I'm not sure who to be mad at, maybe just disappointed, we watched predators last night, but since it was the first time I had experienced the BDP-83 lockup it took a bit of trial and error to get it to play, seems you have to delete persistent storage, then disable bd-live then be sure it actually saved the setting then I launched the movie by using scene selection instead of play.
I had bd-live on because my son had been playing with the feature on other titles without any problems, guess we will just leave it off now.
The disappointment comes when you pay so much for a product (this is my second oppo, so don't get me wrong here) and it has trouble playing some titles and features have to be disabled to play others, and my wife and son would not know what to do when the player locks up.
A player should never lockup, and be smart enough to disable features such as bd-live on the fly when it is not up to date enough to provide the latest features requested by the title being played.
My brother in law thinks I should have just got a BDP2500 from ebay for $50 bucks, his plays everything and predators played perfect on it and he has never updated it, and it's not connected to the net... hearing that hurt, because I've talked about how great oppo has been to him.
So what it comes down to is timely updates, I've not been a fan of participating in beta firmware updates because of the potential for breakage, I just expect it to work so I don't have to listen to my family members flip out when it does not.
Official firmware updates do not seem to appear as often as it seems necessary to keep up with the demands of new titles, which brings me to the question....
Since oppo does make "beta" firmware available, in your opinion (those who have been using the betas) has the experience been a good one and worth using so the risk of titles locking up the player could potentially be reduced and thus providing a better experience for clueless family members?