Picture paused right in the middle of The Hobbit - guess the PS3 didn't approve of the movie.
Everything else other than the drive appears to work fine, but while the drive accepts a disc (audio, DVD, or BluRay), it does nothing with it. It doesn't even recognize that it has taken in a disc other than the blue disc light remains on. I've tried soft reboot. Hard reboot. Unplug and reboot. Quick format restore. I think its dead, JIm.
So, looks like I need to either buy a new PS3 (I have a few video games that I never play, some still wrapped) or go for a stand-alone BD player.