I bought a 40″ Toshiba television earlier this year (a 40RL858) and was very pleased with apart from the fact that BBC iPlayer didn’t work out of the box.
Update: the 40RL858 has now been superseeded by the [easyazon_link asin=”B00B1C87C4″ locale=”UK” new_window=”yes” nofollow=”default” tag=”bobmckay-21″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”yes”]Toshiba 40L1353B 40-inch Full HD 1080p LED TV with Freeview HD[/easyazon_link]
The TV has a built in firmware updater but everytime I ran it, it simply told me no update was available.
I contacted Toshiba and they told me no problem, they’d send a firmware update out to me. The very next day 1GB flashdrive arrived and I attempted the update procedure: no dice. I couldn’t get the TV to accept the firmware update no matter what I did.
I called Toshiba again and they sent another flash drive but the same problem occurred again. I tried downloading the firmware from their website with a link they gave me and reformatting the drive – no luck.
I then gave up and stuck to watching iPlayer via my PC and the TV via HDMI.
Finally A Solution
The other day I decided to have another crack it – hoping that Toshiba had released a new firmware update that I might have more luck with, rather than call them up I decided to checkout the email they sent me many moons ago as I seem to remember that the URL was actually an FTP server (so I could in theory browse around the files available).
I logged in an sure enough there was a more recent update for the 40RL858 and for several others, I downloaded it, unzipped it to a flash drive and ‘Hey Presto’, the TV accepted the firmware and now I have a fully functional iPlayer.
For anyone else looking for firmware updates for their TVs, I downloaded all the ones I could see and linked them here.
Please note that you use these files at your own risk and I have provided them ‘as is’, incorrect firmware updating can permantently damage your TV.
And what I am assuming are older versions of the firmware: