Players with user upgradable firmware?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Terry H, Jan 12, 2002.

  1. Terry H

    Terry H Second Unit

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    I just cannot understand why manufactures have not made this a standard feature. There have been a few... I read about one nuon enhanced player that allowed the buyer to download and install updated firmware. Naturally, nuon was a flop and I suppose the player was also. I would guess that the majority of "disc problems" could be "fixed" with updated firmware. I have updated motherboards and other upgradable hardware with no problem. Face it... this isn't exactly rocket science. So where are the user upgradable players? This would be a major selling point for me. Can anyone comment? Thanks.
     
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    The rp91 is upgradeable. I just finished upgrading the firmware on it.
     
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    Couldn't agree more. ALL DVD players should be this way. Experience has shown that certain players have problems with specific discs and it's a real pain to have to send the whole player away just to update the player, assuming a fix is created.

    Philips-Magnavox started the trend of creating user upgradeable players, but sadly it seems there is very little actual manufacturer support for the process, even though they have touted this feature in marketing. I've read many stories of people who tried to get the manufacturer to send them an upgrade disc and they usually get stonewalled.

    The manufacturers should make the firmware update files freely available on their website support pages, with clear instructions on how to burn a CD-ROM to perform the update or how to request a disc from them for a nominal fee. It's insane that us RP91 users have had to rely on some guy who fixes them to rip the firmware files for us and post them on the internet. If the manufacturer updates the firmware there must be a good reason for it and they should make that available to their customers. This would build customer loyalty and trust. What a novel concept.
     
  4. Eric Kahn

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    they are afraid that people will use the firmware upgradeability to do things like turn off macrovision or other "features" that they have to put in under license

    which is what is happening with the korean and chinese players
     
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