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I need Blu-Ray Player w/ Wi-Fi(for NetFlix) advice...
21 May 2011 | US Navy Vet

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?


TOPICS: Technical; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: bluray
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To: US Navy Vet

I use an older Mac Mini. I connect it to my TV using a DVI to HDMI cable, to my stereo using a digital/optical cable, and to my network via ethernet. I’ve installed the Plex media server, which I can control with my Logitech remote and my iPhone/iPad. We can access iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, NBC, ABC, Fox News, CBS, PBS, PBS Kids, MTV, and so on using freely available plugins.


51 posted on 05/21/2011 9:55:22 AM PDT by Theo (May Rome decrease and Christ increase.)
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To: discostu

Odd Lots, Ollies, Meritline, Ebay...I never pay more than $3 for a 4 ft cable.


52 posted on 05/21/2011 9:58:03 AM PDT by FreedomNotSafety
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To: US Navy Vet

We have a Magnovox at WalMart, Blu Ray and Wireless ready for $68.00. You can’t beat that price.


53 posted on 05/21/2011 10:00:05 AM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
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To: US Navy Vet

I’m pretty happy with a Sony with integrated WiFi (built in is important, if it’s not it will cost you money and annoyance) for BluRay and Hulu+ and Amazon Video, and an Apple TV for Netflix and podcasts. $250 total.

The Sony will do Netflix, but sucks compared to the Apple TV.


54 posted on 05/21/2011 10:09:45 AM PDT by ctdonath2
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To: Blennos
"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."

Could be. I just play what NetFlix sends me.

It might also be that I am succeeding because I am "not" using an actual "player", but a real Windows PC running software to play BRD's. Perhaps the folks who programmed that software know of the "java idiosyncrasy", and programmed around it. Certainly software packages are upgraded far more frequently than BRD player firmware.

I'll have to watch and take notes to see if I can tell which it is. Is there a way to specifically identify a disc as BR-J (trademark on disc, for instance)? If that question is answered at your link, then my apologies in advance, as I haven't yet read your link's info.

55 posted on 05/21/2011 10:12:05 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: US Navy Vet

We got a Best Buy open box for under $100. Blu-Ray 2.0, built-in Wireless-G card, and Netflix app. Works pretty well. It likes to hang sometimes and requires the occasional restart, but it’s for the kids mainly (I use my PS3 in the main room).


56 posted on 05/21/2011 10:21:36 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: Poser
>> Wii won’t play DVD and is only 720P

It's actually worse than that, North American Wiis only support 480i/480p.
57 posted on 05/21/2011 10:49:00 AM PDT by Mike-o-Matic
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To: DesertSapper; US Navy Vet
I have a Samsung BD-C5500C. I suggest you avoid this model - very slow menu response time and most DVDs require multiple attempts before the system can play them.

Have to slightly disagree. I have the same model, bought it for $99 at Tiger Direct before Christmas, so we've had it awhile now. Mine's performed flawlessly with every DVD/Blu-Ray disc we've put into it, and the NetFlix option works well also. The menu's are a little slow, but it's not terrible.

By the way, the Wi-Fi works fine, but you'll get less streaming interruptions running a CAT-5 to your router. I haven't experienced a single streaming interruption since I did that.

I've also really liked the fact that I could connect it directly to my Stereo Amplifier and use the 7.1 surround well with this player. Pandora is good on it too!

58 posted on 05/21/2011 10:55:04 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Wonder Warthog
I'll have to watch and take notes to see if I can tell which it is. Is there a way to specifically identify a disc as BR-J (trademark on disc, for instance)? If that question is answered at your link, then my apologies in advance, as I haven't yet read your link's info.

As far as I know, there is no way to identify a disk as BD-J or not. They are not stamped as such. It is quite frustrating. I rarely watch a movie straight through in one sitting. Sometimes I will watch one over 2 or 3 days. I hate to sit through previews and titles and warnings again and again. And then FF to try to find where I left off last time. For this reason, I have given up on blu-ray and just play my DVDs (or use Netflix streaming play).

59 posted on 05/21/2011 11:11:24 AM PDT by Blennos
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To: FreedomNotSafety; US Navy Vet
>> Odd Lots, Ollies, Meritline, Ebay...I never
>> pay more than $3 for a 4 ft cable.


Wise move!

It's unreal what some of these retail outfits want for an HDMI cable. $60 or $80 for a six-foot HDMI cable? They're insane. I guess there's still a sucker born every minute. Geez... A digital signal is a digital signal!! It either gets there or it doesn't.

On the other hand, if "Monster Cable" and its ilk aren't fancy enough, you can always order one of these $2,594 wonder-cables I suppose! (BONUS: the shipping is free!!!)

Yeah, sure the construction quality of a pricy cable might be a bit better, but how much flexing and moving around does an HDMI cable get?

Personally, I like Monoprice for an online vendor. They have lots of specialty computer, networking, and A/V items for cheap (price) and superb quality, too. Half the time you can get your cable for less than the cost of shipping. They cost a ton less for LCD panel mounts (TVs and monitors) too. Those are another A/V item whose price brick-and-mortar outfits jack way up. Link: http://www.monoprice.com
60 posted on 05/21/2011 11:11:49 AM PDT by Mike-o-Matic
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To: ElkGroveDan

You might want to try Southern Comfort, it is also great for that chronic cough. I don’t know about movies coming to mind after a few shots, because of the cough, you know, but I do sleep like a baby on benydril. Maybe a few extra shots will bring on the movies, in techni-color. I’ll have to experiment and document the findings.


61 posted on 05/21/2011 12:26:30 PM PDT by OldBullrider (if yur hurt, rub some dirt on it, and get back to work)
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To: OldBullrider

For wild movies in full technicolor you’ll want to have some Nyquil with your Southern Comfort.


62 posted on 05/21/2011 12:48:13 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: KoRn

... and the Playstation Network rocks! Wait, nevermind.


63 posted on 05/21/2011 12:52:37 PM PDT by DesertSapper (God, Family, Country . . . . . . . . . . and dead terrorists!!!)
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To: ElkGroveDan

And if I want 3D movies add the benydril, nyquil and Southern Comfort...what do you think.


64 posted on 05/21/2011 1:17:27 PM PDT by OldBullrider (if yur hurt, rub some dirt on it, and get back to work)
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To: US Navy Vet

Best Buy Insignia. About $88 bucks. I just bought two, one for my parents, one for my children. I now have two Insignia products and love them. It’s the Sonys that I have problems with.


65 posted on 05/21/2011 1:21:56 PM PDT by Politicalmom (“You mess with Israel, you mess with the U.S.”-Herman Cain)
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To: Poser

I use a ps3 also.

The problem with ps3 wifi is it’s a ‘G’ series and not very fast.

I plan to use a wired connection soon.

I do get some pixelation over wifi.

Just purchased a Linksys 4200 router and it is blazing on my ‘N’ connections.


66 posted on 05/21/2011 1:24:45 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: US Navy Vet

Oh, if you just want to stream video, Roku can’t be beat.


67 posted on 05/21/2011 1:25:08 PM PDT by Politicalmom (“You mess with Israel, you mess with the U.S.”-Herman Cain)
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To: Blennos
Sony-BDP-S570

Second that.

68 posted on 05/21/2011 1:58:35 PM PDT by Stentor ( "All cults of personality begin as high drama and end as low comedy.")
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To: Stentor

Anyone know where I can get a driver to make Microsoft Sidewinder Precision Pro work with Windows 7? ... I’m learning to loathe Microsfot.


69 posted on 05/21/2011 2:03:08 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: Clara Lou

I’ve never had that happen to me with my PS3.


70 posted on 05/21/2011 2:16:44 PM PDT by Bogey78O (Don't call them jihadis. Call them irhabis. Tick them off, don't entertain their delusion.)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

+1 for the Sony from Costco. Cheap and works beautifully. Setting up the wireless link is a bit tricky, but got it to work first time.


71 posted on 05/21/2011 2:27:49 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: US Navy Vet

Since your FR homepage says you are retired Navy, I can assume you are over the age of 30, LOL.

And if you are over the age of 30 and have no interest in video games, do not....I repeat..._DO NOT_... get talked into getting a PlayStation3 (PS3)!!!

I do home theater installations and I can’t tell you how many times the kids have talked mom & dad into a PS3 when all they wanted was to play movies and they regret it deeply.

The problem?

Besides being overpriced for what you intend to do, they operate on the Bluetooth standard (instead of Infra-Red) for the remote control which means that you cannot operate your system using a standard remote control (not even ‘Universal’ remotes) but are stuck using the unfathomable (for oldies like us) game controller with all the joysticks and fifty million buttons when all you want to do is press ‘Play’ and ‘Stop’.

If you are unable to physically run an Ethernet cable from your router to your Blu Ray, let me echo what others have said....get the WiFi built-in. Do NOT get one that is WiFi ‘READY’.

Now I am no real fan of Sony per se (I hate their audio equipment) but their video division has historically been unsurpassed and they are the inventors of the Blu Ray format.

Like they use to say about IBM....you’ll never get fired buying Sony.


72 posted on 05/21/2011 2:30:17 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: US Navy Vet

In my more recent experience with electronics you cannot expect better reliability with more expensive name brands any more. I have the cheapest WIFI Blu-Ray player I could find, in my bedroom and a more expensive midrange player in the living room. Both are connected to 1080p displays via HDMI. They both are effectively the same, the more expensive player boots about 30 seconds faster and has more options to rent movies over the internet but for BD movies and Netflix, the function is virtually identical.

Unless you want some more options to rent expensive streaming movies or the ability to run internet widgets you may want to start with a $100 basic unit with WIFI built in. As said before, don’t get WIFI ready, in the end, it will cost significantly more.

Good luck.


73 posted on 05/21/2011 3:01:07 PM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: doorgunner69

Costco had 2 Sony’s when I got mine. The cheaper one required you to purchase another component.
I got the one (more expensive) that was all ready to go.


74 posted on 05/21/2011 3:12:30 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (2008 was about words; 2012 will be about numbers)
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To: US Navy Vet

I use a PS3 and it works great. It’s going to be updated far longer and faster than most of the stand alone Blue Ray Players. It’s also wireless or wired. Finally you can play games. Netflix also is available on the WII and I think the current XBox. On a Blue Ray if you’re going wireless most of them require a USB wireless dongle which is proprietary to that machine. If it doesn’t come with the Blue Ray you have to purchase it separately and they tend to be pricy. When I went to buy one the best price for the features was a Sony but when you added the dongle it added something like $70 to total price. I went with the PS3.

You don’t have to spend $$$ at the PlayStation store or give PlayStation a credit card if you don’t want to. Separate password for the PlayStation Network and for Netflix. I assume it’s the same for the WII and XBox.


75 posted on 05/21/2011 4:47:47 PM PDT by airedale
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To: US Navy Vet

You’ve got to get a region free player if you want to watch videos from Qatar, Mongolia, and Slovakia, PAL!


76 posted on 05/21/2011 5:01:16 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Stentor; US Navy Vet; Blennos

If you have a Sam’s Club membership, you should check out the BDP-BX57. It is the Sam’s version of the 570 and is on clearance for under $140.00.

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/product.jsp?productId=prod1110839&navAction=push


77 posted on 05/21/2011 5:06:36 PM PDT by edge10 (Obama lied, babies died!)
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To: Poser

The other problem is when PS Online goes down for weeks on end...


78 posted on 05/21/2011 9:22:05 PM PDT by Born Conservative
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To: US Navy Vet

i’ve got two netflix enabled devices ... a sony blu-ray dvd player and a 32” vizio hdtv with built in internet apps. both are good ... sony’s interface is prettier ... vizio’s is more convenient to use


79 posted on 05/22/2011 7:01:07 AM PDT by TheRightGuy (I want MY BAILOUT ... a billion or two should do!)
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To: MHGinTN
Sidewinder works with Windows 7
80 posted on 05/22/2011 7:36:11 AM PDT by Scutter
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To: Scutter

Thanks for the link but Sidewinder Precision Pro will not load onto my 64 bit Windows 7 OS. Mickysoft doesn’t know why it is not compatible and sent the form letter telling me they would notify me if a fix ever arises. Of course they didn’t get an email addy to which they could send this ‘notification’ and you can bet they will not be making an ‘update’ patch, so it looks like yet again Mickysoft has purposely made their own hardware obsolete so one has to buy newer crap from them.


81 posted on 05/22/2011 8:31:10 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: MHGinTN

I have a Samsung 6500 blue ray with built in WiFi. Not only does it have Neflix it also has Apps for Vudu in Standard, HD and HDX, Blockbuster and other cinema apps. All of which are generally cheaper than PPV. YouTube, Facebook and other junk like that also available.


82 posted on 05/22/2011 10:15:40 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (Liz Cheney/Sarah Palin 2012)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

I used to think that, too, about Sony products. But then I put an “unfinalized” home-recorded Sony DVD disc into my Sony BRD player and the drive mechanism went into a perpetcual “kachunk...whirr...whirrrr...kachunk...whirr” mode. I had to send the entire unit back to get them to pull the disc out of the player. I even recorded the disc on a Sony optical recorder to avoid the problems of using multiple mfgrs.


83 posted on 06/04/2011 9:32:53 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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