Skip to comments.I need Blu-Ray Player w/ Wi-Fi(for NetFlix) advice...
Posted on 05/21/2011 7:21:42 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
What is a good one to buy and what are stinkers?
The PS3 works fine for Netflix and is a good game console as well. My only complaint is that the operating system software for online PS3 seems to update about once a week.
Have Sony unit that I got at Costco. Sony always makes great products.
I bought a cheap Samsung refurb and found it better than the new one I bought. The thing is, it had someone else’s email address on it that couldn’t be simply deleted - I had to call up Pandora to do that.
I love Samsung. They make a good product.
I have Netflix with my Wii system and my iPhone and iPad,works great
I have this one. http://www.amazon.com/Sony-BDP-S570-Blu-ray-Disc-Player/dp/B0036WS4D4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1305987497&sr=8-1 It has worked well. But I rarely watch blu-ray. With most blu-ray you cannot stop the movie and then continue at the same point, but must start from the very beginning of the disk. This is most annoying. For that reason, I use DVDs (which my player upscales to 1080p).
Forget Blu Ray.....get a Roku XDS. I love mine.
I have a LG, not WiFi, and it handles BlueRay and NetFlex just fine.
I have XBOX 360 with netflix, My kids and wife love it.
We have Netflix through my sons’ Wii- I’m pleasantly shocked at how easily it all works together.
Sony bluray player. I have it. connects to TV via hdmi cable. fast hookup
Really, I was shocked that blu-ray would never remember where I was in a movie to resume watching later. It seems like such a simple thing to be able to do instead of starting over each time.
I am serious. The BD-J disks which now comprise the great majority will simply not permit a “resume” function. It you stop the disk, you must start from the very beginning. You can pause it and then continue (but most players will automatically stop after 10 minutes or so), but you cannot stop. Makes it difficult to watch part of a film and then continue the next day without a lot of hassle. This is why I have abandoned blu-ray until this is fixed.
There are many discussions of this problem on-line. here is one: http://www.handcoding.com/archives/2009/04/03/oh-so-thats-why-some-blu-ray-discs-dont-resume/
That’s if you turn off the player, I think. You can certainly pause movie for as long as you want.
Well I can’t give an opinion on what console.
Because when the ‘stars’ came out against our country, our troops, and then, President, I stopped watching movies, supporting the ‘stars’ and making them rich/er....
Coincidentally, it was just as the ‘age of Obama’ started.
I bit the bullet and bought a computer for both of our TV’s. Costs more but more functionality.
LOL! I just upgraded from the Macallan Version 12.0 to the 15.0.
I bought the BestBuy brand Insignia on sale for about $100...it was already set up to run on the internet, took only a few minutes. We have Netflix, youTube....all the extras. I love it. Well worth it. The Blu-Ray works very nice in combination with my HDTV. It’s like you are really there. And I bought the cheapest one.
I second the PS3.
Doesn’t it have to do with the TV you have? I’m happy with my Samsung Blue Ray. Just go to Best Buy and get the full and latest dope on this.
I tried this. I left my player on overnight on pause so that I could resume the next day. The player (almost all are like this) turns itself off after a certain time period of no activity. This is to preserve the drive which keeps spinning while in pause. At any rate, I had to start from the very beginning the next day.
Head to CNet, that’s where I do all my electronics research. I decided on a Samsung BD-C6500 recently by going through their stuff, the funny part is I did the research the hard way (just started with their lists) then when I went back I found the “front door” to their Blu-Ray recommendations and that was the one they recommended highest for the level I was looking for.
And, of course, the most important part is never, ever, under any circumstances, should you consider, for even a moment, buying cables from Best Buy, or Monster cables from anybody not Best Buy. I got the HDMI cables I needed from my local computer place, bought 3 (I needed to add a hub for my setup) there for less than 1 costs at Best Buy. I pointed that out to the clerk and the next day their lightup sign was advertising their cables, that made me happy.
Pick up a $50 used computer on craigslist and use that. VGA output is fine because streaming videos are not high definition. If you use a computer you can also find lots of free movies and tv online. Freepmail me if you want some links.
The problem with the Rokus is they’re limited. For $50 more you can get a BluRay that will do everything the Roku does and play BluRay and DVD.
Don't get hung up over the fact that these are gaming systems. I own two of them and I don't play games on them at all. They're just outstanding media systems all around. Easy to hook up, use and update. The hard drives are an added bonus.
True, but personally I am not interested in owning or renting DVD’s. I have over 200 movies waiting to be watched in my Netflix instant queue and am adding more all the time.
I am done with DVDs but I may be over downloading movies too since I discovered Angry Birds on Google Chrome. I piped it to my big screen via my laptop HDMI connection and used my wireless mouse to run it. Also played some old school Atari lunar lander.
I would imagine all the new televisions work almost flawlessly with Netflix.
Having said that, it also works perfectly with our 10 year old Toshiba. We also have a 1 year old Samsung flatscreen that works perfectly as well.
I already own a bunch, got almost 500 physical in my Netflix queue (which is the max else I’d have more) plus whatever fell to instant. Roku’s are nice if you’re going to be net only, but if you have any physical media they’re outshined by net enabled bluray.
LOL. Oops, I scared my dog.
But after I explained it to him, he said, “ROR.” (That’s LOL in Dogspeak.)
Unless you specifically want to be able to play Blu-Ray discs, you might check on flat-screen TV’s with built-in WiFi. My Panasonic plasma has built-in Wi-Fi AND built-in Netflix, which it accesses through my internet connection.
“I have Netflix with my Wii system and my iPhone and iPad,works great”
So do I, but Wii won’t play DVD and is only 720P. I use it to send Netflix to my DVD recorder.
I think this MUST have to do with some specific players. I play BRD's from my home-built "home theater PC", and it does "pause and play" just fine.
Playstation 3. Latest firmware also allows for 3D Blu-Ray.
I have a Samsung BD-6500.
Highs: Good overall performance, good Netflix picture
Lows: Does not support Hulu Plus, which I thought it did; Loud sound at power on, which I finally found the control to turn off, but cannot be turned down.
Overall I am happy with it, I just wish had a better TV to connect it to. (32in Panasonic 720p).
Have an old $100 Emachine with a Pentium 4, 2 gig ram and a 512 MB vid card hooked with my wifi and connected to my 47 inch LCD with a HDMI cable. Works great.
I bought two of those. I like them.
Get a PS3.
With it, you’ll have a Blu-Ray Player, Wireless net access, Netflix, a great gaming console. It’s a one stop shop for all media in the house. It’s also a fully functional computer. The Wii and Xboxes are for kids.
I have a ROKU in the living room and a PS3 in our media room. I actually prefer the cheaper ROKU.
That’s a PS3, and it does Hulu as well.
Oh yeah, it apparently plays games too.
No, it is not the player. It is the disk format. The newer format, called BD-J (Blu-Ray Java), does not allow resume, on any player. Some of the older blu-ray disks were created before BD-J. The great majority of all BD disks are BD-J. You must have gotten lucky and used an older BD disk.
Here is one site which explains this. http://www.sony-asia.com/support/faq/432547
Why can’t BD-J resume play?
Resume play won’t work because BD-J application in the disc disables the resume function. The Java software controls playback plus all the interactive content (like what Windows OS does on the computer). When you hit stop, or turn off the player, the Java application on the disc reboots in the next playback. This results in resuming playback from the beginning of the disc. Therefore you should use pause instead of stop for Blu-ray disc that supports BD-J application.
I like the PS3. You get blu ray/dvd player, wifi link, usb ports, hdmi and other connects. Plus, you can play games with it. Amazingly easy to set up/use. Wirelessly connect to computers/printers on the network, do slideshows, etc.