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: Manufacturers who are unlikely to stop updating their firmware
Manufacturers who are unlikely to stop updating their firmware
5 years ago
(March 25, 2013, 12:06 p.m.)
The manufacturer of my Blu-ray player stopped publishing new firmware updates almost two years ago, not long after I bought the player, and I've encountered a couple discs that won't play in it, and nothing I can do about it except return the movie unwatched. This is not a no-name, fly-by-night manufacturer, it is Memorex.
For all three discs, the behavior was the same, even though they were different movies: they would play the 20th Century Fox logo, go to black, and then the player would freeze at 7 seconds. This identical behavior for different movies makes me think it's not a dirty or scratched disc.
If I buy another Blu-ray player, which manufacturers have shown by their past actions that they are not likely to stop publishing firmware updates even if they stop making the model in question? I realize past performance is no guarantee, but it certainly is a guide.
Re: Manufacturers who are unlikely to stop updating their firmware
5 years ago
(March 25, 2013, 4:28 p.m.)
Memorex isn't a real brand. In the days of analog I believe they did manufacture magnetic media, but for a while now they've just been a label that's slapped on goods made by someone else.
Buying a product from a keiretsu or chaebol like Pioneer, Panasonic, Sony, LG or Samsung is a better bet. Check out places like AVSforum and you may get a feel for which one of those is best.