It’s been a long while, but we’ve been thoroughly tickled pink with our BDP-S360 Blu-ray™ Disc Player from Sony.
Quality has been awesome at full HD 1080p and it was a real steal at the price we paid to join the HD/Blu-ray crowd.
Only issue is that when I purchased and played the Blu-ray edition of Leap Year quite some time ago, when it reached a climactic scene near the end of the movie in the pub, I would experience extreme pixilation, playback freeze, and then a crash. Mashing on the FF button usually kept it alive though the process but would jump to the end of the movie.
I kept looking for reports of bad-disk manufacturing error, but hadn’t found any. The disk was clean and had no visible scratches or blemishes that might have interfered with play-back as far as I could tell.
So while researching another (unrelated) Blu-ray thing, it struck me that maybe the device codecs/DRM information might need to be updated on the Sony appliance.
I knew from the get-go that the unit came with a Ethernet port and could have the firmware updated either “on-line” or via manual burn & play of a firmware update CD. When checked, it was sitting on version .002 as loaded at the factory.
I don’t keep it attached to the network so I had to temporarily string my super-long Cat-6 GeekSquad patch cord down the hall to plug in.
Following the on-line information on this Sony eSupport - BDP-S360-specific page, I
- Checked the Current Firmware Version (yep was as .002 and Sony offering .008 as most current), then,
- Followed the Network Upgrade Instructions
About 5-10 minutes later the system powered off after downloading and applying the firmware update.
With Alvis carefully shadowing me and providing additional guidance and encouragement, I powered it back on and re-tested my LeapYear Blu-ray disk and popped over to that chapter section of the disk that always caused the player to bork-out.
So, lesson learned, if you have a Blu-ray player and it supports updating of the firmware, and you are experiencing play-back issues with disks, seriously consider checking your firmware version and update if available.
It might really spare you unnecessary aggravation.