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Loueber

Agreed..
DRM is nothing but a big hassle for legitimate owners.
Even using windows media center to record from my cable to watch a show when i get home from work is DRMd and i cant watch it in my bedroom if i want to. So instead it forces me to torrent it and then since i went through all that trouble to find and download it, heck, i might as well share it with my friends. DRM makes it hard for us legit folks, and it pushes us to pirating

eviltimes

Yes, I have rolled back to previous firmware upgrade. Many problems with the latest one, but older one will not play Avatar or 2012.

Joel Moore

This seems to be a growing trend. The people and companies that develop, design, and supply our technology are increasingly unable to handle it. How many of the high tech devices in your home work better than their predecessors of 10 years ago? My Samsung Bluray players chokes on movies all the time and needs frequent updates. DVDs never had issues like this. My digital cable box freezes up and is sluggish as hell but the old analog one never did and was lightning quick when changing channels. My new PC once suffered from crippling hard drive issues that were caused by obscure settings that required hours of combing the web reading hundreds of unanswered pleas for help. Are things really improving?

Ok, sure. Bluray looks nice on large TVs and sounds great with a great sound system but they couldn't stop there. They had to add all sorts of useless features (BD Live, DRM) that only increase user frustration because no one in the industry can seem to get on the same page. And yes, my cable TV now has nice things like On Demand and a searchable guide and high definition (which often looks terrible anyway due to lousy compression) but are these features worth it if the cable box locks up and prevents me from even watching TV? And of course my PC is 1000 times more capable than what I had 10 years ago and when it works right it's a multi-tasking miracle but it's getting harder and harder to diagnose the issues that can occur.

I'm not a Luddite. I guess I'm just getting tired of incompetent firmware developers. Maybe that's what it all boils down to. Is firmware getting too complicated to handle or are people no longer going to school to learn how to do this stuff properly? Or both?

Sorry. I'm just getting fed up.

Shane

Everyone needs to be aware that this is all NEW technology! It does take time to work bugs out. Trial and error are the best tools available. I personal own a samsung blu-ray player. Originally, it would have freeze ups(only around/after 9pm)! Most people think it
is the player. Beleive it or not, its the internet connection! If you chose a "cheaper" internet plan with your internet company, odds are, it is causing your problems! After switching to a faster package, "all" the problem disappeared(for me)! I have NEVER done any updates on mine! Mainly because of all the problems I read online about upgrading. My moto is, if its not broke, dont fix it! I upgraded my internet 2 months ago and have'nt had a single problem since. If you are having problems, samsung has a trick that may help your situation! To "reset" your player, turn the player on. Hold down power button for 15 seconds. Next, unplug the unit and this time hold the power button again for 15 seconds. Now plug back in and see if problem is resolved!
Most people dont know this but some BIG surprises are headed to netflix!!!!! Its only a matter of time untill all the big names jump on this wagon!

Vito

Claims that DRM does "nothing" to discourage casual piracy are ridiculous. I know many people who do pirate when its easy, and don't pirate when its hard, and every single one of those people represent dollars going to the content owners. If you want to lash out at someone, lash out on all the miscreants in our society who would rather take what they want rather than pay what the owner is willing to sell it for. If consumers could be trusted to be honest and trustworthy, then there would be no need for DRM, just like if citizens could be trusted to be honest and trustworthy, then there would be no need for door-locks.

BoB

@Vito,

YOU assume that the casual pirate will buy if they can't pirate. This is the same twisted theory that the MPAA & RIAA use.

Not true. Just because some will pirate if they can does NOT mean they will buy it if they can't!

It's all a bunch of financial mumbo-jumbo. You cannot translate pirate "dollars" into retail dollars.

Andrew

Lot of people don't have the $15 to $25 to buy a movie... that is why I use netflix,redbox, and other ways to watch my movies. Now with netflix offering more streaming I will be able to possibly get rid of using other means to watch movies.

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