The question: For all the BD Player software you buy now, will you be getting lifetime updates for newer BDs?
The answer: No.
The question: Why?
The answer: BD standards unlike DVD standards are not yet "locked". Whether Sony intends to lock it anytime in the future is also not certain. It is being kept as an evolving standard. As a result there are many variations that are adapted by media manufacturers as also newer encryption/security measures.
The software player vendors, while they may update their current version by patches to play the newer BDs as they evolve, may not oblige you when they release a new version. It will be in their business interests to force you to buy the new version to be able to play the new BDs.
The question: Then what is the solution?
1. Keep buying the newer versions as they are released.
2. Make a one-time investment in buying DVDFab's Passkey or Slysoft's
AnyDVDHD which keep abreast with the newer BDs faster. ( My
two machines run AnyDVDHD - both licensed individually. While you
may run it on any number machines with one license, you may have
to take care that you use it on only one machine at a time or else
you run the risk of your key being blacklisted)
The question: What about the Hardware BD Players?
The answer: hmmm... the answer is the same. Five years later Samsung may not
release any new firmware for their old model
. You may be forced
to buy their new model.
The question: So then what is the solution here?
The answer:Your best bet will be to buy the Sony PS3 for its BD Player. As the
originator of BDs, they have to take care that all BDs play on their
machines. You may expect firmware updates for as long as PS3
exists - I guess
. (And I have the PS3 only for the BD Player - I do
not play games)
Note: It will be your responsibility to take care of the local laws applicable.( For example, I understand that in Germany use of AnyDVDHD is permissible for personal use.)