Originally Posted by jonathan_little
I can only imagine if somebody bought a car with a built-in navigation system, and then during a software update the dealership decided to remove the navigation software. "Well, it is primarily a driving machine. Everything else is secondary. Our lawyers thought the navigation system might be too distracting to you."
Your analogy does not fit. Oppo never claimed that ISO playback was an included feature that the unit will have. They just added it as a bonus. You did not pay for it. It was a freebie.
If you want to use the car analogy, let's say you bought the car and one day, after regularly taking it in for service, they decided to fill up your gas tank for free. Then they decide to be nice and keep doing this every time you brought your car in. You'd be pretty stoked right? Of course you are.
Now let's say due to the economy, they can't do it anymore or else they'd be forced to go bankrupt. Would you then be upset and say using the economy and the threat of bankruptcy is the dealership's way of copping out on removing this freebie? Are you now upset at the dealership for not giving you the free gas anymore?
Unlike the navigation system you mentioned, you didn't pay for the free fillup, they never advertised it as being a perk of buying the car. It was just given to you one day for free without advertisement or notice to you. You have no basis to claim you are not getting what you paid for because you didn't pay for it nor did they promise it to you when you bought it.
I am saddened that it came to this as much as anyone, but the only person we can blame here are the short sighted studios who are unable to realize no matter what they do, they will never be able to stop piracy. All they are doing is stifling innovation and advancements/convergence of technology. Unfortunately, when the 300lb. gorilla tells you to do something to cripple your product and has the legal and monetary backing to do so, the little guy has no choice, but to comply no matter the PR backlash they will get.
The worst part is that so many of their customers who, in the beginning, sang praises of their products, support and the company as a whole, have now turned their backs on them and cry foul now that they are no longer getting handouts from them. I would understand if Oppo started ignoring emails, stopped honoring warranties or something like that, but to get this backlash because their some of their customers have such a feeling of entitlement just makes me remember why I generally try to stay away from the public.
Sorry, rant over.