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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Samsung Blu-ray players appear to be malfunctioning for hundreds of users, and no one is sure what the issue is, ZDNet reported. Some users report their Blu-ray players get stuck in an endless reboot loop when they're switched on, others reported hearing a buzzing noise as if the device is trying to read a disk, but in many cases there's no disk in the machine.

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Think about this the next time you buy an Internet-connected appliance....

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-06-30 10:20 AM | Reply

btw, the current reporting is that the owners of the devices may need to send the unit back to Samsung to be repaired.

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-06-30 10:21 AM | Reply

More info...

Ask Hackaday: What Can Be Done With Your Bootlooping Blu-Ray?
hackaday.com

...Last Friday, thousands of owners of Samsung Blu Ray players found that their home entertainment devices would no longer boot up. While devices getting stuck in a power-cycling loop is not uncommon, this case stands out as it affected a huge range of devices all at the same time. Samsung's support forum paints a bleak picture, with one thread on the issue stretching to 177 pages in just a week.

So what is going on, and what can be done to fix the problem? There's a lot of conflicting information on that. Some people's gear has started working again, others have not and there are reports of customers being told to seek in-person repair service. Let's dive in with some wild speculation on the problem and circle back by commiserating about the woes of web-connected appliances....

When thousands of devices all fail at the same time, it tends to point to an external causal factor....


#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-06-30 05:11 PM | Reply

Sounds like a hacking or a deliberate design flaw.

#4 | Posted by a_monson at 2020-06-30 05:28 PM | Reply

The SSL certificate error is interesting, for the web-connected players, but that the error also occurs on devices not connected to the internet points to a calendar/expiration, possibly DRM issue?

From the comments section: "in the future we'll have hardware as a service.'"

Would hate to see it.

#5 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-06-30 05:34 PM | Reply

Y2K FINALLY STRIKES!

#6 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2020-06-30 11:11 PM | Reply

I always wondered why it was Y2K instead of Y2k. Y2Kelvin doesn't make any sense.

#7 | Posted by willowby at 2020-06-30 11:55 PM | Reply

someone at Apple or someone paid by Apple
gave them a Hackity, Hack, Hack, Hack...

#8 | Posted by earthmuse at 2020-07-01 08:35 AM | Reply

..When thousands of devices all fail at the same time, it tends to point to an external causal factor....
#3 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER AT 2020-06-30 05:11 PM

Excellent analysis. Can't Sumsung distribute an SSL update on disc since it's automatically initiating that process with all of these devices? Maybe a thumb drive version, etc, whatever port is noticed and acted upon first.

someone at Apple or someone paid by Apple
gave them a Hackity, Hack, Hack, Hack...
#8 | POSTED BY EARTHMUSE AT 2020-07-01 08:35 AM

Excellent guess. Espionage is king.

#9 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2020-07-01 07:45 PM | Reply

It sounds like the cert simply expired, and these machines went into production before anyone noticed.

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-07-01 08:17 PM | Reply

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