Samsung Owner Bites Back
Many a Blu-ray supporter will argue that evolving specifications are a means to a better end, and point to DVD as proof of this claim thanks to DVD’s evolution that allowed for dual layered discs, and various compression/bitrate improvements. However, we’ve always felt that Blu-ray and DVD are far different in their evolving specifications and that these differences could lead to a slew of legacy issues, some of which have already been seen with the introduction of the first BD+ titles.
Enter the first class action lawsuit against a Blu-ray manufacturer, Samsung. The case which is being spearheaded by plaintiff Robert T. McGovern — a P1200 owner — claims that his inability to watch a number of Blu-ray titles was at the fault of the manufacturer or due to the defective design of the player. The lawsuit was filed earlier in the week, and shortly after Wired’s article went live, Samsung officially announced that they were "ready" with a slew of firmware upgrades that would aid in, and improve "movie compatibility."
Surely the lighting of the proverbial fire under Samsung’s ass, via the class action lawsuit, probably had a little something to do with their announcement, but to be fair, three of the firmware updates are already available, although the BD-P1200 (the plaintiff’s unit) firmware update only arriving a few days ago, February 5th.
At the end of the day, we’re still a bit peeved that the evolving Blu-ray specifications/profiles will ultimately leave many users in the dust, should they ever care to use the advanced interactivity/downloadable content that current/future revisions promise, but it’s nice to see that people have taken it upon themselves to make their consumer voice heard, something that everyone, regardless of their format of choice, should take very seriously.
McGovern stands to remind us all that although we may only be pawns in their grand scheme for format domination, we surely don’t have to be screwed in the process.
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