I'm in the same exact boat. I own two Samsung HDTVs and a Samsung BD-P1590 Blu-ray player. I have the same issues with that dreaded firmware v2.09. IF this doesn't get resolved soon, I will never purchase Samsung products again.
This is my thread with a ton of responses here:
I usually don't join forums or complain about products online, but in this case I am making an exception. Having read CNet forums for years, I was compelled to share my own horrible experience with Samsung so other prospective buyers could save their time and money and purchase from a company that owns up to mistakes.
For the record, I own a Samsung television, two Samsung monitors, and a myriad Samsung gadgets. I always thought of Samsung as a top-tier company.
Late last year I decided to purchase a cheap blu-ray player. I rarely watch movies at home, but I thought it would be a nice addition to my home theater system, and that I could replace it with a better unit if I saw the need. I purchased the 1600P specifically because it was Samsung.
It worked fine for the first little while, until one day it prompted me to do an update. Thinking Samsung was a corporation run by professionals, I didn't think twice about telling it to do the update. That was the last time my blu-ray DVD player actually played blu-ray's. Since then, it will only play normal DVD's. I've since bought a replacement unit, from an actual reputable company that knows what they are doing, and I have this useless piece of garbage sitting in my closet.
On a whim, I decided one day to try to get it working. I've read almost every thread pertaining to this unit on this forum and tried every trick and suggestions offered. Nothing works.
If you are reading this and are thinking of purchasing a Samsung product, I strongly urge you to reconsider. Samsung has been utterly unhelpful with this, and has expected me to invest my own time into fixing the issue. It's simply not worth the time to download various firmwares and keep my fingers crossed. In fact, I have lost all faith in Samsung as a company and am not expecting any help in response to this post - I'm simply trying to make sure other people don't get ripped off.
For the record, every single customer who looks at a Samsung product in my store gets to hear about my experience with Samsung. Most decide on a different product. It's simply bad business, for the few dollars it would have cost to replace these faulty units Samsung is losing many customers. The sad part is, my unit is still under "warranty" and I have my receipts and packaging... but I'm expected to find a local depot and pay for the shipping? Right.
Good job Samsung, you managed to turn a long-term client into a disgruntled customer. I hope the few bucks you saved on this was worth all the bad press.
If anyone is legitimately considering purchasing a Samsung product, please feel free to contact me and I'll reply just to let you know this isn't some kind of smear company by a competitor.