I already own a Sony Blu-ray player and update it whenever i notice there's an update available. I've always assumed the updates were for the player itself. So if Sony decided to add feature X or Y to their players, all they would need to do is put it in an update. Or if they wanted to fix a bug/glitch, they do that through an update. However, today my brother told me something slightly contrary that he heard from a friend as well as a salesman.
According to my brother's "buddy" and the "expert" at Sears, the Blu-ray technology itself is frequently improved and added upon as well as made more anti-piracy as time goes on. The updates are for the players, but for the technology also. The "expert" at Sears even went as far to say that it's possible to buy a Blu-ray player and a Blu-ray movie on the same day and not be able to play it if you don't have the right updates installed on the player. Basically, if you buy a player today, and never connect it to the internet for updates, one day you'll be unable to play Blu-rays. My brother is convinced he has to have the internet in order to use a Blu-ray player for the long-term.
This sounds like complete nonsense to me. I mean, I'm willing to accept that I'm wrong, but this just seems a little too far out for me to accept. I also just flat out don't trust most of what the salespeople at big box electronics stores have to say. (There's been far too many times when they've told me something that I know to be wrong.) I love my brother, but everyone in our family knows he greatly exaggerates or just flat out lies about a lot of things. So I'm always skeptical about things he says that don't seem quite right.
My question is, do any of you know if this is true? Do you HAVE to update Blu-ray players just to watch Blu-rays?