In other words, Firmware is classified as existing in the realm between true hardware and true software.With many electronics products now incorporating similar controller chips that are used in PCs, the concept of firmware has transferred over to products, such as, Blu-ray disc players, video projectors, DVD players, and home theater receivers.So if you're choosing between a 0 Apple TV, or a 0 Blu-ray player, the latter will likely look better, and, you know, play discs.
I have also included a new link to the BD P1500 firmware.
Here's CNET's page on Best Network Video Streamers article.
In my testing, Blu-ray players have better scalers, making the best out of Netflix's mediocre picture quality.
In order to install a firmware update in this fashion, the device (usually most Blu-ray Disc Players, Network Media Player/Extender, Internet-Enabled TV, or Network capable Home Theater Receiver with a built-in network connection) is able to access and download the needed update directly from a special website file created by the product manufacturer.
This is easiest option, as all the user has to do is go to the correct site and get access to the download. In the case of DVD or Blu-ray Disc players, the user may also download the firmware update from a special website or page to a PC, extract the files and then burn a CD, DVD, or USB flash drive (whichever the user is instructed to do).