I have been receiving Blu-ray disks from NetFlix for about six months now. I've been playing them back on a laptop connected to my projector via HDMI using Media Center included in Windows 7. (ver. 6.1.7600.16385) I've just had two bad disks in a row. One was scratched and the title wouldn't load. The other was 2012. It only took a little searching to find out that many people are unable to view the menu screen with various players. I've heard about many cases where people were unable to load disks because of yet another of the many many many updates they are constantly doing. Blu-ray feels more to me like Beta-ray. I frankly have about had it with Blu ray. In addition to troubles playing back Blu-rays I rent, I can't have my laptop open when it plays through the projector or else I get the 'can't play protected content' notice. Hassles hassles hassles. Meanwhile DVD and streaming always work just fine. In my research of my 2012 problems I found where some people have been ripping DRM free copies of their disks for the sole purpose of being able to view them. What kind of lame anti-pirate strategy is it to create disks that can only be played reliably if you pirate them???? Anyhow, that is more trouble than I am willing to put up with. I'm considering one of two things; either buy a dedicated Blu-ray player and hope for the best or just downgrade my NetFlix back to DVD only. I'm leaning toward the latter - with streaming video on the rise I can't help but think that Blu-ray will be a very short-lived standard. I thought I'd seek opinions here about what I should do.