Samsung gots some ‘splaining to do over defective Blu-ray players

Blu-ray may be at the cusp of victory over HD DVD in the next-gen format war—especially with Netflix’s decision to stop offering HD DVD rentals—but some of the decisions its backers made in the format’s infancy may be coming back to haunt them. A Connecticut man has filed a lawsuit against Samsung and a bunch of John Does in federal court over what he calls the “defective” Samsung BD-P1200 Blu-ray player.

At issue are some significant title-compatibility problems with the player. In his complaint, plaintiff Bob McGovern says that a number of movies he purchased after buying his BD-P1200 wouldn’t play on the device. He also accuses Samsung of failing to offer firmware updates to remedy the problem, saying that the consumer electronics giant “does not intend to provide future firmware updates or otherwise repair” the problematic player. (link)

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