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Avatar continues to rake in truckloads of cash
Fans with some Samsung Blu-ray players may not be able to watch

Avatar became the highest grossing film ever when it hit theaters last year. The film drew huge crowds and while it lined the coffers of 20th Century Fox and the wallet of James Cameron, the movie drew lots of interest to 3D in theaters and homes. Even though the film garnered lots of fans, it also had a few critics including the U.S. Marine Corps.

20th Century Fox has announced that Avatar is the best selling movie in America on both Blu-ray and DVD. The film is also the best selling Blu-ray movie of all time with 2.7 million copies sold in only four days on store shelves in North America alone. The previous record was 2.5 million units. 

In all,
Avatar has sold 6.5 million copies (DVD + Blu-ray) since it launched on Thursday of last week. The downside to the popularity of Avatar on Blu-ray is that some buyers of the movie are finding that the Blu-ray disc won’t play on some players on the market.

The specific player cited in reports is the Samsung BD-UP5000. The reason the player reportedly can’t play
Avatar is because of a firmware update that is missing and needed by the device. Other Samsung Blu-ray players are also facing the same issue. Presumably, Samsung will be rushing the update out for the players since the Avatar is so popular.

Some users are claiming that it's not a firmware issue, but some sort of DRM issue with the movie itself pointing the finger at 20th Century Fox rather than Samsung.

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By Gio6518 on 4/26/2010 12:13:03 PM , Rating: 2
Some users are claiming that it's not a firmware issue, but some sort of DRM issue with the movie itself pointing the finger at 20th Century Fox rather than Samsung.

I had problems playing this movie also froze up in the middle of the movie updated the firmware and problem fixed

RE: Problems
By dome1234 on 4/26/2010 12:27:04 PM , Rating: 3
which player do you have? it was posted in forums that pioneer, denon and samsung players are affected. Updates for pioneer (some models)is available and samsung's updates is coming soon.

it seems the problem is the latest encryption that fox used for avatar, thus requires an update.

RE: Problems
By Gio6518 on 4/26/2010 1:36:55 PM , Rating: 2
which player do you have?

Sony BDP-S500

RE: Problems
By Bateluer on 4/26/2010 8:27:30 PM , Rating: 2
DRM strikes again?

RE: Problems
By Silver2k7 on 4/27/2010 12:58:33 PM , Rating: 2
hmm watched it on a Playstation 3, its wierd that a console game should work better than a dedicated unit.

RE: Problems
By RjBass on 4/26/2010 1:17:13 PM , Rating: 2
I had problems as well, but it wasn't just with Avatar. My Samsung player has issues with most Blu-Ray disk. I have to first load a standard DVD, then eject it and then load the Blu-Ray disk. All works well then. Every time I try to update the firmware it says no update is available.

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