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Old 01-05-2013, 03:42 AM   #1
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Don't know what the hell is going on, but my Sony BDP-BX2 has decided to stop playing Casino Royale and the Extended Editions of the LORD OF THE RINGS films.

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Old 01-05-2013, 07:07 PM   #2
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Also not playing Star Trek II, Quantum of Solace and War Horse.
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:14 AM   #3
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I have the Sony BDP-S360 and it sounds like you're having the same problem that I've been having with this player of mine. Your Blu-ray player was released in 2009 and I'm thinking that it either needs to be professionally clean or that you need to replace your Blu-ray player.

My S360 has worked well for a good number of years but that I'm thinking an upgrade to a new Blu-ray player is needed. You might want to think about upgrading to a new Blu-ray player.
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Old 05-09-2013, 01:20 PM   #4
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This is one of the main problems I have with the BD format. You're seeing more and more cases like this and it's purely unacceptable. Having to buy a new player every few years is a load of crap in my book.

At least with DVD, you put the disc in and it played.
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:24 PM   #5
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Replacing a DVD player or a Blu-ray player is just par for the course. While I agree that it's unacceptable, at least the old Blu-ray player I have still plays DVDs and I'll pass that off to my brother.

It happens. I had my Blu-ray player for about five years and it's a miracle it lasted as long as it did. It comes with the territory. YOu can either pay someone a fortune to professionally clean out your Blu-ray player, for as much as it would cost to buy an affordable Blu-ray player, or you can simply purchase a new one.

Long as the DVD or Blu-ray player plays my disks, I just don't figure I need all of the bells and whistles that go along with it.
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:28 AM   #6
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Having to buy a new player every few years is a load of crap in my book.

At least with DVD, you put the disc in and it played.
Completely agree and it's the main reason I held off on switching to Blu-Ray for so long. Just last month I took my old DVD player and put it in my daughters room............it's the one and only DVD player I've ever owned and it was bought in August of '99. It still works fine, I've never had one bit of trouble with it despite playing thousands upon thousands of hours of films. I suspect it will still be alive and kicking even after I have to replace my brand new Sony Blu-Ray player. That old Panasonic A-120 was an awesome machine in its time, I definitely got my moneys worth when I bought that thing.
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:09 AM   #7
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Don't know what the hell is going on, but my Sony BDP-BX2 has decided to stop playing Casino Royale and the Extended Editions of the LORD OF THE RINGS films.
So, you previously did play these 2 BDs & now you cannot?

If so, it is not a FW issue. I assume the discs are clean & unscratched.

I am going through a similar experience with my Panasonic DMP BD80.

Played hundreds of BDs for 4 years & a month ago would not load one title (Point Blank) took disc back to store & it played on their Sony but, exchanged it anyway & the new copy also would not play. Last night I tried to play a new BD, 12 Angry Men, same issue!

Tonight, I just received my Maxell blu-ray lens cleaner (has tiny brushes) It "cleaned" & then I tried both non-playable discs & no effect at all.

Panasonic has not answered my email.

I suspect that more & more discs will not be able to load/play.

I will buy a new player (Oppo BDP 103) but I'm angry.

This refusal to load/play certain discs after a few years is apparently a major problem with most if not all BD players.
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:31 PM   #8
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I have the original release of Casino Royale and that doesn't work any more. I've tried it with 3 SONY players, a PS3 and a Samsung and they say the disc isn't valid.

SONY refuse to admit that the disc might be faulty which I think is disgraceful considering I've watched it twice. The disc is immaculate. SONY implied I'd damaged the disc on non-compliant equipment which is absolute nonsense!

I've got a Toshiba player downstairs and I think I'll try it on that.
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I'm starting to hear more stories about new BDs that won't play & existing BDs in a collection that no longer play despite being clean & scratch free.

The reason may not be the same in every instance.

Older players no longer getting FW updates from the manufacturer will lead to new copy protection stopping playing of new releases. Forcing one to buy a new player.

Dusty/dirty laser lens causing problems with select discs--not sure why not all discs.

Failing BD player (laser going 'bad' causing problems with select discs--not sure why not all discs.

The disc itself going bad! Not sure this can happen w/o the appearance of the disc being very different but unsure.

I wonder if this typically happens with movies loaded with BD live content that slow the loading/reading when 1st load the disc. I know some BDs like Starship Troopers require an SD card in some players or it will not play. Sometimes that SD card is full or needs reformatting or the disc won't play.
This has happened with my Panasonic DMP BD80.

I'm upgrading to the Oppo BDP 103 & hope that I have at least 5 years of use w/o issues. Would prefer even longer.

Maybe someone can start a thread: "Cannot play new BD or old BD that previously played" Then people can post which BD, which player & what troubleshooting steps they took & what was the result. Tried in another player & played or also didn't play, exchanged the disc & the new one played or also didn't play. Cleaned the laser manually or with a cleaning disc & did that fix issue. Had player repaired, Bought new player (I suspect this will be the most common)

But where would such a new thread best go? Probably under Blu-ray Players & recorders even though in some cases the problem was a faulty disc.

I do think that some players handle scratches better than other players.

I will start the thread.
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I've got a Toshiba player downstairs and I think I'll try it on that.
Tried Casino Royale on the Toshiba and like the other players it said it was an invalid disc.
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Old 05-12-2013, 05:52 PM   #11
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What error messages are you getting if any?

Do you have the latest firmware installed? If so, try rolling back to the previous version.

Another member, just yesterday, was having issues playing his Stand By Me release on all of his Sony players. When he tried installing the previous firmware release all of the sudden the disc played fine. Go figure.

But it could also mean the blue laser is starting to go in your player.
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But it could also mean the blue laser is starting to go in your player.
I've searched w/o success for any documentation of this. I am NOT saying it is not true. If a laser is in the early stages of failing, maybe it cannot read certain discs but reads others just fine.

See my new thread:
http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread....73#post7535773

There is much info on various playability problems scattered in many different threads.

I had (incorrectly?) thought the 'cannot read disc' issue was due to failure to update FW. New copy protection on a newer release. Or rarely, a defective disc that looked scratch & smudge free. Especially when all other discs appear to play just fine.

Now, I wonder about early symptoms of laser failure or some other failure w/in the BD player. So, if you played 300 BDs & now you are beginning to have trouble with one or a few discs, are you sure your collection of 300 will all still load/play? I suspect they all will not. If the issue turns out to be your player. Maybe certain discs with much BD Live content that take longer to load anyway cause non-read issues when a laser begins to 'go?'

Then there is the issue of manufacturers not continuing to provide FW updates to older models. Also, SD cards may need reformatting due to being full or corrupted.
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