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peddie44's picture
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Firmware updates

This may be a stupid question but - is there any point in downloading firmware updates for TVs? Will there be any noticeable difference? I've got visions of my tv ending up with a virus off my pen drive and ending up breaking - then thinking why did I bother anyway..... (I've got a Sony HX803 btw)

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RE: Firmware updates

Firmware updates can be used to improve the performance of products, fix problems or add extra functionality. Those products connected to the internet will usually do this update automatically, while other vision products – set-top boxes and the like – can be sent 'over the air' updates piggybacked on the broadcast signal.

How worthwhile is it doing these updates? Well, it depends what the update brings: for example, the latest one for your series of TVs merely improves the set's performance with conditional access modules - the kind of smart card reader used in some regions for pay-TV. So probably not worth doing unless you use such a system.

However, if you haven't ever updated since buying the set, could be you've missed out on some more significant updates: it's worth using the update-checking routine described on the Sony website to see how far adrift you are of the latest firmware.

Is the update process likely to give your set a case of TVflu? Unlikely, assuming your computer and drive are scanned for viruses regularly, and even then only a virus targeted directly at the TV is going to cause any problem, and those are very rare. Virus-writers can cause mushc more damage elsewhere, so it's not worth their effort to target a few TVs.

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RE: Firmware updates

I would never trust a firmware update, after my experience with a certain Panasonic.  I get it with Blu-ray players but am very careful.

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RE: Firmware updates

Anyone any idea what the firmware update on my panny PZ81 about twelve months ago was, as i have no idea.

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