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Samsung Working to Fix Blu-ray Firmware Problems

Samsung Electronics is reportedly finalizing a new firmware upgrade that will allow owners of the BD-Px600 Blu-ray Disc player to watch select studio movies.

Problems arose following installation of firmware v2.09 in the 2009 player that resulted in playback problems only for Blu-ray titles from Warner Home Video and Universal Studios Home Entertainment, according to forum posts at CNET and

In a statement, Samsung said it apologized for inconvenience and expects the new firmware to available by September.

In April, Samsung experienced similar playback issues on the BD-UP5000 and BD-P1400 players with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment’s behemoth release Avatar, which were solved with a firmware upgrade.

Consumer electronics manufacturers, via an Ethernet connection, often issue firmware upgrades that enable select devices, including Blu-ray players, to adapt to evolving technologies.

Bill Hunt, editor of, said it’s not surprising technical glitches occur considering the interactive “bells and whistles” included on most Blu-ray Discs.

“Yeah, it happens occasionally … I’m not sure if it’s some specific type of BD Live or BD Java code those studios are using … or if it’s a copy protection thing,” Hunt said.