Okay, gave up on this Philips thing for now, don't spend more time on it (and money). The 'new'
LG CT10N installed drive seems have some firmware problems (and cannot find a newer one than 1.5). It seems it is a common problem because there are consumers with the same problem.
I have two of these and used one in an USB enclosure to test the blu-ray functionality on a PC, detects the disc and after this same problem won't read blu-ray discs however can read all other formats. The error is some decoding problem.
So yeah, this is a big sad puppy (which is a shame), very nice design and construction quality. I don't want to take a risk it won't work again by buying other drive. Maybe I find one for free but for now don't want to spend any penny on it.
Thanks for the help everyone!
The new drive (
LG CT10N) is now able to play blu-ray on PC, so the drive is really capable to play blu-ray discs. I use VLC with added third-party codec and works however needs to be updated over time.
I think updates is the issue with the HTS7200 (there are no updates) because there are other people with the orginal drive that cannnot play some blu-ray discs or no blu-ray at all. Something with 'keys' that needs to be updated over time, it is a complicated and insane protected format. And also the compatibility with the system like somebody else noticed in the comments however is weird because it can play all kind of other discs, updates must be the reason for a PC-like device like this. On PC same story, can play everything whithout requirements except blu-ray (however able to fix it).
In modern standards, a stand-alone hardware device without updates (not supported anymore) become obsolete over time. "Please throw it away and buy a new one". No spare parts available, no tweaking allowed to keep it running. I have seen this with all kind of 'smart' devices like TV's, Phones, etc.
To the manufacturers: "You don't care about planet earth, do you?". Really frustrates me manufactures forcing products (hardware due software) to be obsolete while it is still cabaple of.