the PLDS drive to ED-14