Originally Posted by snowrabbit
I live in germany and the player didn´t come out here.... Isn´t it a thing of law? Did anybody ask an advocat in this matter? Several DVDs playable on the most player do not work on the BH200 - this is a not working product characteristic .....
Well, that's kind of the big question. LG receives no money for offering firmware updates to fix playback issues, mostly newer Blu Ray releases.
LG could argue, I suppose, that the BH100 and BH200 worked with all current releases when they were discontinued and that playback of newer Blu Ray discs is not guaranteed.
A great deal depends on the contract that LG signed with the BDA. If the BDA contract requires CE's and movie studios to provide legacy support for discontinued models, then LG will provide a firmware update for both the 100 and the 200 for the current James Bond playback issue along with any upcoming issues that may arise in the future.
However, I would be surprised if there is any such language about legacy support in the BDA contract. My best guess, once your CE abandons support of your model, you'll either be shopping for a new player or unable to watch some/all new releases in the future. One could call it "planned obsolecense."
The whole question is this, is LG dropping legacy support for the BH100/200? If they are, then current owners who are interested in new releases would be best off shopping for a new player. If they are going to continue to support their legacy machines, it would be helpful if they would come out and at least say so. The silence from LG on the whole issue of legacy support for BH100/200 has been deafening.