I followed your recommendations: "Hook the player up to a ethernet connection and then also enable AP mode".
Unfortunately this did not help. The connection time is still 45-50 seconds.

I bring the screen recording of a smartphone:
At 20:31:00 I connected the power to the Raspberry Pi.
At 20:31:47, a connection occurred.

Just in case - a photo of the download on the TV screen. This is the final image - after 8-10 seconds after connecting the power to the Raspberry Pi.

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