The firmware is out and now all Samsung Blu-ray players should be able to enjoy 'Avatar.'
Early Samsung players – the BD-UP5000 and the BD-P1400 – had a bit of an issue with 'Avatar' when it came out on Blu-ray. Because of a new digital rights management (DRM) technology, the movie just plain wouldn't play on those earlier players.
Thanks to a pair of firmware updates, the issue has now been resolved. If you own one of the two problematic players, you can jump onto Samsung's site, download and install the appropriate firmware, and you're good to go.
What looked like a big compatibility problem is now a non-issue. But there's still a lingering question of just how long firmware updates will be able to future proof older players.