Originally Posted by Doctego
Is the consensus to NOT update the firmware if your BD player is working fine? So far, I have chosen not to install the update.
The continuing firmware updates for these older models (kudos to Samsung for this) seem to be in two areas:
1. Fixing playback problems with specific Blu-Ray releases (probably caused by strange new copy-protection schemes)
2. Enabling new apps from the online app store that required some unknown change in the api
Obviously you don't need to worry about the first unless you actually encounter a disc that has problems. Unfortunately Samsung doesn't list those discs, so there's no way to know if a firmware update would fix the problem. More likely for a recent release.
Samsung also doesn't say anything about the second area. I've just noted on a few occasions that new apps did not appear until a firmware update was done. But I think it's pretty rare.
I don't think Samsung is bothering to add any new features to old firmware, nor would they retro-fit new copy-protection restrictions like Cinavia (why would they? it's not required for these older players, it would cost them money in development and support, and the older hardware might not not have sufficient memory or performance to support it when it wasn't required at the time the model was released).