Originally Posted by advil_yum
Bummer. I hope that doesn't mean they are discontinuing support for it as well. When I bought it (October last year??) they released 2 firmwares, each newer than the firmware that was loaded from the factory. I haven't seen one since. Hopefully that means all the bugs have been worked out!
The 9630 continues to get firmware upgrades and it was discountinued. I suspect the 9631 will, too, at least for a while. Frankly, now that BSOD and few problems with PQ have been solved, I think most of our sets are near optimal. Not to say that improvements or refinements aren't welcome, but quite frankly, if the TV's are working at 99.5%, I would just as soon NOT upgrade and risk screwing up something. In fact, I haven't uploaded the most recent one (though it's on my PC and/or USB) becuase it was only a minor PQ improvement to HDMI and I don't use HDMI right now (I will eventually).
On another note, I was just talking with my wife the other night as we watched TV. We both absolutely love the Ambilight, and both mentioned that we would again consider Philips if we had to purchase another TV in the future. I would find it hard to go back to a "normal" TV without Ambilight, or something like it (if another brand copied it). My only 2 "regrets" on this TV are that I didn't push for the 50" (couldn't justify the nearly $1000 difference), and that it doesn't support 1080p - not that that matters at this point in time.
Agree 100%. In fact, I'm a bit bothered and confused as to why the 63" does not have Ambilight -- could it have been a weight/size thing? I can't see myself not getting Ambilight either, and down the line would certainly consider the biggest Philips model size.
1080p would be nice, agreed, but not necessary now. Maybe on the larger model -- if I get it and IF it has the Ambilight. The TV does a great job on both SD and HD, agreed. Hopefully, the new models are refinements of the 9631 like the 9631 was a refinement of the 9630. Philips has now got PQ and reliability down pretty good at this point with the 9631 (and 9731, the successor?), hate to 'start over' with a whole new model and electronics and innards, etc.