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With the constantly changing DRM in bluray movies, bluray players require constant updates. What happens when the companies that make these players choose to no longer make updates for an older model of bluray player?

Will users be forced to replace an otherwise perfectly functioning bluray player in order to watch movies simply because it is no longer profitable for the company to provide updates for an older model?

asked Jun 19 '10 at 15:03

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edited Jun 16 '11 at 01:22

yup that's how company works.

When new game comes old servers gets closed down. that's how things work. welcome to the real world.

answered Jun 19 '10 at 15:06

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I understand that but it is a artificially created problem, your bluray player only lasts as long as the company says it will last and this time can change at any moment. If it was not for the DRM, you could probably have the same bluray player for 50 years if you wanted. Releasing updates is expensive as programmers have to be paid for this so the companies have less of a push to actually support older models especially if sales drop very low for the older model.

How would you feel if car companies put a self destruct in every car and just one day decided, everyone has out 2009 model and thus there not buying our 2010 model as much, I guess it is time to blow up the 2009 models so they are forced to get the 2010 model

(Jun 19 '10 at 15:19) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image

This is why when it comes to Bluray players, I tend to buy Sony. They have a history of supporting things way past its end of life (they only recently stopped supporting 3.5" floppy disks, the last company to do so.)

answered Jun 19 '10 at 15:08

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edited Jun 19 '10 at 15:09

yea its cuz almost all of their floppy disk customers were indian. and there are lots of indians in this tiny world

(Jun 19 '10 at 15:16) nepdude101 nepdude101's gravatar image

Sry to bump a old thread, a friend of mine who had a old bluray player (non updatable one) is currently unable to play some new bluray movies. I will have to ask him for the exact model but earlier today he was telling me that his bluray player wont play some newer movies.

I wonder how long before the current updateable blu ray players, stop getting updates.

answered Jun 16 '11 at 01:21

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As more newer movies comes out, they come out with newer encryption. If the manufacturer does not update the console, you are in trouble.

This happened with some players recently and the newer disc cannot play it. Best to get is a PS3

answered Jun 19 '11 at 22:16

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not just DRM but DECSS that is in every frame of video and audio. As movie companies find creative ways to embedded the scrambled codes in each frame (2 years ago it was just between each track!!), the players need to be updated. If these updates fail you have a brick or no way of playing. however don't worry too much as you and I are not in the know of what the movies companies are really doing with the DVD/bluray players media protection. I have had a bluray for 3 years, and have yet to have a movie not play correctly as many new movies have a few tricky digital data embedded to detect if you have the disc in a player or a computer thus a trust is made between the media and the player, think of this as a hand shake or public KEY that would be on both the player and the media disc itself.

strange stuff :D

answered Jun 19 '11 at 22:49

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