Originally Posted by tai4de2
Unfortunately, the situation is actually far, far worse than that.
The problem is that new discs come out weeks, months, or even years after purchase, that simply don't work with existing firmware. So we are forced to rely on the manufacturer to provide support for these players for a long time................................................
You *WILL* be relying on Samsung to produce new firmware in order to play future releases. ...........................
I agree with this 100%.
Can you imagine if the introduction of sd dvds and players had gone like this? If it had, would sd dvd have become so popular? I doubt it.
If the producers of HD-DVD and BD disks and players are banking on JQP's long-term tolerance of what HDM has "delivered" to this point, I think that the survival of HD-DVD and BD is indeed very far from certain.
Having owned an sd HTPC and a CRT front projector for four years (I built the HPTC and installed the pj), and having now recently purchased an RS1, I don't consider myself a HT novice. It takes a fair bit of hassle to really put the fear of God into me when it comes to this hobby, but the prospect of having to constantly update the firmware on a standalone, or the software on an HTPC, really deeply disturbs me.
A player's ability to be "updated" via firmware is definitely a two-edged sword. I hope that the manufacturers do not take advantage of this ability by putting half-baked disks and players onto store shelves. (I am not saying that the 5000 is a half-baked player.)
The long term best thing to ensure the survival of HD-DVD and BD would be for the manufacturers of these disks and players to make believe that the players can not
be updated via software, and finalize every facet of HDM before they try to sell it to the consumer. Although it may make some sense to some people to have consumers beta test their creations (the maunfacturers and AVS'rs, for example), they run the serious risk of average consumers coming to the conclusion that HD-DVD and BD are really not worth the hassle. At this point in its fragile infancy, can HD-DVD and BD really afford a bad reputation?
Even though people on this forum may be willing to put up with this, just what will happen if the majority of players are returned to the retailers for a refund? How many models of players that don't sell very well will manufacturers be willing to produce before they throw in the towel on the hi def disk experiment?
In short, I think that the "format war" is not the most important issue of whether hi def disk technology survives. The most important issue is whether the average consumer will put up with its hassle. One thing I'd like to know right now is whether the creators of HD-DVD and BD disks and players intend for consumers to frequently (and forever) update their players via internet or disk. If that really is their intention, then I will wait for another hi def disk format (perhaps this one: http://www.nmeinc.com/
) to be brought to market that will be easier to live with.