Anybody who has a Sony PlayStation 3 knows all about software and firmware updates. Every month or two, Sony sends out an update notification telling users that it's time to head over to the update section of the menu and wait 10 minutes to an hour to download and install the latest features, bug fixes, and what-have-you.
Personal computers have been doing the same thing for years, via Windows Update for example, and now that the PS3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii are Internet-enabled, it seems that game consoles are also firmly aboard the update bandwagon.
The same goes for TiVo, cable boxes, and satellite receivers, the latter of which are updated so frequently that as reviewers, we find it impossible to keep up--despite two major updates of the Dish Network DVR review and three of the DirecTV DVR review, firmware and software updates have made those reviews increasingly out of date. I think HDTVs that connect to the Internet should also allow firmware updates.… Read more