An unfortunate rumor surfaced yesterday that Oppo Digital has been strong-armed into stripping the ability to access ISO files from an attached hard drive from their two very popular Bluray players, the BDP-93 and BDP-95. No official word from Oppo yet, but the assumption is that someone with industry heft didn’t like this.
This ability was added to the players with the 52-0707 Firmware released on July 13, 2011. The feature was never officially claimed by Oppo, making it easy to strip away without resultant returns for failing to provide advertised features. Even the firmware release changelog makes no mention of it.
The featured allowed access ripped Bluray, 3D Bluray, DVD, even DVD-Audio discs (with the right software) stored as ISO files on a hard drive attached with USB or eSata. The net effect is accessing complete discs, with navigation menus, trailers, and anything else on the original, without ever opening the tray of the player.
This morning I turned off Firmware Update notification in my 93. I won’t be updating my player at all unless a release is confirmed by others to NOT strip this feature. I have spent considerable time ripping all of my DVD-Audio discs to ISO.
I guess I will be giving up on the hope that Oppo would one day add such support to SACD ISO files. I’m glad I didn’t buy an old PS3 yet.
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I received a reply from Oppo support this afternoon. Their response is below.
The removal or addition of any features is always considered when we are designing new firmware releases. Unfortunately at this time we can’t discuss what will be in the next firmware release until the firmware has been finalized and is awaiting to be released to the general public.
If ISO support were to be removed, it would be clearly listed in our Release Notes for any firmware release. Although ISO was never officially supported by us, it is a feature which we know is used by many customers and is seen as desirable. We would never remove any feature without giving our customers full warning and disclosure, regardless of the of, or lack thereof, official support.
OPPO Digital, Inc.
2629B Terminal Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043