Where Can I Get Blu-Ray Firmware Updates?
And What Are They, Anyway?
(Originally Printed 9/4 In Our Free Newsletter.  Sign-Up Today!)

 

As it turns out, all of these great advances Blu-Ray offers do come with a bit a downside for those who would prefer for their technology to be hands off. This downside comes in the form of the need for continual Firmware Updates.

Unlike DVDs, Blu-Ray allows for content providers to continue adding new features as well as new varieties of copyright protection to the discs they produce. Because these features and protections are added after players are already on the market, these players are left incompatible with these new discs.

This is where the need for Firmware Updates comes in. After these discs are released, manufactures take note of incompatibilities and make Firmware Updates available that allow players to properly read and decode the new features and protections. This is much like updating the software on your computer.

Here's where you can find your Firmware Updates:

DenonDENON:
DVD-1800BD, DVD-2500BTCI, DVD-3800BDCI, and DVD-A1UDCI:
Firmware updates are made available in the Product Updates & Upgrades section of the Denon website. Select your model from the pulldown menu, enter the serial number (found on the back of the player and outside of the player's box), and press "GO". You will be redirected to a page with the current firmware as well as directions for the update procedure.

DBP-1610 and DBP-2010CI:
Firmware updates are downloaded from Denon via the Ethernet port on the back of the player. First, verify that the player's Ethernet port is connected to your home network and the internet by extension. Then, with the player in "STOP" mode, press the setup button on the Universal or Denon Blu-Ray remote. Navigate to the menu tab "Others" and select it. Make sure "Network Connection" is listed as "Enabled". If not, select "Network Connection" and adjust it so that it lists "Enabled". Then select "Network Update" and follow the directions on the screen.

DBP-4010UDCI:
Same as DBP-1610 and DBP-2010CI up to selecting the menu tab "Others". After selecting "Others", navigate down to "Firmware Update" and follow the directions on the screen.

ElitePioneer:
Updated firmware and update procedure for all models can be downloaded from the support section of the Pioneer website.

2009-10 models can also be updated via the Ethernet port like the latest Denon players. From "STOP" mode press the "HOME MENU" button. Navigate down and select "OPTIONS". Select "SOFTWARE UPDATE" and follow on-screen directions. Remember, your player must be connected to your home network to update in this manner. If it is not, download from support as mentioned above.

SamsungSamsung:
Updated firmware and update procedure for all models can be downloaded from the support section of the Samsung website. Enter model number in the box titled "Search Product Support" and press "See All Results". This will take you to a support page for your player. Select the "Downloads" tab and then select "Firmware". This will take you to a page where you can download the latest firmware as well as upgrade procedure instructions.

Models BD-P1200 and on can also be updated via the Ethernet port like the latest Denon and Pioneer players. From "STOP" mode press the "MENU" button. Navigate down and select "SET-UP". Select "UPGRADE START" or "SYSTEM UPDATE" and follow on-screen directions. Remember, your player must be connected to your home network to update in this manner. If it is not, download from support as mentioned above.
 
 
Article written by Matt Barber © 2009 Premier Electronic Solutions