Have you ever stuck a brand new Blu-ray title into your player and instead of movie watching bliss; you’re thrust into the darkened hell of system-menus and firmware-updates? Welcome to the ugly world of Blu-ray incompatibility. A company called BluFocus has just achieved recognition from the Blu-ray Disc Association as a Blu-ray Movie Play Verification and Testing Center. Hooray!
Discuss "BluFocus is Certified by the Blu-ray Disc Association" here. Read the article.
Well, that's one of the joys of playing my blu-ray discs on my PS3. So far I have updated my firmware almost automatically, just from the software on the disc, so that it does play perfectly after the update. I think this has happened about three times since I bought the PS3 a couple of years ago.
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All the industry has to do is eliminate the requirement that every disc have AACS encryption and a lot of wedding couples will be a LOT happier that they would then be able to play the BD-R disc of their event. Currently, anywhere from 53-77% (depending on which organization you quote) of BD-R discs will not play on the current crop of players on the market today. That's just unacceptable. Much of this is due to adherance ot the Blu-ray spec, which requires a player to reject any disc that is not encrypted. Sharp announced that as a matter of company policy to thwart piracy, all of their players would adhere 100% to the spec and refuse to play any BD-R/RE discs. IMHO, this is a terrible marketing decision, as smart buyers will simply avoid these players.
How many of us have DVD-R videos that were shot locally? Fast forward ten years. How many of us will be in the same boat with BD-R discs? Need I say more?