Samsung was the first to market with a Blu-ray player, but it hasn't exactly been a smooth ride. Home theater enthusiasts will undoubtedly remember the brouhaha over the first Blu-ray player, the Samsung BD-P1000, which was blamed for the initial lackluster video performance of Blu-ray (although, we always thought the fault lied more with poor movie transfers, rather than the BD-P1000). More recently, we've blogged the entire slate of firmware fixes Samsung has released to correct compatibility issues with certain discs on its entire line of Blu-ray players.
Apparently those firmware fixes aren't enough for everyone, as a class action complaint has been filed against Samsung for selling "defective" Blu-ray players--most notably the BD-P1200. The main complaint is that the BD-P1200 hasn't been able to play certain Blu-ray discs, and although it doesn't specify which movies, we personally have experienced issues with Live Free or Die Hard, Rescue Dawn, and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. Now Samsung certainly isn't the only company that has had to update its player to accommodate new releases, but the delays have certainly frustrated the early adopter community past their breaking point.
The latest firmware update for the BD-P1200 has supposedly fixed the issue, which definitely won't help the class-action complaint. Let's hope that Samsung gets the message that a Blu-ray player that doesn't play all Blu-ray movies just isn't acceptable. As Senior Editor John Falcone will be quick to point out, it's just another reason not to buy Blu-ray--yet.
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