Friday, September 21, 2007

Toshiba (Europe) Updates Firmware of HD-E1, HD-EP10 & HD-XE1 to v2.2

Toshiba Europe has released the v2.2 firmware update for HD-E1, HD-EP10 & HD-XE1 HD DVD players sold in the European region. Support for 1080p/24Hz video output is not provided with this update. It can be expected on the next firmware update.

Similar to the v2.2 firmware updates that was released for HD-A2, HD-A20 and HD-XA2 HD DVD players last month, this firmware update improves network connectivity for supporting the download of web-enabled network content associated with certain HD DVD discs, and also addresses certain disc playback and HDMI/DVI related issues identified by Toshiba.

Blood Diamond, 300 and Heroes: Season 1 are those HD DVD titles that will have web-enabled extras.

Important Note: Certain HD DVD discs may contain or have the capability of downloading studio-provided, web-enabled network content. To minimize any potential compatibility and/or connectivity issues, before viewing such content, it is recommended that you perform the firmware update process to ensure that your HD DVD player is using the latest firmware version.

There are currently two known ways to get this official firmware update for the above-mentioned HD DVD players:

  • If you have broadband internet service, you may obtain the firmware update over the internet using the Ethernet port on the back of your HD DVD Player. Instructions for configuring the Ethernet port and downloading the firmware update can be found in the owner’s manual for your HD DVD Player. BEFORE BEGINNING THE FIRMWARE UPDATE PROCESS, BE SURE TO REMOVE ANY DISCS FROM YOUR HD DVD PLAYER.

  • If you do not have an Ethernet-based broadband connection for your player or prefer not to use one, you may contact Toshiba Customer Service and request that a firmware update disc be sent by mail. You can update the firmware using this update disc by following the instructions provided with the disc. DO NOT UNPLUG, TURN OFF, OR USE ANY OTHER FEATURE OF YOUR PLAYER DURING THE FIRMWARE UPDATE PROCESS.

Please first refer to the document Firmware Update Information for Owners of Toshiba HD DVD Players: Models HD-E1 and HD-XE1 [PDF File, In English] for full details of the update and upgrading instructions direct from Toshiba (Europe), before attempting to upgrade the firmware.

The above PDF document is also available in French, German, Italian & Spanish.



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