Originally Posted by DigitalKnight
Has anyone received this new player yet that can comment on it? New thread started on it?I would like to get a 3D streaming player
but don't want to waste time beta testing... at least not too much time beta testing....
If you can find one, the OPPO BD-93 with Firmware ending in 1219 is the only player that will flawlessly play 2D and 3D iso exactly as the disk plays from an attached 2Tb hard drive. Since doing this REQUIRES a license from BDA and BD Java license the capability has been removed in future OPPO BD-93 firmware updates. However, if this feature is really important to you, you can locate an older OPPO that has not been updated, do not connect to the internet but download firmware ...1219 from the BD-93 forum thread links post #1 and install it to enable the latest firmware that has iso playback. This solution will work with all BluRay both 3D and 2D dated December 2011 and before. It is not guaranteed to work for disks and iso's dated after December 2011. Again, if you have such a player, do not connect it to the internet and be aware that this solution only works for disks released prior to December 2011.
We also know that it is possible to reverse install an earlier firmware but unfortunately this process is a guarded secret. Until the method or access codes are made public we have to plan that the OPPO can not be reverse loaded with older firmware. If and when the process is made public, I suspect the means to play iso's perfectly for older disks will be wide spread.
The reason why there are no iso players that play 3D and 2D iso's exactly like the original disks is because there is a licensing requirement for Profile 5 BluRay disk structure. If you don't care about playing the iso version exactly like the disk as a clone, then some of the lower cost players will work too. But these are also inflicted with various bugs and flaws making the use somewhat frustrating and as seen by many posts by a few here, makes some people down right crazy insane.
You will get various levels of performance with these other media devices but if you want flawless, then the OPPO is the only real solution.
My solution is to use the OPPO and have a second BluRay 3D player I update on the internet to play the latest titles. This solution is not 100% but is the best available today.
Also, there is one type of disk structure I have found not to work at all in the lower profile media players such as HiMedia 900B. These would be 2D/3D disks requiring a profile 5 menu to select whether you want 2D or 3D. Without this what you see is a crap shoot from previews to wrong language program. You have no control without Profile 5 menu capability.
Additionally, the OPPO BD-93 with firmware xxx1219 does have one minor limitation. As it must be disconnected from the internet, using iso playback has no access to BD-Live content from the internet. This will not affect basic disk playback but will restrict some features such as extra information downloaded from the internet during playback.
I believe this about sums up the options you have for 2D and 3D iso playback. From what I understand, there are still older inventory available
but no way to guarantee what firmware is loaded on them. As the word gets out, documented iso capable BD-93's are expected to skyrocket in price.