Originally Posted by kemiza
Is there any reason why we need firmware updates for our equipment to work properly? For years disc players and receivers have been manufactured without this and work perfectly right out of the box. Its really hard to grasp that a 500.00 blu-ray player is full of bugs and a 25.00 dvd player works perfectly. Hdmi handshake issues are one thing, an expensive poorly built player is something else.
No, actually there is no comparison. The very early years of DVD were riddled with severe bugs compared to what we're having today -- whether it's Blu-ray or HD DVD.
In 1997 and 1998, most of the 1st gen DVD players were manufactured with a incomplete DVD Spec, and when more interactive discs started coming out, they were often unplayable on those machines.
Worse yet, for a number of years, most of the DVD players were never meant to be upgradeable by disc, which meant that you were forced to drop your player at a support center and wait a few weeks.
When The Matrix first come out, at least 15 leading DVD players weren't able to play it properly -- or at all. It was a big story back then, considering that the Internet wasn't as widespread as it is now.
What we're seeing now doesn't begin to compare with the suffering that the early adopters of DVD had to endure.