I've owned a Sony DVP-S560D player for several years, and have been completely satisfied, with the exception of one big (and getting bigger) problem. More and more often, I cannot get through an entire movie without the video freezing, skipping or otherwise seizing up. When this first started happening, I thought that maybe it was just the disc (like it was a scratched or dirty disc, or one with compatibility problems). But since it's happening with so many movies now, it has become clear that it's a problem with the player.
It seems to usually happen pretty far into the film, as if maybe the player gets overwhelmed after a couple of hours of playing a disc. But then again, I just put in The Two Towers after not playing any DVDs for over a week, and went straight to the end (the chapter where Sam and Frodo are in Osgiliath). The same problem happened right away (which was the same place where the problem occurred when I watched the disc from the beginning).
Is it just time to buy a new player? Maybe mine is growing obsolete, and can't handle the latest discs..... Any info or recommendations are welcome. Has anyone heard anything about the class action lawsuit in the works against Sony for this and similar DVD players?
[I did a search on this topic here at DVDTalk.com, but didn't find anything. If this issue has already been addressed, I'd appreciate any links to other threads.]