Report: Avatar Blu-ray causing problems with players

Report: Avatar Blu-ray causing problems with players

avatar_bdThis week, several consumer electronic integrators have complained the Avatar Blu-ray Disc has caused various problems for players.

The initial report is that two different Blu-ray players from different manufacturers won’t play standard DVDs after watching the Avatar Blu-ray. A message appears on screen saying, “this disk cannot be played.”

Others report firmware updates are needed to play the James Cameron movie, or it won’t play at all. Another reports DVDs play fine, but several other BDs won’t play.

One baffling report is the Avatar BD played through Crestron’s pricey ADMS-BR results in a pixelated mess.

Fox Home Entertainment seems to be the most persistent advocate of Blu-ray DRM, and several past releases have caused manufacturers to rush for firmware updates. It seems ridiculous that players have to be updated for specific titles.

Have you experienced any problems with the Avatar Blu-ray Disc?

About Steven Kippel

Steven Kippel has worked as a systems designer for a leading high-end audio/video custom integrator in Southern California since 2003. He is responsible for researching new technologies and integrating them into existing systems and new construction projects. He has designed several high-profile systems for discriminating clients on the cutting-edge of technology. When he is not hard at work, Steven is spending time with his wife, playing with his band or promoting concerts and bands in the Inland Empire. His favorite bands include The Cure, U2, Eisley, Living Sacrifice and DragonForce.

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2 Comments on “Report: Avatar Blu-ray causing problems with players”

  1. Used Pioneer BDP 320 and Sony player. Sony worked smoothly. Needed to update the pioneer before Avatar would play. Not easy process to create a disc for updating Pioneer player thru their website. Once updated worked well and no problems with subsequent movies on either player.

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