Originally Posted by Big J
You act like this is the first time this has happened. This has been going on every few months for about a year now. The BDA knows about this crap, and in all honesty, I don't think they care. I'm tired of having to wait for new firmware, just to watch a movie. I've just about stopped buying BDs, and tell friends and family to hold off on buying into it because of this crap. I don't know why some people insist on defending this incompetence, but I've had enough. There is no excuse for this.
The truth of the matter, as others in this thread have well expressed regarding all the problems with blu-ray have been since it's release into the consumer market. Yes, there is no excuse by the BDA and other responsible parties for letting this continue. IMO, as well as your opinion, the BDA does not care about this crap. Why, one reason that I can think about is, they do not want to spend any additional of their monies on proper testing. All they want is to recover the profit on all of the development research of the blu-ray and any monies they spent to kill the other format, HD-DVD. Lets get the player out to market for the public to buy and will fix it latter with the all mighty firmware fix.
Do you think that these same Consumer Electronic firms learned the lessons when SD-DVD came out. I remember sending an NAD DVD player back for repair and learning I would have to wait a little long so they can get the firmware installed. I also remember friends exchanging DVD disc because they would not play on their players and still they would not play. Now, SD-DVD is a successful format.
I understand why their is a following in defending the blu-ray. Some folks, have invested in new gear (IE: receivers, amps, speakers & etc.) in order to enjoy the full benefits of this format. However, the key element in their entertainment system
, the blu-ray player, will sometimes prevent them from enjoying the movie due to a number of different reasons. And, at some point in time, they know and hope their will be a resolution to all of this.
The first questions that comes before us when we purchase or rent a movie, is it going to work on the player I own? Do I take a chance or just return it or wait for the firmware update? Yes, we should not have to ask ourselves these questions, rather, we should be able too throw the movie in and watch it in our wonderful entertainment system. BTW, my Pioneer LaserDisc system never gave me any problems.
Unfortunately, as the format has become more sophisticated, so does the chance of problems develop. This is why the BDA has to have new guide lines and procedures for testing to insure proper playback. And both the Hardware folks and the Software folks also have better communication between themselves
BTW, I have not pulled the plug yet on purchasing a blu-ray unit. I want a unit that I will know I can use for at least 5 years. I refuse to re-purchase something a year latter in order watch a movie/