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Dune HD Base

Version "110606_1315" (the latest stable version)
Download: dune_firmware_hdbase_sony_110606_1315.dff (ZIP)
Changes since 110511_2007_beta:
* Bugfix: Weather application settings did not work in some cases.

* Bugfix: Specific DVD-Video discs could not be played correctly.

* Bugfix: NTSC/PAL detection could be handled wrongly during DVD-Video

* Bugfix: Wrong audio channel could be chosen when switching channels
  during MPEG2-TS/IPTV playback.

* Bugfix: Playback of video streams from network could hang in specific
  rare cases.

* Some interface languages updated. 

* Some other improvements/fixes.

Version "110511_2007_beta" (BETA version)
Download: dune_firmware_hdbase_sony_110511_2007_beta.dff (ZIP)
Changes since 110225_1222:
* Completely new graphical interface.
   - New background image, new icons, more advanced graphics for all GUI
     elements (glasses, dialogs, controls, OSD, etc).
   - Animation effects.
      - NOTE: it is recomended to use 50/60Hz video mode as the default
        video mode in order to ensure smooth animation.
      - NOTE: animation effects can be disabled in Setup / Appearance.
   - Improved text look.
      - The space between characters and the width of whitespace character
   - Ability to create and install custom GUI skins.
      - More information: http://dune-hd.com/support/skins
   - Ability to switch GUI skins on-the-fly.
      - GUI skins can be switched via the setting "Setup / Appearance /
        Skin", or via "B" RC button on the main screen (and also via "ZOOM"
        RC button on any screen).

* New tab-based main menu interface.
   - All items from the main menu are now grouped into the
     following top-level folders:
      - "Sources": locally attached storage devices, configured network
        folders, and "Network Browser" function.
      - "TV": TV services (when available).
      - "Favorites": shortcuts to favorite items (previously
        known as "items added to main screen").
      - "Applications": all other applications and services.
      - "Setup": player settings.
   - By default, all top-level folders are now represented as "tabs" at the
     top of the screen.
      - In Setup / Appearance, the user can switch between the following
        styles of the main menu:
         - "Tabs": the new default menu style ("tabs" at the top of the
         - "Folders": show all top-level folders as regular folders in
           the main area.
         - "Plain": do not group main screen items into folders (the
           same behavior as in previous firmware versions).

* Added widget for showing weather and current date/time information.
   - The widget is shown at the top right corner of the screen (in the main
     menu only, not during playback).
   - The widget can be configured or disabled via "Setup / Applications /
   - NOTE: When no information is available (e.g. when Internet connection
     is not available), the widget shows Dune HD logo.

* Various other user interface improvements.
   - Added more predefined icon-based view modes for folders: 3x2, 3x3,
     4x2, view modes with right panel.
      - "Extended list" view mode is renamed to "List with right panel".
   - Added the ability to quickly switch between view modes by pressing "A"
     RC button.
      - Debug dump function (which was previously available via triple
        press of "A" RC button) is now available via tripple press of
        "PAUSE" RC button.
   - "Add to favorites" function can be quickly called by "D" RC button.
   - "Copy" and "Paste" functions can be quickly called by "B" and "C" RC
   - The help line at the bottom of the screen indicates currently
     available shortcut RC buttons ("A", "B", "C", "D", "POP UP") and their
   - When launching the playback, "ENTER" RC button now works as "PLAY" by
     default, i.e. builds a playlist consisting of all items in the current
     folder and starts the playback of the currently selected item.
     Usually, this improves the conveniency when the folder contains
     multiple items (e.g. photos, music files, series, links to Internet
     radio stations, links to TV channels, etc). The old behavior (do not
     build the playlist, play just the selected item) can be restored via
     settings (see "Setup / Advanced / File Browser").
   - The current folder path at the top of the screen is now always shown
     as just single line (with scrolling when the path is too long).
   - Bugfix: "TOP MENU" RC button did not work in some Setup screens.

* Added support for CUE-sheet playlist files.
   - When playing an audio file, is there is an associated CUE-sheet file
     (should have the same filename as the audio file, but with ".cue"
     extension), the CUE-sheet file is automatically used.
   - "PREV"/"NEXT" RC buttons allow to switch between tracks.
   - The OSD menu ("POP UP MENU" RC button) allows to see the list of
     tracks and switch to the desired track.
   - When the playlist contains multiple audio files, CUE-sheet files are
     also detected and used for each audio file (the detection is performed
     when an audio file starts to play for the first time). The OSD menu
     groups all tracks by the corresponding files.
   - Also added support for built-in CUE-sheets in FLAC, APE and WavPack

* Added support for chapters in MKV files.
   - "PREV"/"NEXT" RC buttons allow to switch between chapters.
   - The OSD menu ("POP UP MENU" RC button) allows to see the list of
     chapters and switch to the desired chapter.
   - When the playlist contains multiple MKV files, chapters are also
     detected and used for each MKV file (the detection is performed when a
     MKV file starts to play for the first time). The OSD menu groups all
     chapters by the corresponding files.

* New version of DVD engine.
   - The new version of the DVD engine adds the support for multiangle
     feature and improves the support for DVD-Video discs with advanced
     DVD-menu and interactive features.
   - If needed, the old version of the DVD engine may be chosen via Setup /
     Miscellaneous / System / DVD engine.

* Added settings for preferred languages of disc menu, audio track,
   - See "Setup / Playback / Language".
   - Supported for BD/DVD-Video discs/images and files.
   - NOTE: The default value of these language settings is "English". So,
     if there are several audio or subtitles tracks and the "English" one
     is not the first one, it will be automatically chosen (instead of
     choosing the first track, as it took place previously).
   - Also added a new setting (see "Setup / Playback / Subtitles") which
     allows to enable subtitles by default not only for files, but also for
     DVD-Video discs/images.

* Various playback improvements.
   - General improvements for playback of HTTP audio streams (such as
     Internet radio stations).
   - CD audio playback improvements: faster startup and gapless playback.
   - Improvement: for autoframerate function, non-standard framerates
     between 23.976Hz and 24Hz are now treated as 23.976Hz (rather than
   - Bugfix: Viewing photos from a UPnP source did not work (the problem
     introduced in previous firmware versions).
   - Bugfix: Unsupported REW (fast rewind) command for TS files was wrongly
     handled as fast forward rather than ignored.
   - Bugfix: Playlist shuffle function could use an already previously used
     random sequence in some cases.
   - Bugfix: MP3 files with very large embedded covers could not be played.
   - Bugfix: MP3 files with specific ID3 tags could not be played.
   - Bugfix: ".mts" files were wrongly handled as audio files.
   - Bugfix: Pausing M4A files could cause playback stop in some cases.
   - Bugfix: .M3U/.PLS playlist files with "UTF8 BOM" header could not be
   - Bugfix: specific TS files (such as specific broadcast recordings)
     could be played wrongly or with pause/seek not working.
   - Bugfix: specific MKV files could not be played.

* Improved handling of RC buttons during playback.
   - "PREV" RC button now navigates through the history of the previously
     played playlist items only in the shuffle playback mode and only after
     normal transitions (selecting an item in the playlist and manually
     jumping to it resets the history).
   - "TOP MENU" RC button now allows to go to the main screen also from
     file playback mode.

* Added new audio output configuration possibilites.
   - The setting "Setup / Audio / Audio decoding mode" allows to specify
     the number of channels (stereo, 5.1, 7.1), which should be output to
     analog audio outputs and HDMI output.

* Improved output of DTS-CD audio streams.
   - Removed 14-bit to 16-bit conversion, which is undesired in some cases.
   - Added the new setting "Setup / Audio / DTS CD audio conversion", which
     allows to revert back the old behavior (enable 14-bit to 16-bit
     conversion) when needed.

* Added "SHOUTCast" and "RadioTime" applications (free access to thousands
  of local and world-side Internet radio stations).

* Added "Russia.ru" application (free access to "Russia.ru" Internet video

* Added new possibilities for UI customization and authors of
  applications based on "dune_folder.txt" mechanism.
   - Added new dune_folder.txt parameters:
      - Animation:
         - animation_enabled = yes|no (default is yes)
      - Overall item layout:
         - item_layout = center|left|right (default is center)
      - Badge-based icons:
         - paint_icon_badge_box = yes|no
         - icon_badge_box_dx = N
         - icon_badge_box_dy = N
         - icon_badge_box_height = N
         - icon_badge_box_width = N
      - Selection frame visualization:
         - icon_selection_box_dx = N
         - icon_selection_box_dy = N
         - icon_selection_box_height = N
         - icon_selection_box_width = N
      - Icon visualization:
         - icon_margin_bottom = N
         - icon_margin_left = N
         - icon_margin_right = N
         - icon_margin_top = N
         - icon_sel_margin_bottom = N
         - icon_sel_margin_left = N
         - icon_sel_margin_right = N
         - icon_sel_margin_top = N
      - Caption visualization:
         - item_caption_dy = N
         - item_caption_sel_dy = N
         - item_caption_width = N
         - item_caption_wrap_enabled = yes|no (default is no)
      - Item details visualization (in the right panel):
         - zoom_detailed_icon = yes|no (default is no)
         - paint_item_info_in_details = yes|no (default is yes)
         - item_detailed_info = TEXT
         - item_detailed_info_font_size = normal|small (default is normal)
         - item_detailed_info_rel_y = N
      - Marks visualization:
         - mark_scale_factor = N.N
      - Small icon type (for list view):
         - folder_small_icon_name = {small_icon_name}
         - item_small_icon_name = {small_icon_name}
         - Here, {small_icon_name} can be:
            - video_file|audio_file|image_file|folder|disc_folder
   - Added a new kind of media_url: "http://audio_stream://...". Enables a
     special handling of the HTTP URLs, which is often useful when playing
     audio streams (such as Internet radio streams).
   - Bugfix: relative paths did not work properly when used with virtual
     items in dune_folder.txt.
   - When the player communicates with an external application via
     "dune_http://" protocol, the application now can determine various
     information about the player (product id, firmware version, serial
     number, current interface language) using "X-Dune-..." headers in HTTP
     requests. Also, a specific "User-Agent" is now used in HTTP requests.

* Network setup improvements.
   - Usability improvement: when submitting network settings, "Waiting for
     IP address" popup window is shown and the system waits for the IP
     address to be assigned.
   - Bugfix: "Auto + manual DNS" network configuration mode could not work
     properly in some cases.

* Improved output to the front panel display.
   - Improvement: when playing content having no known duration (such as
     Internet radio stream), the title of the played item is shown instead
     of meaningless playback counter.
   - Added support for displaying characters from some european languages.

* Added support for working with favorites without system storage.
   - When the system storage is not attached, the list of favorites is
     stored (without associated icons) in the internal flash memory (the
     same memory as used for storing all player settings).
   - NOTE: If some favorites are added when the system storage is not
     attached, and after that the system storage is attached, the internal
     flash memory still will be used to store the list of favorites.

* Various other improvements.
   - Bugfix: adding shortcut (favorite) did not work when the filename
     contained a specific character.
   - Some previously missing characters added to fonts.
   - Some interface languages added/updated. 
   - Some other improvements/fixes.

Version "110225_1222"
Download: dune_firmware_hdbase_sony_110225_1222.dff (ZIP)
Changes since 110127_2105_beta:
- Bugfix: Specific M2TS files could not be played.

- Bugfix: Specific MP4 files (such as files from specific video cameras)
  could be played without sound on HDMI output.

Version "110127_2105_beta" (BETA version)
Download: dune_firmware_hdbase_sony_110127_2105_beta.dff (ZIP)
Changes since 101201_1626:
* Various playback improvements.
   - Bugfix: Specific MP3 files were playing with distortions when played
     during photo viewing.
   - Bugfix: Specific AVI files with AC3 audio were playing without sound,
     and no file with audio could be played afterwards.
   - Bugfix: Specific AVI files with H.264 video were not playing, and no
     other video file could be played afterwards.
   - Improvement: unsupported non-LC AAC audio tracks in MKV are not shown
     in the list of audiotracks to avoid confusing the user.

* Volume control improvements.
   - Added a new setting "Audio / Volume control" with the following
     possible values:
      - "Off". Volume control is completely disabled. The volume level is
        fixed at 100% (0dB) and the player does not perform any
        modifications of the digital audio signal.
      - "Best quality". The default setting. The user is allowed to control
        the volume in the safe range till 0dB (ensuring no audio
        distortions on all audio content). When needed for specific files,
        it is also possible to temporarily overcome the 0dB limit by
        pressing and holding "V+" RC button for several seconds (the
        increase volume level takes effect only for the current playback
        session and is automatically reset to 0dB when the playback session
      - "Allow overload". The setting corresponding to the behavior taking
        place in previous firmware versions. The user is allowed to set the
        volume to values greater than 0dB. Depending on played content,
        this may lead to severe audio distortions and thus is not
   - Added a new setting "Audio / Volume indication" with the following
     possible values:
      - "Percents". The default setting. The volume level is shown as
        [0..100%] (corresponding to [-48..0dB] range). When the volume
        level is set to 100%, the player does not perform any modifications
        of the digital audio signal. Overloaded volume level is shown as
        (100..150%] (corresponding to (0..+24dB] range).
      - "Decibels". The setting corresponding to the behavior taking place
        in previous firmware versions. The volume level is shown in
   - Volume control for background audio during photo viewing is
     implemented in the same way as for regular file playback.
   - NOTE: As in previous firmware versions, the player can apply volume
     control only to PCM audio signal (i.e. when playing PCM audio tracks
     or audio tracks which are decoded by the player itself); when using
     "bitstream" audio output mode and playing audio tracks supporting
     bitstream output, the volume control does not take any affect. When
     A/V receiver is used, it is recommended to control the volume using
     the A/V receiver.

* Other OSD improvements.
   - When performing time navigation using LEFT/RIGHT/UP/DOWN/P+/P- RC
     buttons (in file/DVD playback mode), the OSD does not only show the
     selected playback position, but also shows the offset from the current
     playback position.
   - Certain notification OSD elements, such as volume control and certain
     information messages can now be quickly hidden by pressing any
     non-relevant RC buttons (no need to wait for autohide timeout).

* Added new UI customization possibilities (for "dune_folder.txt"
   - Added a possibility to load icons shown in the right panel of the
     "extended list view" asynchronously. When this feature is enabled,
     navigation in such folders becomes much faster.
      - Syntax:
         - async_icon_loading = yes
   - Added "icon_archive" feature, allowing to download a collection of
     icons/images from an HTTP server once when entering certain folder,
     and cache it in the player (in System Storage), that allows to
     significantly improve the performance.
      - Syntax:
         - icon_archive.{n}.name = {name}
         - icon_archive.{n}.url = {HTTP-URL-to-TGZ-archive}
         - icon_path = icon_archive://{name}/{file-path-in-archive}
      - When a new version of the icon archive is deployed on the HTTP
        server, a modified URL should be used for it, then the player will
        automatically reload the icon archive next time when the user opens
        the folder.

* Setup usability improvements.
   - When the user tries to exit "Video" or "Network" setup screen with
     unsaved changes, a warning dialog is shown. The user is asked to
     either apply the changes, discard the chances, of cancel the action.
   - When selecting WiFi network connection type, the WiFI settings dialog
     is shown automatically.

* Added built-in functions for management of System Storage.
   - New Setup page "Miscellaneous / System Storage" provides the following
      - "Initialize System Storage": allows to initialize the system
        storage if it is not configured yet. Two possibilities are
        provided: create the system storage on an empty storage device (USB
        flash drive, SD card, an already existing HDD partition), or
        partition an empty HDD into system storage and user data
        partitions. Usage instructions:
         - The system lists all found empty 1GB+ storages.
         - Select the desired storage.
         - If the selected storage's capacity is less than 100GB, the
           entire storage is initialized as the system storage.
         - Otherwise, if the selected storage is 100GB+ storage device, it
           is partitioned into two partitions, the first partition is
           initialized as the system storage, and the second partition is
           kept unformatted (to format it, select it in the file browser
           and press ENTER).
      - "Deinitialize System Storage": allows to deinitialize the system
        storage if it is already configured.
      - "Clear System Storage": deletes all data stored on the system
        storage. This, in particular, includes Blu-ray cache, main screen
        shortcuts, content of Internet Radio and IPTV folders.
      - "Clear Blu-ray Cache": clears Blu-ray cache (also known as "Blu-ray
        local storage").

* Improved "Reset Settings" function.
   - The confirmation dialog includes the information that player reboot
     will be performed. 
   - Added clearing of all user-related data stored by the player in System
     Storage (including main screen shortcuts and cached icon archive
     data). NOTE: the content of Internet Radio and IPTV folders is not
     cleared automatically (since these folders may contain files important
     for the user); if needed, these folders can be cleared manually.

* Various other improvements.
   - The function of quick video mode choosing now provides feedback using
     the LED on the front panel of the player:
      - When the function is activated: the LED blinks once.
      - When the user cancels the function: the LED blinks once.
      - When a new video mode is chosen: the LED blinks 2 times.
      - When the user confirms the new video mode: the LED blinks 3 times.
   - Some interface languages added/updated. 
   - Some other improvements/fixes.

* Includes also all changes from 101201_1626.

Version "101201_1626"
Download: N/A (has not been released for this player model, the listed changes are included into next firmware versions)
Changes since 100916_2027_beta:
* Various playback improvements.
   - Improved support for PGS subtitles during file playback.
   - Improved support for playback of very high bitrate MPEG TS/PS files
     and streams in specific cases.
   - Improved support for recording of audio-only TS streams (implemented
     more precise start of the recording).
   - Improved support for playback of audio-only TS files (added duration
     detection and current playback position indication).
   - Improved playback of Internet Radio streams.
   - Improved playback of MP3 audio files via UPnP.
   - Improved compatibility with some Internet Video services accessible
     via UPnP servers such as PlayOn Digital Media Server.
   - Bugfix: stopping MKV playback with enabled subtitles could lead to a
     crash in some cases.
   - Bugfix: specific files could not be played smoothly from network in
     some cases (the problem introduced in the firmware version

* Added support to play background music during photo viewing.
   - Instruction: just launch a playlist consisting of both photos and
     audio files, e.g.:
      - Press PLAY on a folder containing photos and audio files.
      - Put .M3U playlist file with links (paths) to audio files into the
        folder with photos, press PLAY on this folder.
      - Press SELECT to manually mark photos / audio files (or folders with
        photos / audio files), and press PLAY. (Note: marking files works
        only within single parent folder.)
   - The following RC buttons are available for controlling background
     audio playback in photo viewer:
      - MUTE, V+/V-: mute and volume control.
      - PAUSE/PLAY: pause/resume audio.
      - NEXT/PREV: go to next/previous audio file.
      - REW/FWD: the same as NEXT/PREV.
      - NOTE: To navigate and pause/resume the photo slide show itself,
        LEFT/RIGHT/ENTER RC buttons can be used.
   - Notes:
      - Limitations: WMAPro audio file format is not supported for this
        feature; all other audio file formats should work (including MP3,
        FLAC, OGG, APE, WAV, WMA, etc).
      - All audio files are played sequentially (in the original order) in a
      - Audio files using the same or compatible audio codec are played in
        gapless mode.

* Other photo viewer improvements.
   - ENTER RC button in photo viewer allows to pause/resume the slide show
     (and LEFT/RIGHT, as before, allow to go to next/previous photo).
   - Bugfix: specific huge panorama photos were handled wrongly in photo
   - Bugfix: photo viewer could crash in specific rare cases.

* Added support to play music w/o using TV, using the front panel display.
   - The name of the currently selected item of the file browser (e.g.
     file/folder) is shown on the display.
   - When playback of a file/audiotrack starts, its title is shown on the
     display for a few seconds.
   - The currently selected playlist item (when playlist browser is
     activated by pressing POP UP MENU RC button during playback) is shown
     on the display.
   - Long names/titles are scrolled through the display. 
   - The new features can be disabled via settings in "Setup /
     Miscellaneous / Built-in Display".

* Added support for ALAC (Apple Lossless) audio files.

* Added support for WavPack lossless audio files.

* Added 24/50 and 24/60 autoframerate modes.

* Added "dynamic range control" support.
   - Added "Setup / Audio / Dynamic Range Control" setting, with possible
     values "Off", "Medium", "High", "Auto". Allows to specify the desired
     DRC behavior for audio tracks supporting DRC.

* Volume control improvements.
   - New graphical volume indicator during file and DVD playback, with a
     special warning (red color) about possible overload (volume level more
     than 0dB).

* Zoom improvements.
   - Added a new zoom preset for file playback: "full fill screen" --
     similar to "fill screen" but with filling the entire screen both
     vertically and horizontally.
   - Bugfix: remembering zoom settings could work wrongly in some cases.

* Improved handling of RC buttons during playback.
   - CLEAR RC button allows to restore the default vertical position of
     subtitles in subtitles setup mode.

* Improved handling of RC buttons in file browser.
   - PREV and NEXT RC buttons are handled as P+/P- in file browser (allow
     to switch to next/previous page in large directory listings) (the
     feature requested by some users of universal remotes).
   - Added a possibility to quickly toggle interface language: AUDIO RC
     button on the main screen shows a dialog for choosing the language.

* Improved handling of front panel buttons in file browser.
   - PREV and NEXT front panel buttons now allow to navigate both when icon
     view is used (handled as LEFT and RIGHT, with ability to go from one
     row to another) and when list view is used (handled as UP and DOWN).

* Added support for Hebrew (Right-to-Left) filenames.

* Added clock on front panel display in standby.
   - Clock is shown automatically when time is synchronized (i.e. time
     synchronization option is enabled and Internet connection is working,
     or a time server in the local network is used); when time is not
     synchronized, clock is not shown.
   - NOTE: Time synchronization is automatically enabled after upgrade to
     this firmware version. If not needed/desired, it can be disabled via
     "Setup / Miscellaneous / Time synchronization".
   - Clock is shown in "software standby" mode only.
   - Clock showing can be disabled via "Setup / Miscellaneous / Built-in
     Display / Show time on display".

* Added new UI customization possibilities (for "dune_folder.txt"
   - Added dune_folder.txt feature: possibility to specify the default
     sorting settings for the folder. Syntax:
      - sort_field = name|size|atime|mtime|unsorted
      - sort_dir = asc|desc
   - Added dune_folder.txt feature: paths in the definition of virtual
     items can be relative paths.
   - Image/icon files can now have also special extensions .djpg, .dbmp,
     .dpng (helpful e.g. to allow Movie Collections PC applications to
     prevent indexing of the files by OS for better performance).

* Torrent client improvements.
   - Maximum number of torrent client peers is set to 50 by default (to
     prevent problems taking place in some cases, as reported by some
   - More correct reporting of errors by torrent client in some cases.
   - Bugfix: torrent client did not support working with partition-less
     storage devices.

* Network setup improvements.
   - Added a new network configuration mode: "Auto (DHCP), manual DNS",
     allowing to use DHCP for automatic configuration of basic network
     settings, but specify DNS settings manually (as needed for some
     Internet providers).
   - Improved indication when the player is waiting for IP address.

* WiFi setup improvements.
   - Added an ability to choose WiFi network from the list.
      - Setup / Network / (WiFi) Settings -> Scan for networks... 
   - Added autodetection of the best possible WiFi security method when
     choosing WiFi network from the list.
   - WiFi password is shown as normal text to make it easier to
     enter/validate it.

* Added SMB server settings (Setup / Applications / SMB Server).
   - Server name.
   - Workgroup name.
   - Server description.
   - Ability to disable SMB server.

* Time zone setup improvements.
   - Time zone configuration (Setup / General / Time zone) is made more
     convenient: for each listed time zone, the current time taking place
     according to this time zone is shown.

* Added built-in "Reset Settings" function.
   - No more need to use a DSF file for this.
   - Usage: "Setup / General / Reset Settings".
   - Resets all player settings to default values and also clears all other
     user-related data stored by the player in main flash memory (such as:
     file/DVD bookmarks, configuration of network folders, etc).
   - Also clears Blu-ray cache (also known as Blu-ray local storage) in
     System Storage (when System Storage is attached).

* Various other improvements.
   - Changed indication of "AC3" and "EAC3" audio tracks to "Dolby Digital"
     and "Dolby Digital Plus" (as required by Dolby).
   - Bugfix: pressing POP UP MENU on main screen shortcuts pointing to a
     non-accessible network resource could cause a lockup for several
   - Other minor fixes.

Version "100916_2027_beta" (BETA version)
Download: dune_firmware_hdbase_sony_100916_2027_beta.dff (ZIP)
Changes since 100828_0034:
- Added a possibility to adjust the vertical position of subtitles during
  Blu-ray playback.

- Added a possibility to adjust the vertical position of PGS and VobSub
  subtitles during file playback.

- Improved handling of PGS subtitles in MKV and TS files.

- Improved "Audio / HDMI audio = Disabled" setting, which should now work
  more correctly with various HDMI equipment. Now, it only disables passing
  audio through the HDMI, but does not force DVI mode with RGB colorspace
  on the HDMI output any more.

- Added a new setting "Video / Advanced / Force DVI output", which allows
  to force DVI mode on the HDMI video output. This allows to achieve player
  behavior which took place previously when using "HDMI audio = Disabled"
  setting. (Note, as previously, this does not affect Blu-ray playback.)

- Added a new setting "Video / Advanced / Output colorspace",
  which allows to specify the desired colorspace on the HDMI output.
   - Supported values:
      - Auto (use BT.709 for HD video modes and BT.601 for SD video modes)
      - BT.601.
      - BT.709.
      - RGB-Full.
      - RGB-Limited.
   - The default value is Auto.
   - Note: does not affect Blu-ray playback (for Blu-ray playback, "Auto"
     is always used).
   - Note: in previous firmware versions, the actually used setting was
     BT.601; if you think that you had a better picture quality during file
     or DVD playback in previous firmware versions, you may try to set this
     setting to BT.601 (see also the new setting "Video / Advanced /
     Default decoder colorspace").

- Added a new setting "Video / Advanced / Default decoder colorspace",
  which allows to specify the default colorspace which should be assumed
  for files having no explicit indication of the colorspace actually used
  when encoding these files.
   - Supported values:
      - Auto (use BT.709 for files using HD resolution and BT.601 for files
        using SD resolution).
      - BT.601.
      - BT.709.
   - The default value is Auto.
   - Note: affects only file playback.
   - Note: in previous firmware versions, the actually used setting was
     BT.601; if you think that you had a better picture quality during file
     playback in previous firmware versions, you may try to set this
     setting to BT.601 (see also the new setting "Video / Advanced / Output

- Improved Audio CD playback startup speed.

- Added automatic clearing (when needed) of Blu-ray Local Storage after
  firmware upgrade in order to prevent possible Blu-ray playback problems.

- Added a new setting "Misc / Playback / Save zoom settings", which allows
  to remember the choosen zoom mode even after stopping playback and
  switching off the player.

- Added a new setting "Misc / Playback / Show recording indicator", which
  allows to enable on-screen indication (blinking red circle) during
  recording of IPTV / Internet radio / DVB-T streams.

- Improved the firmware recovery procedure: the LED indicator on the front
  panel is blinking during firmware recovery process.

- Improved handling of specific unsupported files (such as GMC-encoded
  AVIs): information about this is reported to the user.

- Bugfix: very high-birate IPTV channels could be played with artefacts and
  picture distortions (a problem introduced in firmware version

- Bugfix: specific MKV files could not be recognized and played at all.

- Bugfix: ".djvu" files wrongly considered as supported.

- Bugfix: creation of debug dumps did not work in specific cases (when the
  current folder path contained whitespaces).

- Some interface languages added/updated. 

- Some other improvements/fixes.

Version "100828_0034"
Download: N/A (has not been released for this player model, the listed changes are included into next firmware versions)
Changes since 100706_1032_beta:
- Added a workaround for MKV lipsync problem (a small A/V desync when
  bitstreaming AC3 through S/PDIF or HDMI, noticeable by some users on some
  A/V equipment).

- Bugfix: 192kHz/24-bit FLAC audio could not be output to HDMI TV.

- Bugfix: audio could be absent during playback of specific MPEG files.

- Bugfix: audio could be lost after specific user actions (such as SLOW ->
  PAUSE -> PLAY) on specific files.

Version "100706_1032_beta" (BETA version)
Download: dune_firmware_hdbase_sony_100706_1032_beta.dff (ZIP)
Changes since 100630_2131_beta:
- Bugfix: removed misleading setup option "Cinema mode".

Version "100630_2131_beta" (BETA version)
Download: dune_firmware_hdbase_sony_100630_2131_beta.dff (ZIP)
Changes since 100413_1555:
- Much faster start/stop of playback of video and audio files, w/o video
  output reinitialization.  
   - NOTE: If autoframerate feature is used, video output reinitialization
     may still be performed.
   - NOTE: Playback of DVD/Blu-ray discs/images still requires video output
     reinitilization in any case.

- Added a possibility to record Internet radio stations (HTTP/MP3 and
   - Recording of Internet radio works exactly the same way as recording of
     IPTV: ensure there is a storage attached, and press PLAY RC button to
     start/stop recording during playback.
   - Each recording is saved into its own file inside "InetRadio_recordins"
     folder in the main storage.

- Added a special support for watching (and also recording)
  network/Internet video streams which use HTTP protocol and TS format,
  with improved buffering approach.
   - To start watching such a video stream, launch a special
     "http://ts://......" URL in the player (e.g. using
   - During watching, press PLAY to start/stop recording (ensure a storage
     is attached).
   - Each recording is saved into its own file inside "MTS_recordings"
     folder in the main storage.

- Added a possibility to sort files in the file browser.
   - Usage: press MENU, choose "Sorting", choose sorting criteria and
     direction, press "OK".
   - NOTE: Saving the sorting setting is not supported yet.

- Added support for APE ("monkey audio") audio files.

- Added support for OGG/Vorbis audio files.

- Added support for Vorbis audiotracks in MKV files.

- Added support for external OGG/Vorbis audiotracks.

- Added support for PGS subtitles in MKV files.

- Added support for VobSub subtitles in MKV files.

- Added support for WMA audiotracks in MKV files.

- Added support for correct playback of specific 120fps MKV files.

- Added support for external SSA/ASS subtitles (file extensions ".ssa",

- Added support for playback of TS files with ".mod" and ".tos" extensions
  (used by some models of digital camcoders). 

- Added support for specific TS files which were previously unsupported
  (audio-only files, files with certain information missing, etc).

- Added a new zoom preset for file playback: "fill screen" (convenient for
  watching 4:3 broadcasts with nonlinear stretching to 16:9).

- Added support for BIG5 and GB2312 encodings (in all places -- subtitles,
  playlists, etc).

- Added dune_folder.txt feature: a possibility to specify the initial
  playback position in the playlist for media_url pointing to a playlist.
   - Syntax:
      - media_url = /path/to/playlist-file
      - media_start_index = index
   - NOTE: This feature is useful for implement series support in
     movies-collection management solutions.

- Added dune_folder.txt feature: a possibility to specify scale factor not
  only for the primary icon, but also for the selected icon.
   - Syntax:
      - icon_sel_scale_factor = ...
   - NOTE: This feature allows to implement the "selected icon has bigger
     size" effect w/o need to prepare two different icons.

- Added dune_folder.txt feature: a possibility to force "list" and
  "extended list" view modes for a folder.
   - Syntax:
      - use_icon_view = list
      - use_icon_view = exlist

- Added dune_folder.txt feature: a possibility to specify what to do when
  media_url refers to a folder: open the folder for browsing, start
  playback of folder content, or ask user.
   - Syntax:
      - media_action = browse|play|ask_user

- Added dune_folder.txt feature: support for showing "virtual" items on the
   - The dune_folder.txt in a folder can define a list of virtual items,
     which are shown in addition to the files/subfolders actually residing
     in this folder (if any).
   - Syntax ({N} is the index of the virtual item: 0, 1, 2, ...):
      - item.{N}.caption = ...
      - item.{N}.media_url = ...
      - item.{N}.icon_path = ... (NOTE: HTTP links to images can be used)
      - item.{N}.{...} = ... ({...} is any parameter affecting the look and
        behavior of the media item)

- Added support for working with external catalogs of resources ("virtual
  filesystems") in the file browser.
   - When dune_folder.txt/media_url points to a HTTP URL using
     "dune_http://..." syntax instead of the normal "http://..." syntax,
     such a HTTP URL is handled by the player as a "virtual folder", which
     can be opened and navigated similarly to how local and NFS/SMB folders
     can be opened/navigated.
   - The "dune_http" HTTP URL should return dune_folder.txt describing the
     content of the virtual folder using the mechanism of "virtual items".
   - Each virtual item can be either a reference to a particular media
     resource, or a "dune_http" reference to a nested virtual subfolder.

- Extended support for VBR MP3 files (added duration detection and seek

- Extended the lists of supported encodings for EXT2/EXT3 and NFS (added
  all encodings supported in other places).

- Improved detection and handling of files which have unsupported file
  format or can not be opened.
   - Now, when encountering such a file, the player shows a message for a
     several seconds before skipping the file. Fixed some other bugs with
     handling of unsupported file formats.

- Improved DHCP client behavior: when the player send a DHCP request, it
  announces it as "Dune" (instead of using an empty name).

- Improved compatibility with some Blu-ray discs.

- Improved seek performance in specific MKV files.

- Improved LPCM output over HDMI when playing TS files (some issues fixed).

- Improved zoom handling for file and DVD playback: pressing CLEAR resets
  zoom settings to the defaults.

- Improved online upgrade function: more robust deletion of temporarily
  downloaded files.

- Improved antialiasing algorithm used for text rendering.

- Improved file browser responsiveness and performance in specific cases.

- Included the fix for the problem with media playback/reading pausing for
  several seconds.

- Improved handling of low-bitrate audio (less than 32Khz) during file
  playback (some issues fixed).

- Improved autoframerate: allow to switch to 23.976/24p from interlaced
  video modes when 24/50/60 autoframerate mode is used).

- Improved Internet radio playback: implemented more robust handling of
  HTTP connections.

- Improved component video output (prefering "SMPTE" standard instead of
  "M2"; should fix the problems with bad colors when component video output
  is chosen in Setup).

- Improved support for output of high quality PCM audio though digital
  audio outputs (S/PDIF and HDMI):
   - Relaxed software limitations on the sample rate (to the level allowed
     by the hardware). 
   - Introduced a new setting allowing to limit maximum sample rate for
     compatibility with particular S/PDIF cables and A/V receivers.
   - NOTE: For compatibility with all S/PDIF cables and A/V receivers, the
     limit is set to 48 Khz by default.

- Bugfix: in Blu-ray playback, 1921x1081 scaling was wrongly used, leading
  to slightly decreased picture quality.

- Bugfix: huge BD ISO could not be played properly (problem at ~40 min).

- Bugfix: network folders of different types (e.g. SMB and NFS) and having
  the same names did not work properly.

- Bugfix: some PCM WAV files were playing with a slight noise in the

- Bugfix: opening SMB share using guest account could not work in some

- Bugfix: when reading/playing content from a SMB share, an error could
  occur in some rare cases.

- Bugfix: default choosing of internal audiotrack in TS files could not
  work (manual audio track switching could be required).

- Bugfix: external subtitles could be not available when starting file
  playback in specific ways (e.g. via network browser).

- Bugfix: UTF16-encoded external subtitles could be handled wrongly in
  specific cases.

- Bugfix: wrong information about audiocodec could be displayed when
  playing ASF/WMA file in specific cases.

- Bugfix: AC3 audiotracks in TS files could be decoded wrongly in specific

- Bugfix: FIP button presses could cause duplicate actions in specific

- Bugfix: loading invalid/corrupted user-created icon files (via
  dune_folder.txt) could be handled wrongly.

- Bugfix: during file playback, if specific zoom settings were used,
  switching to the next file in the playlist could cause wrong zoom

- Some menu languages added/updated.

- Various other minor fixes and improvements.

Version "100413_1555"
Download: dune_firmware_hdbase_sony_100413_1555.dff (ZIP)
Changes since 100307_2100_beta:
NOTE: This version has very few differences (mostly bugfixes) from the
previously released 100307_2100_beta version. This firmware version is
considered to be the most stable and bug free version in comparison with
any previously released firmware versions, and thus is recommended to
everyone. New big features and further improvements will be included into
future beta versions. 

- Some menu languages updated/improved.

- Minor improvements in the player boot procedure; popup dialog for
  choosing menu interface language is now shown when booting the player for
  the first time (when player settings are not initialized yet).

- Bugfix: white vertical line consisting could be visible on the right side
  of the screen in some cases.

- Bugfix: switching to another item in the playlist could lead to playback
  crash (e.g. when switching between IPTV channels).

- Bugfix: picture adjustments could be handled in a wrong way during file
  playback when autoframerate was used.

- Bugfix: specific TS files could be handled wrongly.

- Bugfix: the player could hang when starting the upgrade process, if the
  player was busy with some activity (e.g. torrent client running, access
  to the player from network, etc). (Workaround was needed: before starting
  the upgrade process, disable torrent client and disconnect the player
  from network.)

- Bugfix: the player could hang after succesfull finishing of the upgrade
  process (if Extra Applications were updated during the upgrade).
  (Workaround was needed: reboot the player manually using power switch.)

Version "100307_2100_beta" (BETA version)
Download: dune_firmware_hdbase_sony_100307_2100_beta.dff (ZIP)
Changes since 091229_1411_beta:
NOTE: This firmware version includes quite a lot of internal code changes,
and, despite a lot of preliminary testing performed, there are good chances
that some functions may not function correctly under specific
circumstances. The most probable areas where things may be broken are:
   - File browser (working with network shares, "dune_folder.txt"
     mechanism, and any other file browser features).
   - File playback.
   - DVD and BD playback (especially when autoframerate is switched on).
   - USB WiFi.

- Improvements for autoframerate:

   - Implemented autoframerate also for DVD-Video and Blu-ray content (in
     addition to autoframerate previously supported for files only).
      - Supported for both optical discs and disc images.
      - For DVD-Video, supports switching between 50 and 59.94 framerates
        (no support for switching to 23.976 on NTSC pulldown content).
      - For Blu-ray, supports all framerates (including 24p).
      - If a disc consists of multiple fragments with different framerates,
        framerate switching is automatically performed also when switching
        between disc fragments.

- Improvements for subtitles support:

   - Added support for PGS (Blu-ray) subtitles in M2TS/TS files. It is now
     possible to use Blu-ray subtitles not only playing full BD-images, but
     also when playing individual M2TS files.

   - Added support for external subtitles in SUB/IDX format.

   - Added support for UTF-16 encoding in SRT and SUB (MicroDVD) external
     subtitle files.

- Improvements for USB WiFi support:

   - Upgraded WiFi driver for RALink RT2870/RT2770 chipsets to the latest
     available version, and allowed the use of all USB WiFi devices
     supported by this driver (66 USB-IDs in total).

   - See here for more details on the
     supported USB hardware.

- Improvements for working with network shares:

   - Added a new function "Add to Main Screen" for SMB shares in SMB
     browser. Allows to easily add a new network folder corresponding to a
     SMB share to the main screen. NOTE: Supported for the SMB shares only,
     not supported for other items in SMB browser (SMB workgroups, SMB
     servers, or folders inside SMB shares).

   - Implemented a better scanning for available SMB workgroups and hosts
     in SMB browser. Now, there are more chances that SMB resources are
     found immediately, w/o the need to wait or restart network components.
     (This should fix the problems such as certain SMB workgroups sometimes
     visible, and sometimes not visible.)

   - In SMB browser, all printer shares are now excluded from the list of
     SMB shares (previously, some printer shares could be shown).

   - Added showing drive information (total/used/available space) in the
     "Information" dialog for network shares (the network share should be
     in the "connected" state).

   - Added a possibility to explicitly "disconnect" (i.e. unmount) a
     mounted NFS or SMB share. Press INFO on a connected network folder, or
     on a connected SMB share in SMB browser, and then choose "Disconnect".

   - Bugfix: Iw was impossible to access SMB shares on a SMB server after
     deleting some files from another SMB share on the same SMB server.

   - The Setup option "Fast SMB Access" (introduced in the previous beta
     firmware versions) is now disabled by default (since some users
     reports problems when using this options with some SMB servers).
      - NOTE: When upgrading to this firmware version from one of two
        previous beta firmware versions, the value of this option is kept.
        If you experience any problems with SMB access from the player,
        please manually disable this option.

- Improvements for bookmarks:

   - Reenabled a simple support for bookmarks when using playlists (the
     initial version of such a support introduced in 091211_1311_beta was
     disabled in 091229_1411_beta, and now a more reasonable implementation
     is provided):
      - When starting playing a playlist (e.g. by presssing PLAY button on a
        file in a folder containing several files), the bookmark is
        checked/used for the initial file in the playlist.
      - When stopping playing a playlist, the bookmark is saved for the
        current file in the playlist (so, by pressing PLAY on this file, the
        playback can be later resumed from the saved bookmark).
      - When switching between files in the playlist, bookmarks are neither
        checked/used nor saved (as in the previous firmware version).
      - The Setup options for disabling autoresume for video/audio files
        influence both individual files and playlists.
      - NOTE: Full-fledged support for playlist bookmarks (remember
        bookmark for the entire playlist) is still absent; will be
        addressed in future firmware versions.

- Improvements for IPTV support:

   - Added support for viewing the list of audiotracks and switching
     between them when watching IPTV (multicast UDP) channels.

- Added online firmware check/upgrade function:

   - A new Setup section "Miscellaneous / Firmware Upgrade" allows to
     conveniently check for the presence of new firmware version directly
     from the player, and, if a new version is available, automatically
     download and install it (w/o the need to use a PC to download the
     firmware upgrade file).

   - Also, if the player is connected to Internet, the player periodically
     automatically checks for the new firmware updates, and when one
     becomes available, informs the user about it and proposes to
     download/install it.

   - System Storage or any other attached storage can be used as a
     temporary location to download a firmware from Internet; if no
     writable storage with enough free space is found, the user is prompted
     to attach one.

   - When downloading a firmware from Internet, progress is indicated, and
     a possibility to stop/cancel the download is provided.

   - Advanced users can fine-tune various online upgrade settings via Setup
     menu: enable/disable checking for non-stable (beta) versions,
     enable/disable automatic checking.

- "dune_folder.txt" mechanism improvements:

   - Added support for "smb://...", "nfs://...", and "network_folder://..."
     media_url values, allowing to reference media content on SMB and NFS
     network shares.
      - Syntax:
         - "smb://[user[:password]@]host/share/path"
            - "user" and "password" are optional.
            - "host" can be IP-address, DNS-name, or SMB-name of SMB server.
            - "share" is SMB share name.
            - Example: "smb://"
         - "nfs://host[:/export-path]:/path"
            - "host" can be IP-address or DNS-name of NFS server.
            - "export-path" is optional; when omitted, the player tries to
              automatically deduce it from the specified "path" (by
              analyzing all NFS-exports of the NFS-server). For better
              performance and correct working, it is recommended to always
              explicitly specify "export-path".
            - Example (w/o explicitly specified "export-path"):
            - Example (with explicitly specified "export-path"):
         - "network_folder://network-folder-name/path"
            - "network-folder-name" is the name of network folder
              econfigured in the player.
            - Example: "network_folder://MYSHARE/folder/file1.avi"
      - So, it is now possible to use "dune_folder.txt" to organize links
        (e.g. Media Collection Indexes) pointing not only to any locally
        attached storage devices, but also to any network resources
        accessible via NFS or SMB.
      - Network URLs are supported for all kinds of content: regular media
        files (video, audio, photo), DVD-images (VIDEO_TS, ISO), BD-Images
        (BDMV, ISO).
      - Such network URLs are also supported in playlist files (M3U, PLS).
      - The network shares are automounted by the player on-the-fly as
        needed; when using "smb://" and "nfs://" URLs, there is no need to
        manually configure the corresponding network folders.
      - When playing a playlist consisting of items pointing to different
        network shares, the player automatically unmounts/mounts network
        shares as needed (in particular, it correctly unmounts a SMB share
        before accessing another SMB share pointing to the same SMB server,
        in order to avoid the limitation that Linux kernel can not work
        with multiple SMB shares of the same SMB server simultanesouly).

   - Added the following new "dune_folder.txt" parameters:

      - "system_files = {pattern1}[,{pattern2}...]".
         - Allows to specify which files should be treated as system and
           thus hidden (when "Hide system files = Yes" option is enabled in
         - Each "pattern" can be the exact name of file/folder, or a
           pattern including wildcards ("*" means any sequence of
           characters, "?" means any single character).

      - "media_url_check = (yes|no)" (default is "no").
         - Allows to specify whether the player should try to check if the
           "media_url" is valid and points to an existing file when
           painting the item corresponding to this media folder, and also
           determine a suitable icon to show (e.g. video file, audio file);
           if the "media_url" is not valid, the item is painted in the
           "dimmed" way. Such a check may reduce browsing performance, so
           it is now disabled by default, and this new parameter allows to
           reenable it.

   - Added support for specifying "dune_folder.txt" parameters which affect
     not just the current folder, but also subfolders.
      - This allows to provide custom look for the entire folder
        hieararchies (e.g. all folders on a HDD) just by creating a single
        "dune_folder.txt" file in the root of the folder hierarchy.
      - Almost any "dune_folder.txt" parameter can now be prefixed in the
        following way:
         - "direct_children.{parameter} = {value}"
         - "level2_children.{parameter} = {value}"
         - "all_children.{parameter} = {value}"
      - When "{value}" is a relative path to some file, the following
        syntax can be used to specify how the relative path should be
         - "rel_path://{relative-path}": treat path relatively to each
           particular subfolder (default).
         - "cur_path://{relative-path}": treat path relatively to the
           parent folder (i.e. the folder where "dune_folder.txt" file is

- Other improvements and bugfixes:

   - Improvement: Windows 7 Recycle Bin folder is considered to be system
     file and is hidden by default.

   - Minor improvement for the "Hard Disk" icon.

   - Improved progress indication when preparing to play and building large

   - Bugfix: Audio could be absent when playing specific TS files.

   - Bugfix: When accessing Dune from a Windows PC via SMB, "dir" command in
     Windows shell could work wrongly (filename case sensitivity problem; now
     Dune's SMB server treats all filenames w/o case sensitivity).

   - Bugfix: Photo viewer could hang up in specific rare cases.

   - Bugfix: Optical disc eject was wrongly allowed when running file read
     test on a file located on the optical disc.

   - Bugfix: JPEG images (assigned via dune_folder.txt) could be displayed
     wrongly in the right panel of the file browser (when using "Extended
     List" view mode).

   - Bugfix: screensaver could become non-functioning after using photo

   - Added Thai characters into fonts (adds support for Thai language in
     filenames and subtitles).

   - Added more menu languages: Greek, Danish, Czech. Some other languages

Version "091229_1411_beta" (BETA version)
Download: dune_firmware_hdbase_sony_091229_1411_beta.dff (ZIP)
Changes since 091211_1311_beta:
- Bookmarks improvements:
   - File bookmarks are disabled when playing playlists, they are used only
     when playing individual files (press ENTER on a file).
   - The setting "Miscellaneous / Playback / Autoresume video files" allows
     to completely disable bookmarks for video files.
   - The setting "Miscellaneous / Playback / Autoresume audio files" allows
     to completely disable bookmarks for audio files.
   - The setting "Miscellaneous / Playback / Autoresume DVD" allows to
     completely disable bookmarks for DVD discs and DVD-folders/ISO-images.

- Added a support for tags in audio files (MP3, FLAC, WMA, M4A).
   - When tags are detected, they are automatically shown for the currently
     played file during music playback. The supports tags include: title,
     artist, album, track, year, comment.
   - The setting "Miscellaneous / Playback / Audio file tags" allows to
     disable reading and showing the tags (could be helpful e.g. if it does
     not work properly for some files).
   - Both Unicode and 8-bit tags are supported. The setting "Miscellaneous
     / Encodings / MP3 tag encoding" allows to force the specified encoding
     for tags in MP3 files.

- When music playback starts, a hint about INFO and MENU buttons is
  displayed (INFO -- show details about the current track, MENU -- show the

- Added full support for discrete power-off and power-on IR commands.
   - IR hex codes:
      - DISCRETE-POWER-ON: 00 BF 5F A0 
   - The DISCRETE-POWER-ON IR command is handled exactly as POWER RC button
     when the player is in the standby mode, and is ignored when the player
     is turned on.
   - The DISCRETE-POWER-OFF IR command is handled exactly as POWER RC
     button when the player is turned on, and is ignored when the player is
     in the standby mode.

- Added a possibility to easily format a non-initialized drive (e.g. HDD)
  just by pressing ENTER of the drive item on the main screen.

- "dune_folder.txt": "background_order" parameter now supports the
  following set of values (instead of "first" and "last" as took place in
  the previous firmware version):
   - "before_all": the same as "first" in the previous firmware version.
   - "before_icons": the same as "last" in the previous firmware version.
   - "after_all": a new option, allowing to paint the custom background
     after everything else (including file icons).

- "dune_folder.txt": added a possibility to hide file icons (w/o using
  dummy fully-transparent icon). Syntax:
   - "paint_icons = no" (default is "yes").

- Added more menu languages: Hungarian, Polish. Some other languages

- The configuration of built-in FTP server adjusted to allow "FXP"

- Added support for playback of video files with ".trp" extension (no more
  need to rename them).

- Improved the speed of startup of specific MKV files, which previously
  could take too long to start (that could even be considered by the user
  as hangup in some cases).

- Bugfix: playing a file with an unknown length (such as MP3 with VBR
  bitrate) caused playback crash (this bug was introduced in the previous
  beta firmware version).

- Bugfix: playing/reading files from SMB share could crash in some cases
  (the bug introduced by SMB optimizations in the previous beta firmware
  version) (plus some other SMB-related bugs fixed).

- Bugfix: returning to file browser (e.g. after playback) caused crash if
  current folder had dune_folder.txt with custom background image.

- Bugfix: specific Blu-ray images could not be played in some cases.

- Bugfix: after switching to TrueHD audiotrack in MKV file, stuttering
  could take place in specific cases.

- Bugfix: "dune_folder.txt" / "paint_captions = no" did not work properly
  in some cases (when the filename was too long and scrolled, it was shown
  despite this setting).

Version "091211_1311_beta" (BETA version)
Download: dune_firmware_hdbase_sony_091211_1311_beta.dff (ZIP)
Changes since 091023_1444:
- Added more conveniency for working with subtitles and audiotracks during
  file and DVD playback:

   - Added the setting "Misc / Playback / Enable subtitles by default for
     files" which allows to choose one of the following settings:
      - "No" -- do not use subtitles by default.
      - "Yes" -- always use subtitles by default if any subtitles exist
        (internal or external).
      - "Internal only" -- if internal subtitles exist, use them by
      - "External only" (default) -- if external subtitles exist, use them
        by default.

   - Added the setting "Misc / Playback / Default subtitles preference"
     with choices "Internal" and "External" (default), which controls which
     kind of subtitles have priority if "Enable subtitles by default for
     files" is set to "Yes" and both internal and external subtitles exist.

   - Added the setting "Misc / Playback / Quick toggling of single
     subtitles" (enabled by default), which enables special behavior of
     SUBTITLE RC button when there is only one subtitles track: instead of
     showing the usual subtitles menu, the SUBTITLE RC button allows to
     quickly toggle this single subtitles track (select / deselect it). To
     enter the subtitles setup, press SUBTITLE and then SETUP.

   - Added a new possibility to conveniently and quickly show/hide the
     currently selected subtitles track (even if there are multiple
     subtitles) just by pressing the RC button "D" (blue).
      - When a subtitles track is selected, the "D" RC button toggles the
        visibility of the currently selected subtitles.
      - When selecting a subtitles track from the subtitles menu, the "D"
        RC button allows to select the subtitles track but hide it
        initially (until the "D" RC button is pressed during playback to
        show the subtitles).

   - Added the setting "Misc / Playback / "ENTER" closes subtitles/audio
     menu" (enabled by default). When enabled, selecting a track from the
     menu of available subtitles/audio tracks (by pressing "ENTER" RC
     button, or also "D" RC button for subtitles), automatically closes the
     menu (instead of keeping it shown).

- Added bookmarks functionality also for file playback (previously worked
  only for DVD playback).
   - Bookmarks work similarly to how they work for DVD playback: when
     stopping playback of a file, the current position is remembered and
     then automatically resumed when the file is played again; the bookmark
     is automatically deleted when the file is played till the very end;
     bookmarks are remembered for up to ~200 files.
   - NOTE: you can press "0" (jump to 0%) to quickly start file playback
     from the very beginning, if bookmark was used.
   - NOTE: there is no yet ability to disable bookmarks or confirm bookmark
     usage, possibility to review recent bookmarks, etc.
   - NOTE: still no support for generic Blu-ray bookmarks (only standard
     bookmarking possibilities provided by some Blu-ray discs on their own
     are supported).

- Added zoom functionality for photo viewer.
   - Instructions:
      - Use P+/P- to zoom-in/zoom-out.
      - Use arrows to scroll through the zoomed picture.
      - Use ZOOM to toggle through "fit to screen", "pixel to pixel", and
        "custom" zoom modes.
      - NOTE: Any zoom action shows ZOOM information box, which is
        automatically hidden after some period of user inactivity. Press
        ENTER or RETURN to hide it immediately.
      - NOTE: Any zoom action pauses the slideshow. To resume the
        slideshow, press PLAY.
   - NOTE: When working with photos having very high resolution (much
     bigger than FullHD 1920x1080), photo viewer initially loads photos
     with a reduced resolution (minimal resolution which is enough to
     ensure excellent photo quality on FullHD display, in order to speedup
     things); after zooming into the picture, photo viewer initially shows
     the already loaded version of the picture (with reduced resolution),
     and then automatically loads and shows the version of the picture with
     full resolution in background (so it may take some seconds to show the
     best quality photo in zoom mode).

- Added time search (go to HH:MM:SS) functionality also for file playback
  and DVD playback (previously was provided only for bluray playback, while
  for file/DVD playback it was only possible to use +/-10sec/1min/10min
   - Instructions:
      - Press SEARCH, enter HH:MM:SS, then press ENTER.
      - When entering HH:MM:SS, the following RC buttons are available:
   - NOTE: the "Quick Play" feature is still available, the same way as
     before: quickly press SEARCH, then PLAY.

- Added more font sizes for text subtitles (file playback) in addition to
  "small" and "medium": "large" (+25%), "x-large" (+50%), "xx-large"
   - NOTE: This feature is intended primarily for relatively small screens
     (or for relatively big viewing distance).

- Added a possibility to switch between Internet Radio stations, IPTV
  channels, or other streamable media (where time search is not supported)
  via P+/P- buttons. Instructions:
   - Launch the playlist with streamable media sources in the usual way,
     then use P+/P- buttons instead or in addition to the usual NEXT/PREV

- Various playback and file format compatibility improvements:

   - Performance of network playback from SMB servers further improved
     (effective data transfer rate is now up to 20% bigger, and may be even
     comparable to NFS, so even playback from problematic SMB servers
     should work better now).

   - Bugfix: specific Bluray images could not be played properly.

   - Bugfix: specific DVD-Video discs with MPEG audio streams could not be
     played properly.

   - Bugfix: specific DVD-Video discs could not be played properly.

   - Bugfix: playing TS files in a loop (more than 40 repeats) could cause
     playback crash or hangup.

   - Bugfix: MKV and MP4/MOV files with multichannel AAC+SBR audiotracks
     could not be played because of unsupported AAC+SBR audiotrack. Now,
     such unsupported audiotrack is simply excluded from the list of
     audiotracks and file playback is possible.

- General/miscellaneous improvements:

   - Added more menu languages: Italian, Romanian, Spanish. Some other
     languages updated/improved.

   - Added a warning when the user attempts to choose non-recommended
     settings in the "System" setup section.

   - Improvement: FTP server and SMB server applications running on Dune
     consume less processing power during playback now (their "nice" level

   - Improvement: switching directly to the main menu in file browser (via
     RC button STOP/REPEAT/TITLE/TOP-MENU) works slightly faster now.

   - Change: "IPTV" and "Internet Radio" items are now always shown on the
     main screen when they are enabled in the "Applications" setup section
     (even if their configuration is missing). To remove these items from
     the main creen, disable them in the setup.

   - Bugfix: setting "HDMI audio" to "off" caused wrong colorspace on HDMI
     video output (purple/absent/distorted picture).

   - Bugfix: after playing a video/music file from UPnP server and then
     returning to file browser, an empty folder content could be shown in
     specific rare cases.

   - Bugfix: initialization of System Storage during firmware update could
     not work for partitionless USB flash drives.

- Various "dune_folder.txt" mechanism improvements:

   - Added support for images files not only in Dune-specific AAI file
     format, but also in BMP, PNG, JPG, and GIF formats.
      - NOTE: For BMP and PNG formats (as well as AAI), transparancy and
        alphachannel are supported.
      - NOTE: The performance of reading images from various file formats
        may differ, depending on the exact file format, image resolution,
        and media source kind (e.g. local or network disk). In most cases,
        AAI and BMP are the recommended formats having the best
        performance. If you need a standard and widely used image file
        format with tranparancy/alphachannel support and good performance
        on Dune, use BMP.

   - Added progress indication during loading of custom background image
     when image loading takes a while (could take place e.g. when loading
     FullHD 1920x1080 background from a network media source).

   - Added a possibility to show just icons w/o captions (filenames) below
     them. Syntax:
      - "paint_captions = no" (default is "yes").

   - Added a possibility to hide the "path box" (the box showing the path
     to the current folder at the top of the screen). Syntax:
      - "paint_path_box = no" (default is "yes").

   - Added a possibility to hide the scrollbar. Syntax:
      - "paint_scrollbar = no" (default is "yes").

   - Added a possibility to hide the "help line" ("CONTROLS: ..." text at
     the bottom of the screen). Syntax:
      - "paint_help_line = no" (default is "yes").

   - Added a possibility to hide the "icon selection box" (a frame around
     an icon indicating that the icon is selected).
      - "paint_icon_selection_box = no" (default is "yes").

   - Added a possibility to not paint the shaded background for the
     "content box" (the area listing icons). Syntax:
      - "paint_content_box_background = no" (default is "yes").

   - Added a possibility to alter the location and internal padding for the
     "content box" (the area listing icons). Syntax:
      - "content_box_x = ..." (>=0, -1 means default = auto).
      - "content_box_y = ..." (>=0, -1 means default = auto).
      - "content_box_width = ..." (>0, -1 means default = auto).
      - "content_box_height = ..." (>0, -1 means default = auto).
      - "content_box_padding_left = ..." (>=0, default = 20).
      - "content_box_padding_top = ..." (>=0, default = 20).
      - "content_box_padding_right = ..." (>=0, default = 20).
      - "content_box_padding_bottom = ..." (>=0, default = 20).

   - Added new options for altering the way custom background is painted.
      - "background_order = first/last". Here:
         - "first" means paint custom background before "path_box",
           "content_box", and "help_line" (i.e. under these elements).
         - "last" (default) means paint custom background after these
           elements (i.e. over them).
      - "optimize_full_screen_background = yes" (default is "no"). "yes" is
        reasonable to specify in order to slightly improve the performance
        in the following cases:
         - Custom background image is full-screen (1920x1080) solid image
           (w/o transparent pixels).
         - "background_order = first".

   - Added a possibility to paint a custom scrollbar using a user-defined
     image file. Syntax:
      - "scroll_path = {image-path}"
      - "scroll_x = ..." (>=0, -1 means default = auto)
      - "scroll_y = ..." (>=0, -1 means default = auto)
      - "scroll_height = ..." (>0, -1 means default = auto)

   - Added a possibility to paint custom "mark" icons (icons used when
     marking files via SELECT RC button, e.g. to select items for the
     playlist) using a user-defined image file. Syntax:
      - "mark_path = {image-path}"
      - "mark_dx = ..." (-960..960)
      - "mark_dy = ..." (-540..540)

Version "091023_1444"
Download: N/A (has not been released for this player model, the listed changes are included into next firmware versions)
Changes since 090731_1629_beta:
- Added a possibility for vertical shifting of video area (move up/down)
  during file playback. Instructions:
   - Press ZOOM, enter custom zoom mode, then use V+/V- RC buttons to
     perform vertical shifting.

- File playback improvements:

   - Improved speed of opening specific MPEG-TS files, which previously
     could take too much time to open (especially when playing them from

   - Added support for MPEG-TS files having no PMT/PAT tables, which
     previously could not be played.

   - Added support for correct playback of specific TS files (with invalid
     TS packets and some other specific files), which previously could not
     be played properly.

   - Improved scrolling in audiotracks and subtitles menus in specific

   - Improved RC/menus responsiveness when playing streaming audio (e.g.
     Internet Radio).

   - Bugfix: autoframerate did not work correctly for specific TS/H.264
     files (such as Sky_1080i-50.ts).

   - Bugfix: wrong number of PCM channels could be output to receiver
     during file playback (e.g. stereo MP3) after switching to a next
     playlist item.

   - Bugfix: file playback could crash when switching from internal TrueHD
     audiotrack to an external auditrack in specific cases.

   - Bugfix: switching from external audiotrack to internal audiotrack
     could lead to no sound when playing specific MPEG-PS files.

   - Bugfix: audiotrack switching during file playback did not work
     properly in specific other cases.

   - Bugfix: audiotracks detection (for file playback) did not work
     properly in specific cases.

   - Bugfix: playback could stop accidentally or some other unexpected
     actions could be performed in specific rare cases.

- DVD playback improvements:

   - Bugfix: fixed various problems with audio output during DVD playback
     (including those introduced in the previous beta firmware

   - Bugfix: DVD playback worked wrongly in specific rare cases.

- Blu-ray playback improvements:

   - Bugfix: RETURN and SETUP RC buttons did not work properly during
     bluray playback in specific rare cases.

   - Bugfix: mute indication did not work properly for bluray playback in
     specific rare cases.

- Photo viewer improvements:

   - Added a possibility to view photo files via UPnP (previously was
     supported for all kinds of media sources except UPnP).

- File browser improvements:

   - Added a possibility to open and browse a playlist file (M3U, PLS) by
     pressing "0" RC button also when browsing files on a UPnP share
     (previously was supported in all cases except UPnP).

   - Quick switch to the main screen in file browser is now possible not
     only using STOP/REPEAT RC buttons, but also using TOP-MENU RC button
     (for 2.0+ Dune RC) and TITLE RC button (for 1.0 Silver Dune RC).

   - Improved handling of STOP/REPEAT/TITLE/TOP-MENU RC buttons in the
     Torrents screen: not just return to file browser, but also go to the
     main menu (the same as in file browser).

   - Bugfix: player could hang up trying to recognize label/UUID of
     specific optical discs. Now, for FTP and SMB access to Dune, optical
     discs in optical drives can be accessed via simple names
     "optical_drive", "optical_drive2", etc, instead of more complicated
     unique names used before.

   - Bugfix: file browser rejected to open SMB share in specific rare

- "dune_folder.txt" mechanism improvements:

   - Added a possibility to use HTTP URLs in dune_folder.txt for icon_path
     and background_path.

   - Bugfix: no icons shown when using dune_folder.txt with "num_rows = 1"
     and the path to the current folder shown at the top of the screen is
     too long. Now, the icons are downscaled automatically as needed to fit
     into the visible area.

   - Bugfix: the handling of ENTER RC button on media folders (folders with
     dune_folder.txt with media_url) is rolled back to the behavior which
     took place in the previous stable firmware (090626_1828) (always
     perform PLAY for both folders with media files and Blu-ray/DVD video
     folders) instead of the behavior wrongly introduced in the previous
     beta firmware (090731_1629_beta) (OPEN folder with media files, and
     OPEN/ASK USER/PLAY Blu-ray/DVD video folders).

   - Bugfix: dune_folder.txt and playlist files could not be read in
     specific cases (such as from a NFS share) when non-ascii characters
     were used in file/folder path.

- General/miscellaneous improvements:

   - Added showing of the actual video resolution/framerate in Setup /
     Video when Auto/EDID video mode is chosen.

   - Added more interface languages: French, German, Dutch, Ukrainian.

   - Bugfix: player settings could be lost in specific rare cases.

   - Bugfix: System Storage on HDD partition did not work fully properly
     (torrent client autostart on boot did not work, SMB server did not

   - Bugfix: launching firmware upgrade using a DFF file with whitespace in
     its path did not work.

Version "090731_1629_beta" (BETA version)
Download: dune_firmware_hdbase_sony_090731_1629_beta.dff (ZIP)
Changes since 090626_1828:
- Integrated a new version of Sigma Blu-ray SDK:
   - This solves all currently known compatibility problems with new
     Blu-ray discs.

- Added autoframerate feature (an initial version):
   - A new setting added: "Setup / Video / Auto framerate" with possible
     values "Disabled" (default), "50/60Hz" and "24/50/60Hz".
   - Autoresolution is not yet supported, only autoframerate is supported.
   - Supported only for file playback; no yet support for DVD playback and
     Blu-ray playback.
   - Supported only for HDMI 720p/1080i/1080p video modes.
   - Source framerate detection is implemented for most of the supported
     container formats and videocodecs (although it is not guaranteed to
     work correctly with each particular file).
   - 23.976 vs 24.0, 59.94 vs 60.0 are distinguished and handled correctly.
   - When playing a playlist of files with different framerates, video
     output is reconfigured before playback of each file in the playlist.
   - The currently used video mode and video output framerate are reported
     during playback in INFO OSD.

- Completely rewritten file browser engine:
   - All existing user-visible functionality of the file browser is
     preserved, but the internally used engine is almost completely
     reworked to make it much more flexible and powerful. This allows allow
     to introduce various additional functionality (such as browsing lists
     of SMB/NFS shares, browsing UPnP resources, browsing content of
     playlist files, browsing content of Audio CD discs, browsing content
     of RAR and other archives, etc). The new egnine allows to implement
     all additional functionality in a way consistent with already existing
     functionality, reusing all advanced features and possibilities of the
     file browser, such as:
      - Convenient and fast navigation through the hierarchy of
      - Showing the path to the current folder/object in the title bar and
        allowing to quickly navigate to any element of this path.
      - Convenient and fast scrolling through large lists of items.
      - Ability to customize the look of lists (e.g. switch between list
        view and icon view, assign custom visualization using
        dune_folder.txt where appropriate, etc).
      - Ability to use the general cut/copy/paste (and delete/rename)
        functions where appropriate.
      - Ability to use the general possibility to mark multiple items and
        play the marked items or perform some other operation on the marked
      - Ability to use the general possibility to generate a playlist from
        the marked items (including recursive scanning of folders with
        subfolders), where appropriate.
   - Added several new features based on the new engine:
      - Browser of content of M3U/PLS playlist files.
         - Press "0" on a M3U/PLS file to open the file directly in the
           file browser. Then you can e.g. mark some items of the playlist,
           and launch playback of the marked items.
      - Browser of SMB workgroups/server/shares (see details below).
      - Browser of UPnP servers (see details below).

- Added Network Browser feature with support for SMB and UPnP servers:
   - There is a new "Network Browser" item on the main screen, allowing to
     conveniently browse media resources available in the local network
     (w/o knowing their IP addresses and other technical parameters).
   - The new item can be disabled via "Setup / Applications / Network
     Browser / Show in main screen" setting.
   - Currently, the network browser supports SMB and UPnP servers.

- SMB browser features:
   - Choose "Network Browser / SMB" to see all accessible SMB workgroups,
     SMB servers, and SMB shares.
   - After you open an SMB share, you can work with its content just like
     as with the content of manually registered SMB network folder (play
     files, copy/delete/rename files, etc).
   - By default, guest access to a SMB share is performed; if guest access
     fails, you can enter user name and password to be used.  Besides, user
     name and password if desired can also be entered/modified via "Connect
     as user" context menu action.
   - Entered user names/passwords are persistently remembered in flash
     memory, so you do not need to renter them each time when you reenter
     the SMB share (even after player power off).
   - Several SMB shares can be accessed simultanously; in particular, if
     you want, you can copy/move files from one SMB share to another.
   - Also added a new possibility for manually configurable network
     folders: now, not only IP address or DNS name of the SMB server can be
     specified, but also WINS (Windows) name of the SMB server.

- UPnP browser features:
   - Choose "Network Browser / UPnP" to see all accessible UPnP servers.
   - After you open a UPnP server, you can browse all media content
     published by this server and play it.
   - The provided funcionality is similar to the functionality available
     when working with SMB/NFS shares. You can select any files and play
     them, play the entire folders (with automatic playlist generation from
     the folder and all its subfolders), mark multiple files/folders and
     play them, etc.
   - The currently implemention is has the following limitations (planned
     to be addressed in future firmware versions):
      - Viewing photo files from UPnP servers is not supported. You can
        only play video and music files.
      - Playback of DVD and Blu-ray folders and ISO images from UPnP
        servers is not suppoorted. You can only play regular files (e.g.
        TS, MKV, etc).
      - The use of external subtitles and audiotracks is not supported.
        You can only use internal subtitles and audiotracks.
   - Playback of very high bitrate content is supported (may depend on a
     particular UPnP server and network conditions). UPnP uses HTTP for
     content playback, and HTTP playback has been optimized signficantly to
     allow playback of very high bitrate content, such as TS and MKV files
     with 40-50+ Mbit/s bitrate (see below for more details). In some
     cases, when a file server can not ensure stutter-free playback via SMB
     and NFS protocols (e.g. when a NAS with a slow CPU is used), UPnP can
     be tried as a potentially more performant alternative.
   - National characters in file names are supported (may depend on a
     particular UPnP server).
   - Note: testing with different UPnP servers have been performed, but
     there are no guarantees that any UPnP server will work fully correctly
     or work at all. The list of at least partially tested UPnP servers
      - TwonkyMedia Manager/Server (http://www.twonkymedia.com/)
      - TVersity (http://tversity.com/)
      - Windows Media Player 11 on Windows XP
      - Windows Media Player 11 on Windows Vista
      - PS3 Media Server (http://code.google.com/p/ps3mediaserver/)
      - PlayOn (http://www.themediamall.com/playon)
      - uShare (http://ushare.geexbox.org/) on Linux
      - FUPPES (http://fuppes.ulrich-voelkel.de/)

- Improved HTTP client:
   - Significantly optimized HTTP playback performance. With fast enough
     HTTP servers, all containers (MKV, TS, AVI. WMV, MP4/MOV) now support
     smooth playback of very high bitrate content (up to 40-50 Mbit/s, even
     when using the standard 100Mbit Ethernet network connection).
   - Improved HTTP servers compatibility; some bugs fixed.
   - Note: HTTP playback can be performed in two ways:
      - Play some content from UPnP server (UPnP internally uses HTTP for
        content playback).
      - Put direct HTTP URLs pointing to some media content into playlist
        files (M3U/PLS) or into dune_folder.txt (using "media_url").

- More convenient handling of audiotracks and subtitles:
   - Added a new OSD GUI for audiotracks/subtitles selection during file
     playback and DVD playback.
      - Now, when pressing SUBTITLE or AUDIO button, OSD listing all
        available audiotracks/subtitles is shown. You can quickly and
        conveniently choose any desired audiotrack/subtitle (using UP and
        DOWN buttons), w/o the need to toggle through all available
        audiotracks/subtitles one-by-one. This is especially convenient
        when a fnle has a large number of audiotracks/subtitles.
   - Improved handling of external audiotracks.
      - Now, when external audiotracks are present, the internal
        audiotracks still remain available for choosing. All available
        audiotracks, both internal and external, are now listed in the OSD
        menu, and you can easily switch between all available internal and
        external audiotracks; no more need to delete/rename files with
        external audiotracks to enable the use of internal subtitles.
   - Subtitles are not enabled by default for file playback any more.
      - Now, as was requested by many users, if a file has internal or
        external subtitles, they are not enabled by default. You can easily
        enable them by pressing SUBTITLE button.

- Additional adjustments for text subtitles during file playback:
   - Besides of adjusting vertical position of text subtitles, it is now
     also possible to adjust the following parameters:
      - Subtitles font color.
      - Subtitles font size (choose between normal or smaller font).
      - Subtitles delay (synchronization correction).
   - All text subtitles adjustments are now available via a special "Setup"
     item in the subtitles menu. You can also quickly show the subtitles
     setup menu by pressing SUBTITLE, then SETUP. In the subtitles
     adjustment menu, you can use the following RC buttons:
      - UP / DOWN: Move subtitles up/down.
      - LEFT / RIGHT: Change subtitles synchronization correction.
      - P+ / P-: Increase/descrease subtitles font size.
      - 1..6: Choose subtitles font color.
   - Note: these new possibilities are provided only for text subtitles,
     and only for file playback.

- File playback improvements:
   - Added support for TrueHD audiotracks in MKV files.
   - Added support for 120FPS AVI files.
   - Improved handling of VobSub subtitles in MP4 files.
   - Improved audio output through HDMI. Now, when playing stereo audio
     files (or video files with stereo audiotracks), and PCM output through
     HDMI is used, the player reports the proper number of PCM channels to
     HDMI receiver (instead of always sending multichannel PCM). This
     allows HDMI receiver to better handle stereo sound.
   - Faster switching between audiotracks in WMV files.
   - Bugfix: PCM audiotrack in MKV could start stuttering in specific rare
   - Bugfix: Switching to FLAC audiostram in MKV could lead to no audio in
     specific rare cases.
   - Bugfix: Seek in MKV files could lead to no audio in specific rare
   - Bugfix: WMAPro audio could be handled wrongly in some cases.
   - Bugfix: External EAC3 audiotracks could be handled wrognly in some
     cases when HDMI bitstreaming was performed.

- Bluray playback improvements:
   - "P+" RC button allows to show/hide secondary video (PIP), when
     supported by a Blu-ray disk (while "SELECT" RC button allows to do the
     same for secondary audio). 

- File browser improvements:
   - Improved speed of opening folders with huge number of subfolders;
     "dune_folder.txt" files for subfolders are checked/loaded only when
   - Improved speed of launching playback and returning to file browser for
     folders with huge number of files/subfolders.
   - Added progress indication (right bottom corner of the screen) on
     lengthy operations (such as opening a folder with huge number of
   - Playlist generation improvements:
      - Support for very big generated playlists (10000+ items should be OK
      - Better detection of cyclic references between multiple playlist
      - Better reporting names of playlist items in case of errors.
   - Bugfix: long path to the current folder (wrapped to several lines in
     the title bar) could lead to wrong picture on the screen when "icon
     view" mode was used.

- Added possibilities to access all locally attached drives from network:
   - Previously, only a single locally attached drive (such as internal HDD
     or USB HDD) could be accessed from network via SMB and FTP protocols.
   - Now, all locally attached drives are accessible (including all
     USB-attached drives, and also optical discs in all attached optical
   - For each attached drive, there is a dedicated SMB share with a certain
     name. The fixed "internal_hard_disk" SMB share does not exist any
   - When connecting via FTP, each attached drive is represented as a
     top-level FTP-folder with a certain name.
   - SMB shares and FTP folders corresponding to attached drives have the
     following names:
      - If the drive has volume label: {volume label}_{uuid}.
      - If the drive does not have volume label: {default name}_{uuid},
        where default name is something like "hard_disk", "usb_storage",
        "usb_storage_2", etc.
      - Volume label and UUID of each drive can be seen in "Information"
        dialog for the drive (e.g. press "INFO" RC button on the drive item
        in file browser).
      - The user can manually assign any name to any drive by using
        "storage_name = ..." syntax in "dune_folder.txt" file in the root
        folder of the drive.

- Added new "dune_folder.txt" features:
   - "media_url" can now contain not just relative paths, but also absolute
     paths point to files on the same drive or other locally attached
     drives (helpful for working with media collections stored on several
     drives). Syntax:
      - "media_url = /path/file". Refers to the file with absolute path
        /path/file on the same drive.
      - "media_url = storage_name://name/path/file". Refers to the file
        with absolute path "/path/file" on the drive with the given storage
        name; here, storage name is the same as used for FTP/SMB access
        from network (automatically generated default name such as
        "usb_storage_UUID", or explicitly assigned custom name -- see
      - "media_url = storage_label://label/path/file". Refers to the file
        with absolute path "/path/file" on the drive with given volume
        label. (Volume label can seen in Information dialog for the drive.)
      - "media_url = storage_uuid://uuid/path/file". Refers to the file
        with absolute path /path/file on the drive with with given UUID.
        (UUID can seen in Information dialog for the drive.)
      - Note: referencing files on other network drives is not yet
   - "dune_folder.txt" in the root folder of a drive can be used to assign
     a custom name/caption to the drive. Syntax:
      - "storage_name = ...". Assigns a custom storage name to the drive.
        This name is used for FTP and SMB access from network and for
        referencing the files on the drive using "media_url". Unless
        "storage_caption" is also explicitly set (see below), the custom
        storage name is also used as the storage caption shown in the file
      - "storage_caption = ...". Assigns a custom storage caption to the
        drive, to show in file browser.

Version "090626_1828"
Download: dune_firmware_hdbase_sony_090626_1828.dff (ZIP)
Changes since 090619_1649_beta:
NOTE: This is a stable/recommended firmware version, including all changes
from all previous beta versions. It is basically equivalent to the latest
beta version 090619_1649_beta, and does not contain any signifant changes
(except a minor bugfix listed below). New big features (new Sigma SDK,
autoframerate etc) will come into further beta versions.

- Bugfix: in some cases, the user could set volume level to a wrong value
  leading to wrong volume handling.

Version "090619_1649_beta" (BETA version)
Download: dune_firmware_hdbase_sony_090619_1649_beta.dff (ZIP)
Changes since 090424_0218_beta:
- Bugfix: player could become unusable (refuse to play anything till
  reboot, generate errors on playback attempt) in specific cases.

- Bugfix: when reading file content from a NFS share, bad data was read in
  the end of the file in some cases.

- Bugfix: torrent client refused to work with certain torrent trackers,
  such as tracker.hdclub.com.ua.

- Bugfix: disconnecting a main storage (e.g. attached USB HDD) from the
  player could not work correctly if the main storage was in use by the
  player (e.g. due to SMB/FTP-connection from a PC). Now all usages of
  disconnected storages are automatically terminated by the player when the
  player detects storage disconnection (e.g. on exit to the main menu).

- Bugfix: text rendering in OSD could work with not the best possible
  quality (incorrect antialiasing) in some cases. Now the best possible
  antialiasing quality is ensured in all cases.

- Bugfix: first EAC3 audiotrack in TS files could not be detected in
  certain cases.

- Bugfix: playback of very high bitrate PCM WAV audiofiles could produce
  garbage sound or no sound.

- Bugfix: playback of very high bitrate external FLAC audiotracks could
  cause A/V desync on seek.

- Bugfix: when playing specific DTS WAV audiofiles and DTS CD tracks,
  severe stuttering could begin at some point, or garbage audio output or
  playback hangup could take place in the end of playback.

- Bugfix: when playing specific PCM WAV and FLAC audiofiles through S/PDIF
  and analog audio outputs, severe stuttering could begin at some point.

- Bugfix: player could freeze after finishing firmware upgrade in certain

Version "090424_0218_beta" (BETA version)
Download: dune_firmware_hdbase_sony_090424_0218_beta.dff (ZIP)
Changes since 081226_1216_update2:
- Includes also all changes from 081226_1216_update2, including:
   - Support for emergency firmware recovery.
   - Robustness improvements for Gigabit Ethernet module.
   - Support for a new version of Gigabit Ethernet module.

- A solution for the problem with inability to bitstream audio when playing
  certain Blu-ray disks (sending stereo-PCM to S/PDIF and multichannel PCM
  to HDMI instead of bitstreaming original audiotrack).
   - A new option "Blu-ray audio" introduced in Setup / Audio menu, with
     possible values "Best quality" and "PiP support".
   - When set to "Best quality" and "Digital audio output mode" set to
     "bitstream", the primary audiotrack is sent to S/PDIF and HDMI as
     bitstream not depending on the presence of secondary audiotrack;
     secondary audio/video functions ("PiP") are disabled.
   - When set to "PiP support", secondary audio/video functions are
     enabled, and, to support these functions, the player is allowed to use
     "decode" mode instead of "bitstream" mode on digital audio outputs (so
     audio quality may suffer, e.g. stereo-PCM may be sent to S/PDIF
     output, and S/PDIF, and multichannel-PCM may be sent to a HDMI

- Various improvements/bugfixes for handling of HD audiotracks in files.
   - Improved support for bitstreaming Dolby TrueHD and DD+ (EAC3)
     audiotracks during file playback.
   - More robust handling of DTS HD and DTS HD MA audiotracks during file
     playback; some freezes fixed.
   - Faster switching to DTS HD MA audiotracks during file playback.
   - Bugfix: specific VBR HD audiotracks in MKV files could be handled
   - Bugfix: specific files with HD audiotracks could cause no audio on
     HDMI in bitstream mode when an external audiotrack was present.
   - Some other minor bugfixes.

- Improved firmware upgrade progress indication:
   - Flash memory update phase is indicated as 0..100% (rather than 0..66%,
     as previously).
   - Extra applications installation phase is indicated explicitly.

- Added support for "primary" drive as a partitionsless drive (e.g. USB
  flash drive formatted w/o a partition table).

- Added support for more encodings for subtitles and playlists files:
   - CP1250, CP1253, CP1254, CP1256, CP1257, CP1258 (in addition to
     previously supported UTF8, CP1251, CP1252, CP1255).
   - (See Setup / Misc / Encodings.)

- Better support for Vietnamese language (some previously missing
  characters added to fonts).

- Better support for Romanian langauge (some previously missing characters
  added to fonts).

- Bugfix: certain hand-made DVD-Video disks violating DVD specifications
  could cause playback crash.

Version "081226_1216_update2"
Download: dune_firmware_hdbase_sony_081226_1216_update2.dff (ZIP)
Changes since 081226_1216_update1:
- Added support for emergency firmware recovery.
   - If firmware upgrade crashes (e.g. the player is switched off during
     firmware upgrade), firmware recovery is possible in most cases (except
     the case when the new firmware version has a modified "kernel" part
     and the upgrade crashes exactly when rewriting this "kernel" part
     (first 15% of upgrade progress)).
   - There is an indication of the player loading progress at the front
     panel of the player, with the following phases / messages: "DUNE",
     "LOADING", "--1--", "--2--", "--3--", "READY".
   - Firmware recovery is usually possible if at least "--1--" is shown
     during player loading.
   - Firmware recovery procedure:
      - Copy a firmware DFF file into "dune_firmware.dff" file at the top
        level of a USB flash drive (preferably use exactly the same
        firmware version as was attempted to install during the failed
      - Switch the player off (using the power button on the player).
      - Attach the USB flash drive with "dune_firmware.dff" file to the
      - Switch the player on.
      - The player should detect the the USB flash drive and automatically
        start firmware recovery procedure. You should see "RECOVER", "CHK
        0", "CHK 1",..., "CHK 99", "REC 0", "REC 1", ..., "REC 99", "OK",
        "EJECT STORAGE AND REBOOT" messages on the front panel of the
         - On an error, a message "ERR ..." is displayed on the front penal
           of the player. "..." is the error code. Possible error codes:
            - "ERR Ann", "ERR Bnn", "ERR Cnn": A problem with
              the "dune_firmware.dff" file: the file is invalid/broken, the
              file corresponds to a wrong player model, the file can not be
              read from the USB drive, etc.
            - "ERR Dnn", "ERR Enn": A problem during data copying (e.g. the
              USB drive disconnected during data copying).
      - Detach the USB flash drive from the player, and delete the
        "dune_firmware.dff" file from it (do not attach the USB flash drive
        with this file to the player when you switch the player on,
        otherwise, the player will attempt to recover the firmware again).
      - Switch the player off (using the power button on the player).
      - Switch the player on.
      - The recovered firmware should load in the usual way.

- Robustness improvements for Gigabit Ethernet module (affects both old and
  new module versions). Previously, player could fail to detect network
  presence in some cases.

- Added support for a new version of Gigabit Ethernet module (shipped with
  new Dune players starting with the middle of Aprile, 2009).

Also includes some bugfixes from previously released beta versions:

- Bugfix: DHCP might not work with some DHCP servers when non-100Mbit
  network adapter (WiFi or 1Gbit) was used.

- Bugfix: INFO dialog for internal HDD could produce an error in some cases
  (e.g. after HDD formatting).

- Added support for "primary" drive as a logical drive on extended partition,
  and as 4th primary partition (previously only first 3 primary partitions were
    - Affects all functionality which requires "primary" drive to be
      recognized by the player: FTP server, SMB server, torrents
      downloading, IPTV recording, screenshots saving, etc.
    - Now, "primary" drive is looked up in the following order:
       - First logical drive on extended partition.
       - 4th primary partition.
       - 3rd primary partition.
       - 2nd primary partition.
       - 1st primary partition.

Version "090313_1955_beta" (BETA version)
Download: dune_firmware_hdbase_sony_090313_1955_beta.dff (ZIP)
Changes since 090220_2125_beta:
- Photo viewer improvements:
    - Added settings menu (Setup / Applications / Photo Viewer):
        - Slideshow delay.
            - Range: 1 second to 1 day.
        - Slideshow effect. Supported effects:
            - Random
            - Smooth appearance
            - Small squares
            - From center to edges
            - From center horizontally
            - From center vertically
            - From edges to center
            - From edges horizontally
            - From edges vertically
            - From left to right
            - From right to left
            - From top to bottom
            - From bottom to top
            - Moving halfs
            - Moving quarters
    - "0" remote button allows to change slideshow effect directly during
      photo viewing.
    - Changed the way PLAY / PAUSE / STOP buttons are handled:
        - PAUSE: pauses the playback (i.e. toggles slide show off).
        - PLAY: resumes/pauses the playback (i.e. toggles slide show
        - STOP: exits photo viewer (the same way as RETURN).
    - Added repeat and random playback features (see below for info on
    - Added possibility to enter player setup menu and change various
      settings (photo viewer settings, video mode settings) directly from
      photo viewer.
    - Added possibility to show the information about the current photo.
      - INFO remote button toggles showing of the INFO block.
      - INFO block shows file name and picture resolution.
      - When the INFO block is shown, slideshow is paused.

- Added random playback possibility to file player (see below for info
  on usage).

- New remote buttons for controlling random/repeat functions in file player
  and photo viewer:
    - Press MENU to show the playlist browser, then:
        - Press 7 (or REPEAT on silver remote, or ROTATE on black remote)
          to toggle repeat.
        - Press 8 (or SHUFFLE on silver remote) to toggle random.
    - When not in the playlist browser:
        - Press 7 (or REPEAT on silver remote) to toggle repeat.
        - Press 8 (or SHUFFLE on silver remote) to toggle random.

- Added spindown/spinup of all attached USB/e-SATA HDDs on entering/exiting
    - NOTE: Spinup of USB HDDs may not work, depending on a particular
      USB HDD model. In this case, the spinup is performed not
      immediately on exiting standby, but when the HDD is accessed.

- Added spindown of disks in all connected optical drives (internal,
  USB, e-SATA) on entering standby.

- Added support for MPEG2-TS files with ".m2t" extension (previously it was
  neeeded to rename these files to e.g. ".m2ts").

- Added possibilities to workaround DVD-Video navigation problems:
   - SELECT remote button allows to explicitly trigger between MENU and
     PLAYBACK modes.
      - In MENU mode: LEFT/RIGHT/UP/DOWN buttons allow to control the DVD
      - In PLAYBACK mode: LEFT/RIGHT/UP/DOWN buttons allow to seek.

- Added full support for DTS audio files.
   - Proper detection and handling of DTS audio stream (in particular, both
     ".wav" and ".dts" files are supported).
   - No more dependency on volume = 0.
   - Output to all audio outputs which support DTS output (previously only
     S/PDIF worked, and noise could be present on other outputs).

- Added support for DTS CD-Audio disks.

- Added correct support for big custom icons in the right panel ("extended
  list view" used for the parent folder, with big custom folder icons
  assigned to the child folders via dune_folder.txt). Previously, the usage
  of big icons could corrupt the screen content.

- Added dune_folder.txt support for custom background images.
   - Supported image format: .AAI.
   - Background image can be of any size.
   - Background image can have transparency and alphachannel.
   - Background image position and scale factor can be adjusted.

- Added dune_folder.txt support for reloading custom icons/images.
   - Press ROTATE button or perform "Refresh" menu action to reload
     icons/images loaded via dune_folder.txt.

- Added support for dune_folder.txt/media_url referencing DVD ISO files,
  Bluray ISO files, DVD folders, Bluray folders.

- Changed the way DVD/Bluray ISO-files/folders handled when building a
  playlist: now these items are skipped (unless there is only one such item
  in the playlist).

- Torrent client settings made more flexible: the allowed range of
  "max.number of peers" and "max.number of uploads" settings extended from
  1..10 to 1..300.

- Added support for confirming CD-Audio/DVD-Video/Bluray disk playback w/o
  using the remote, and using FIP keys in dialogs in general. Usage:
   - STOP = cancel the dialog.
   - PLAY = press the selected button.

- Bugfix: Bluray folders and ISO images with " ' " character in file path
  could not be played.

- Bugfix: Bluray ISO images with ".ISO" extension written in upper case
  could not be played.

- Bugfix: playback of unavailable IPTV channel could lead to playback crash
  in some cases.

- Bugfix: detection of DTS audiostreams in TS files could work wrongly in
  some cases.

- Bugfix: audio could disappear in specific AVI files in some cases (file
  containing multiple CBR audiostreams and non-first audiostream used).

- Bugfix: specific DVD-Video disks (with specific DVD-Menu features) did
  not play properly.

- Bugfix: specific FLAC audio files (with specific tags) could not be

- Bugfix: specific MKV/VC1 files could not be played and led to player

- Bugfix: specific audiostreams (marked as A_MS) in MKV files could not be

- Bugfix: FTP access to NTFS-formatted disk did not work at all (now
  read-only FTP access works as expected).

- Other minor fixes/improvements.

Version "090220_2125_beta" (BETA version)
Download: dune_firmware_hdbase_sony_090220_2125_beta.dff (ZIP)
Changes since 090213_1219_beta:
- Improved handling of DTS HD audiostreams in TS and MKV files.

- Added support for DTS LBR audiostreams for TS files.

- Added support for DTS audio files with ".dts" extension (previously it
  was only possible to play these files by renaming them to ".wav"). NOTE:
  the support for DTS audio files is still partial and has limitations
  (work in progress).

- Improved audiostreams switching for AVI files (previously it could take a
  very long time to switch, now the switch should be almost immediate in
  most cases).

- Bugfix: 7.1 analog audio outputs worked in 2.0 mode when playing Bluray

- Bugfix: When playing a file, switching from DTS HD MA to DTS HD audio
  stream could cause audio loss on HDMI.

- Bugfix: MOV/MP4 files with SBR AAC audio did not work correctly in some
  cases (audio stuttered).

- Bugfix: Some seek commands (such as go to 0%..90%) caused playback crash
  on VBR MP3 files. (Now such actions are just ignored, as they are not yet

- Bugfix: Multiple PAUSE presses could cause playback crash on VBR MP3

- Bugfix: PREV did not work correctly on some files (it was only possible
  to jump to the previous file, but not to the beginning of the current

- Bugfix: photo viewer refused to load photos when the file path
  contained non-ASCII character and non-UTF8 encoding was used for the

- Bugfix: When manual IP configuration was used, DNS settings could not
  work properly in some cases.

Version "090213_1219_beta" (BETA version)
Download: dune_firmware_hdbase_sony_090213_1219_beta.dff (ZIP)
Changes since 081226_1216_update1:
- Includes also all changes from 081230_1712_beta (including support for HD
  audio formats in file playback).

- A completely new photo viewer functionality.
    - Supported image formats:
       - JPG, PNG, BMP.
       - No limitations on image resolution.
    - Faster image loading/showing.
       - Preloading images in advance.
       - Optimized file loading and painting.
       - Loading a low-resolution version first to speedup initial showing
         when needed.
       - Instant entering and exiting photo viewer mode (no video output
       - Progress indication when photo loading takes noticeable time.
    - Other improvements.
       - A better scaling approach leading to a better picture quality
         (especially when FullHD video output resolution is used).
       - Correct scaling of PNG and BMP files (previously aspect ratio was
         not properly preserved).
    - Slideshow.
       - Starts automatically when playlist with multiple photos are
         launched (e.g. PLAY on a folder with photos, or PLAY on a file in
         a folder containing multiple photos).
       - No blank screen between photos, seamless transition from one photo
         to another.
       - Slideshow delay is not yet configurable.
       - Transition effect is not yet configurable.
    - Remote buttons in photo viewer mode:
       - RETURN: return to the file browser.
       - PLAY: enable slideshow mode.
       - STOP: disable slideshow mode.
       - PAUSE: toggle slideshow mode.
       - ROTATE: rotate the current photo clockwise.
       - 1: rotate the current photo counter-clockwise.
       - 2: flip the current photo vertically.
       - 3: rotate the current photo clockwise.
       - 4: flip the current photo horizontally.

- Added CD-Audio playback support.
    - CD-Audio disks are automatically recognized and their playback is
      proposed (similarly to playback of DVD-Video disks). Autorun behavior
      can be configured in Setup / Misc / Optical Drive.
    - Playback of CD-Audio disks is implemented as playback of a playlist
      consisting of all audiotracks.
       - The usual playlist navigation features are supported (PREV, NEXT,
         MENU, etc).
    - Supported for internal optical drive and external (USB) optical

- Added NFS TCP support for NFS network folders (previously only UDP was
    - TCP/UDP protocol can be chosen when creating/editing network folder.

- Video setup extensions.
    - TV aspect ratio can now be explicitly configured by the user
      (previously it was always automatically concluded from the video
       - Supported aspect ratios: 16:9, 4:3, 16:10, 5:4.
       - In particular, 16:9 aspect ratio can now be chosen instead of 4:3
         for PAL/NTSC-resolution video modes (576i, 576p, 480i, 480p).
    - Added information about the current video mode (helpful when HDMI
      Auto (EDID) is used).

- Added local time synchronization via network (NTP protocol).
    - Time synchronization can be enabled/disabled in Setup / Misc / Time
      Synchronization. By default, it is disabled.
    - NTP time server can be configured. The default is pool.ntp.org.
    - Synchronization interval can be configured. The default is 1 day.
    - Time zone can be configured. The default is GMT.
    - Automatic switching to daylight saving time can be enabled/disabled.
      By default, it is enabled.
    - When time is synchronized, the current date/time are shown in Setup /
    - When time is synchronized, files modified by the player get correct
      timestamps (otherwise, they get wrong timestamps).

- Added support for "primary" drive as a logical drive on extended
  partition, and as 4th primary partition (previously only first 3 primary
  partitions were supported).
    - Affects all functionality which requires "primary" drive to be
      recognized by the player: FTP server, SMB server, torrents
      downloading, IPTV recording, screenshots saving, etc.
    - Now, "primary" drive is looked up in the following order:
       - First logical drive on extended partition.
       - 4th primary partition.
       - 3rd primary partition.
       - 2nd primary partition.
       - 1st primary partition.

- Added support for up to 16 simultaneouly USB storage devices (previously,
  up to 8 devices were supported). (NOTE: depending on a particular player
  model and player model revision, because of system needs, a lesser number
  of user-attached USB storage devices may be actually supported.)

- Added support for unlimited number of subfolders with custom icons
  assigned (via dune_folder.txt / .AAI) (previously, only up to 100
  subfolders could have custom icons).

- .AAI files are now considered to be system files, and thus are hidden by
  default. To show system files, System / Misc / Advanced / "Show system
  files" setting can be used.

- Added support for installing custom (e.g. user-generated) translations of
  player menus.
    - More information: http://dune-hd.com/support/languages

- Enabled pause for VBR MP3 files (previously it was not supported).

- Added support for certain MKV files with AAC audiotracks, which were
  previously unsupported.

- Added support for playback of specific AVI files when external audio is
  used and playlist is used.

- Added support for EAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus) audio tracks in MKV files.
    - Only decoding to PCM is supported. Bitstreaming EAC3 core is not

- Added support for external EAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus) audio tracks.
    - Supported for all container formats.
    - File extension: .ac3 (the same as for AC3 audio tracks, AC3 vs EAC3
      is autodetected).
    - Only decoding to PCM is supported. Bitstreaming EAC3 core is not

- Minor internal improvements improving player stability when it is kept
  switched on for a long time.

- Bugfix: Playback of some MKV files could crash (usually in the middle or
  near the end of the file) due to a memory leak.
    - NOTE: Also affected MKV files with a wrong extension assigned, e.g.

- Bugfix: DVD-Video playback crashed on some DVD-Video disks utilizing
  certain DVD-Menu features, which are not supported well by the player.
  Now, no crash occurs, and, although the DVD-Menu may still work
  incorrectly, the user still may be able to start main movie playback
  (e.g. by using chapter-navigation commands) (depending on a particular
  DVD-Video disk).

- Bugfix: Some region-protected DVD-Video disks could not be played.

- Bugfix: 7.1 analog audio outputs did not behave properly in some
  cases (work in progress).

- Bugfix: When playing certain Bluray disks and using certain Bluray menus,
  remote control sometimes started to behave wrongly (autorepeat of remote

- Bugfix: AVI files with external audio was not handled properly within

- Bugfix: Pressing EJECT when playing multiple files from optical media was
  not handled properly (led to NEXT instead of STOP).

- Bugfix: File playback crashed in some cases on an attemp to seek to the
  file beginning.

- Bugfix: MPEG4 audio streams were not handled properly in some cases.

- Bugfix: MPEG2-TS files were not handled properly in some cases.

- Bugfix: Seek during pause could lead to sticky subtitles when playing MKV

- Bugfix: When playing MKV files with VOBSUB subtitles (which are not
  suppored by the player for MKV files), these subtitles were still allowed
  to be chosen by the user.

- Bugfix: PREV button during file playback did not work properly in some
  cases for some files.

- Bugfix: ISO files could not be played when the file path contained
  non-ASCII charactes and non-UTF8 encoding was used for the filesystem.

- Bugfix: File read test could report wrong read speed when the file path
  contained non-ASCII characters and non-UTF8 encoding was used for the

- Bugfix: DHCP might not work with some DHCP servers when non-100Mbit
  network adapter (WiFi or 1Gbit) was used.

- Bugfix: SMB server did not work when non-100Mbit network adapter (WiFi or
  1Gbit) was used.

- Bugfix: System / Information page always reported the MAC address of the
  100Mbit Ethernet, even if another kind of network adapter (WiFi or 1Gbit)
  was used.

- Bugfix: When WiFi connection with "None" security is used, the password
  field was required to be not empty.

- Bugfix: Web browser could not be started in some cases.

- Bugfix: Using web browser with HDMI video output did not work properly
  with some HDMI displays, and did not handle HDMI disconnect/reconnect

Version "081226_1216_update1"
Download: dune_firmware_hdbase_sony_081226_1216_update1.dff (ZIP)
Changes since 081226_1216:
- NOTE: Changes from 081230_1712_beta are not included.

- Added support for "System Storage" on USB flash drive. More details.

- Some robustness improvements and fixes for Bluray playback.

- Disabled updating of "last access time" timestamps for files on locally
  attached drives (to prevent possible issues with filesystem corruption
  when the drive is detached from the player on-the-fly).

- Bugfix: Player settings and player license could be lost during firmware

- Bugfix: Certain functions could not work robustly in some cases,
  including: web browser, SMB server, Internet radio and IPTV menus on the
  menu screen.

Version "081230_1712_beta" (BETA version)
Download: dune_firmware_hdbase_sony_081230_1712_beta.dff (ZIP)
Changes since 081226_1216:
- Added support for HD audio codecs for file playback.
   - Supported HD audio codecs:
      - DTS HD (HRA, MA), Dolby TrueHD.
   - Supported container formats:
      - MKV, TS.
   - Supported output options:
      - HDMI:
         - Bitstream (HDMI 1.3 receiver is required).
         - Decode to multichannel/stereo PCM (downmix when target HDMI
           device requires it).
      - S/PDIF:
         - Bitstream (extract core) (DTS HD only, no support for Dolby
           TrueHD bitstreaming).
         - Decode to PCM (downmix to stereo).
      - 7.1/2.0 analog outputs:
         - Decode (downmix to stereo for 2.0 output).
   - NOTE: Support is limited and may not work properly for some files.

- Added support for FLAC files with ".fla" extension (both as standalone
  audio files and external audiostreams) (previously, only ".flac"
  extension was supported).

- Bugfix: Switching from PCM to AC3 audiotrack during file playback could
  disable audio on S/PDIF.

- Bugfix: AVI files with broken/missing index could be handled wrongly in
  some cases.

- Bugfix: WMA audio files was played w/o showing proper OSD.

- Bugfix: Text subtitles (MKV embedded, external) did not work properly in
  slow speed mode.

Version "081226_1216"
Download: dune_firmware_hdbase_sony_081226_1216.dff (ZIP)
The first official version ever shipped with production players.