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post #3751 of 3979
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Originally Posted by Kevin M. Dean View Post
Generally people sometimes have problems when they don't have a flash stick, but you might want to try clearing any saved information for the problem titles off the stick or wipe it completely to see if it makes a difference. You may also try disabling any internet connectivity for the player.
I had problems with the new Disney Sorcerers Apprentice Blu-ray not wanting to play. It got "stuck" during the first play on the main menu and couldn't get anything to work. I stopped it checked BD cache and it had half a dozen BDs listed there with stuff in them. So I cleared them all, tried again and it worked. I powered the 550 down later, and tried it again and "Apprentice" went through the previews and junk stuff, and all was well (with only it listed in the BD data cache). I now have BD live disabled since it mostly is advertising and other minimal value. I've had to clear the BD live cache several times now to get some titles to play. It's as though sometimes a BD disc doesn't "see" enough available memory and then doesn't work properly till it does.
IMHO, BD Live is mostly a pain.
post #3752 of 3979
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Originally Posted by G.B. View Post

Yes, this is correct... shutter glasses is a whole new technology for 3 D... S550 was not designed for...

OK, well then, maybe it's time for 3D. Since the TV can do it!! I'll stay with Sony...........
post #3753 of 3979
One other recent disc that the S550 has problems with is Disney's Fantasia. The menus on the top screen are navigable by the normal arrow keys, but instead of moving from one option to the next to the next one at a time, a single button press might skip you three menu options. It's incredibly frustrating to select what you want. Thank goodness my PS3 can operate this disc without problems.
post #3754 of 3979
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Originally Posted by ausdavep View Post

Yup, on crack. 3D wasnt even suggested 2 years ago or so when I got my 550.

Now I'm laughing at myself !! I have a 550, but bought a 570 (3D) for the main room and put the 550 in our motor coach !! lol

I knew I had a 3D player somewhere !!
post #3755 of 3979
Ahhh so just a bit of memory loss.... from too much crack?
post #3756 of 3979
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Originally Posted by ausdavep View Post

Ahhh so just a bit of memory loss.... from too much crack?


lol probably more like too much work and too many toys...............


can you have too much crack ????
post #3757 of 3979
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Generally people sometimes have problems when they don't have a flash stick, but you might want to try clearing any saved information for the problem titles off the stick or wipe it completely to see if it makes a difference. You may also try disabling any internet connectivity for the player

Thanks for the info. It worked. I just wish I did this a couple of weeks ago so I could have watched Scott Pilgrim instead of a bad Jennifer Aniston movie on Netflix streaming.


Sorcerers Apprentice worked on my player so maybe that could have been a bad disc?
post #3758 of 3979
Anyone having problems with the remote?

I have to stand about a foot from the player in order for the remote to work.

I changed batteries and it made no difference. It just started happening when I bought a new Samsung LN55C650 55" TV
post #3759 of 3979
I was having a lot of problems with various blu ray discs not playing. I tried resetting the player, turning off internet access, etc. Sometimes these procedures would make the disc playable. But more and more often nothing I did helped. I checked with Sony. They would try to repair the player for ~$110 or swap it out for a refurbished player for ~$230. To me, neither of these options is cost effective. I would sooner buy a new unit.
I decided to disassemble the player and clean the optical lenses. This turned out to be not too difficult. The hardest part was removing the cover. After spending about an hour trying to remove the cover I decided to download the service manual for $10.

To get at the lenses, I had to disassemble most of the player and remove the disc drive. The disk drive is self-contained, similar to what is in a desktop computer.
I opened the disc drive and wiped the lenses with a q-tip dipped in alcohol. There are definitely 2 lenses (a blue and a red one.). Reassembly went pretty quickly after the experience of taking it apart.

So far it worked!!! A disc that I could not play previously started right up.

I have to say, I don't recommend this for the weak of heart. Although there was nothing "tricky" (except for the cover), I did have to remove several PC boards and disconnect many connectors, including ribbon connectors. But it is definitely doable.
post #3760 of 3979
Did everyone get the latest firmare update. I just got mine, now at verson 021. Anyone know what it does? Probably to help newer discs play.
post #3761 of 3979
Somebody over on the Audioholic forums just posted that they just updated their firmware and now they have netflix on their BDP-S550. It was their first post on the forum, so I don't know how reliable they are but who knows. Anybody tried to update their firmware lately? I don't have an ethernet cable near my player, so I can't try right now. I kind of don't believe it, but I am curious.
post #3762 of 3979
No new firmware for the S550, so I'd say either mistaken, stupid, or lying.
post #3763 of 3979
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Originally Posted by Hot Glass View Post

Somebody over on the Audioholic forums just posted that... (snip)

I don't trust anything from a post that doesn't know that "I" should be capitalized.
post #3764 of 3979
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Originally Posted by heavy-b View Post

Did everyone get the latest firmare update. I just got mine, now at verson 021. Anyone know what it does? Probably to help newer discs play.

021 version came out in sept 2010.
post #3765 of 3979
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Originally Posted by csrini1 View Post

021 version came out in sept 2010.

021 came out in Sept? Wow, My machine just updated last week. It has been connected to the net the whole time!
post #3766 of 3979
Yea, I don't know why we just got this, but according to the sony site it is dated 9/29!!!

From the sony site:

This utility upgrades the Blu-ray Disc player firmware to version 021 and provides the following benefits:
Improvements over firmware version 020:
Improves compatibility to enhance interactivity with some BD-ROMs.
Benefits provided by previous upgrades and included in version 021:
Adds slow and freeze frame functions during Blu-ray Disc and DVD playback.
Improved BD-Live performance to enhance interactivity.
Adds BD-Live functionality.
BD-Live allows you to enjoy additional content and services while playing a BD-Live capable disc.
For optimal performance, we recommend that you use a Broadband Internet connection to access BD-Live content and services.
BD-Live content and services require external USB flash memory (sold separately) for local storage.
Improved sensitivity to the Remote Commander® signal while the player is in stand-by mode.
post #3767 of 3979
Hey all, been using a 550 since they first came out and am quite happy with everything. Just curious as to why the 570, presumably the replacement for the 550, is so much cheaper? Is it inferior to the 550? Like I said, just wondering...

Thanks,
Jeff
post #3768 of 3979
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Originally Posted by jeffgun View Post

Hey all, been using a 550 since they first came out and am quite happy with everything. Just curious as to why the 570, presumably the replacement for the 550, is so much cheaper? Is it inferior to the 550? Like I said, just wondering...

Thanks,
Jeff

I could be wrong but I think it added built-in wifi, network (netflix?)streaming.... I suspect it is also faster to start disks (just a hunch.)
post #3769 of 3979
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Originally Posted by rsonnens View Post

I could be wrong but I think it added built-in wifi, network (netflix?)streaming.... I suspect it is also faster to start disks (just a hunch.)

I was thinking about it and I bet the manufacturers dropped the prices on the players to get them into peoples homes...
post #3770 of 3979
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Originally Posted by jeffgun View Post

I was thinking about it and I bet the manufacturers dropped the prices on the players to get them into peoples homes...

This. And also the 550 has the 5.1 analogue outs, probably less and less necessary as the years pass and more and more have HDMI recievers with HD audio decoding.
post #3771 of 3979
Hi
Please accept my apologes if I am posting in the wrong place :-(

I have a Sony BDP S550 - all has been fine with it until I try to play the movie "Inception".
It loads ok - then just will not read it and I get a revolving disc icon in the centre of the screen.
It never tells me the disc is unreadable but still isnt able to.

I have upgraded my firmware via ethernet to version 021 but still no change.
I thought I may not have done that part correctly but when I try again it comes up that version 021 is the one I have.

I have cleared all BD memory and I have disabled the internet connection so I would seem to have enough space.

All my previous discs played ok so I went and exchanged the Inception one......no different :-(

This is my first post on here and I hope someone can help.
Thanks
post #3772 of 3979
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Originally Posted by EllieC View Post

Hi
Please accept my apologes if I am posting in the wrong place :-(

I have a Sony BDP S550 - all has been fine with it until I try to play the movie "Inception".
It loads ok - then just will not read it and I get a revolving disc icon in the centre of the screen.
It never tells me the disc is unreadable but still isnt able to.

I have upgraded my firmware via ethernet to version 021 but still no change.
I thought I may not have done that part correctly but when I try again it comes up that version 021 is the one I have.

I have cleared all BD memory and I have disabled the internet connection so I would seem to have enough space.

All my previous discs played ok so I went and exchanged the Inception one......no different :-(

This is my first post on here and I hope someone can help.
Thanks

Welcome... You are in the right place...

1. Is Inception BD or DVD? (assume its a BD)
2. Purchased disc or rental? Netflix?
3. Have you tried cleaning the disc?
4. Try unplugging the 550 for a while; reconnect and try again.
post #3773 of 3979
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Originally Posted by EllieC View Post

It loads ok - then just will not read it and I get a revolving disc icon in the centre of the screen.
It never tells me the disc is unreadable but still isnt able to.

I don't have Inception so can't check. How long did you wait for it too load? I've had a couple of title take a few minutes to load to the point where I was wondering if something was wrong as well.
post #3774 of 3979
I have the inception BD and it played fine for me.
post #3775 of 3979
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Originally Posted by rwheelwright View Post

I have the inception BD and it played fine for me.

Same here Inception plays fine purchased new.

Ray
post #3776 of 3979
I bought a new Samsung 55" and now I have to stand 1 foot from the player in order to work the remote.

I can't work the remote from my couch and I changed batteries and that did not help.
post #3777 of 3979
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Originally Posted by jessebobcat View Post

I bought a new Samsung 55" and now I have to stand 1 foot from the player in order to work the remote.

I can't work the remote from my couch and I changed batteries and that did not help.

Is your new Samsung a Plasma? Some Plasmas interfere with the IR making some remotes harder to use
post #3778 of 3979
Samsung LCDs will interfere as well. Mine normally allows other remotes to work properly after the TV has been on for 8-10 minutes.
post #3779 of 3979
My TV is a Samsung LN55C650 LCD 55-Inch 1080p.

I have no problems with my other remotes except for the Sony blu-ray

Kind of annoying when you watch bonus features and every time one segment ends you have to get up from the couch and stand a inch from the TV screen to use the remote.

This never happened with my Sony Wega LCD from 2006.
post #3780 of 3979
There is a new Cinavia Encryption copy protection for Blu-ray disc. If you don't know what Cinavia is, it's basically an encryption that attacks your audio stream, and will mute it or pop up an error that it can't play the audio. The latest firmware version 021 for the BDP-S5000ES/S550/S350 does not give any information about the Cinavia Encryption copy protection.

Blu-ray releases that contain Cinavia Encryption watermark:
* The Losers (Warner Brothers, Jul 20, 2010) (English track only)
* The Karate Kid (Sony, Oct 5, 2010) (most of the tracks)
* The Other Guys (Sony, Dec 14, 2010) (English track only)
* Resident Evil: Afterlife 2D (Sony, Dec 28, 2010) (English track only)
* Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D (Sony, Dec 28, 2010) (English track only)
* Salt (Sony, Dec 21, 2010) (English track only)
* The Social Network (Sony, Jan 11, 2011) (English track only)
* Takers (Sony, Jan 18, 2011) (English track only)
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