Originally Posted by Laserfan
A partial explanation from Toshiba's User Guides:
This technology is an order-of-magnitude more sophisticated than anything before attempted wrt at least movie playback, what with interactive menus, pop-ups, pip, web interaction, etc. Given all the software involved both on the discs and in the players, I for one am MORE THAN glad, ecstatic even, for not one but TWO means to update firmware in my player, not only to fix glitches, but also to provide future enhancements. If You don't like it, nobody is holding a gun to your head to invest in it.
Agree and it's actually THREE ways to update: Ethernet, burn-your-own, or get from Tosh.
The unwashed masses (of which I surely am not a member
) also buy lots of PCs and Macs. Ok, forget the Macs, but the PCs are not any less difficult to figure out than the easiest option, that of requesting the disc. Although I agree it would probably be a pain actually getting it, but that's not a tech issue.
I count myself as moderately tech-savvy. That is, I use the common toys: digital camera, cellphone, etc. But none of them at a very sophisticated level, and I actually avoid things like PDAs, flash drives, webcams, etc because my life is busy enough without them. I use a PC extensively for work so have gotten familiar with its quirks. I was able to read this thread and get the image burned for the update, and then installed without a hitch.
Also agree that OOB operation like the gizmos of old would be cool. I'm betting this is coming, maybe 2-3 years away though.