This is called updating the firmware, and while it’s vital to the continued performance of your Blu-ray player, shockingly, sometimes it’s not possible.

Some manufacturers will take positive advantage of this, and add new features to their players.

Oppo has done this well in the past, adding support for network streaming of audio and video, as well as support for additional streaming formats.

It also allows Netflix and other streaming companies to update their capabilities and have Blu-ray players take advantage of it.

One of the major reasons for firmware updates, though, is copy protection.

With DVD, the copy protection scheme was compromised shortly after release.

This let people rip bit-perfect copies of their DVD discs and distribute them online.

With Blu-ray, they wanted to prevent this and introduced more extensive copy protection.

Some players are capable of automatic firmware updates via the LAN connection.

If the LAN cable is connected, each time you power on your player it will advise you if a firmware update is available.

Follow the on-screen instructions for udpating the player.

With all the features and copy protection on Blu-ray discs, players need routine updating to be compatible with new titles.