Blu-ray Players Have Problems With Pirates of the Caribbean Discs

If you've just purchased the first two Pirates movies on Blu-ray in order to get psyched up for the third one, you probably came up with a whole lot less Johnny Depp and a whole lot more firmware problems than you expected. Apparently at least two players—Samsung's BD-P1200 and Sony's BDP-S1—have difficulty playing back the first two movies, thanks to outdated BD java. And by difficulty, we mean they throw up their hands and give up like a fat man at the starting line of a 10K.

Firmware to the rescue? Yes.

Samsung's already released a firmware update here, which fixes the problem. You can either burn the firmware update onto CD or download it via the BD-P1200's LAN connection. Which brings us to another point. Why isn't Ethernet in the Blu-ray part of the manditory spec?

The Sony BDP-S1 is one of the few players that doesn't have an Ethernet port. Unlike HD DVD, which makes Internet connectivity mandatory, Blu-ray doesn't tells player makers to go nuts and put it in if they want. That means disc manufacturers can't count on the Ethernet being there for firmware updates (well, individual companies can, because they can make all their players Ethernet-enabled). And I don't think Blu-ray content producers are going to count on hardware that isn't in every set. This is why we favor the HD DVD spec as a hardware platform, which requires many more things in the spec, so developers can count on the hardware support. Blu ray is just plain lucky for all that studio support.

Firmware Update [Samsung]

Sony Firmware [Sony]