… should they be avoided? I only ask because I can get one such player for redicucheap (Philips) and I’m told that even the best players still require the occasional firmware update to play certain movies (this is disconcerting).
I guess what I’m really asking is, does anyone here have such a player, and if so, is updating the firmware generally as simple as burning it to a DVD-RW and playing it? Or should I really just drop the extra cash on a player with ethernet, because there’s even better reasons I haven’t EVEN covered (BD-live is bitchin?)?
I have a Sharp Blu-Ray player, and had to update the Firmware for the first time just last week. (For the Max Payne movie, of all things.) Anyway, mine’s got a USB port, so I just had to download the file on my PC, put it on the thumb drive, plug that into the player, and go through its menu options to begin the software update. The whole process took maybe ten minutes.
My advice would be to look into how the firmware updates are handled on the Philips player, since you’re probably going to have to do it eventually.