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01/01/2010 07:44:22 AM · #1
Does anyone own one of these machines? Any Advice on what to look for? I know I want one that will do live Netflix movie streaming, and there are only a few models that can do that, but it gets confusing after researching different models.
01/01/2010 08:50:03 AM · #2
Get a PS3, then you get a game console thrown in :)

Don't know about Netflix though.
01/01/2010 08:56:38 AM · #3
I just bought this one, a Panasonic DMP-BD60K. There are probably better players out there but I didn't want to spend a fortune. It plays movies well, has good reviews for reliability and has support for 7.1 sound. Load speeds are pretty slow, figure a couple minutes from when you turn it on to when you're watching a movie (including going through the disc menus). It doesn't do Netflix streaming though (my XBox360 does that but I never use the feature).

CNet.com has some good user reviews for other models.
01/01/2010 09:41:20 AM · #4
I work in electronics and the only Blu Ray player we have ever carried that had NetFlix streaming capability was a Samsung player. Although it does NetFlix streaming, it does NOT come with the wireless adaptor. Which essentially means you would have to plug in the ethernet cable to the back of the machine. Samsung offers a wireless adapter which you can purchase, and I had a customer tell me that it costs around 80$. For that price, you are better off buying a PS3, as someone else said. It has wireless built in, it is a Blu-Ray player, and a guy I work with said they now have the NetFlix software available for it. I can tell you that I stream Netflix through my Xbox 360 and it works surprisingly well. Anyway, good luck
01/01/2010 09:41:20 AM · #5
Oh yeah, from experience, the PS3 seems to load Blu-Rays quicker than the players... Not sure if this is due to having a built in harddrive to cache to, or just having a fast processor, but the load times are cut in half on a PS3...

Message edited by author 2010-01-01 09:44:00.
01/01/2010 10:07:59 AM · #6
I have a samsung and I love it. The load times are a bit slow but netflix and pandora radio are on the machine. The witless adapter is pricey but you can hard wire it with an Ethernet cable. My player sells for $300.00 but after searching online I found an electronics company selling it for $150.00 brand new which was well worth getting it over the PS3. Sorry that I can't remember the company I got it from but I just googles the model number and searched the best price + best company reviews.
01/01/2010 11:22:03 AM · #7
We're using a PS3 as well because, well, we already had one. Using the game controller to navigate was a little funky for us non-gamers, so we got the "normal" remote for it. It is a great player, and it does load *fast*.
It's funny, after you've watched movies on blu-ray, it's kind of hard to go back to DVD!
01/01/2010 12:18:23 PM · #8
try and stick with SONY or Panasonic. The format is growing and changing and they do the best at keeping up with the updates (SONY is responsible for the format) and, therefore, you are less likely to have problems with the movies. I bought a magnavox first and went through two other models before I could get Hancock to play. Since having my Panasonic - zero issues with a multitude of new movies...IMHO
01/01/2010 12:26:29 PM · #9
Originally posted by kirbic:

We're using a PS3 as well because, well, we already had one. Using the game controller to navigate was a little funky for us non-gamers, so we got the "normal" remote for it. It is a great player, and it does load *fast*.
It's funny, after you've watched movies on blu-ray, it's kind of hard to go back to DVD!


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01/01/2010 12:30:40 PM · #10
My PS3 has worked very well and I like how easy it is to update as the blueray standard evolves.
01/01/2010 12:55:35 PM · #11
The PS3 is rated the top blue ray player despite also being a gaming system. That's why we haven't bought just the blue ray since we already have a PS2 and Xbox.
01/01/2010 06:28:10 PM · #12
That is very true Fritz. I also feel that way about the 16x9 vs the 4x3 format.

I have a Sony Blu-Ray player which I brought over here from the states, Only because I already had a big stack of the disks. But the region codes are different so I can only watch movies purchased in the states on it. My Brother Inlaw has a PS3 that we can use if we want to rent Blu-Ray movies here. He doesn't have the remote for it so we have to use the game controller to navigate the movies but it isn't bad. Better than shelling out for another player at this time. But I will be doing that when the prices get a little lower.

Originally posted by kirbic:


It's funny, after you've watched movies on blu-ray, it's kind of hard to go back to DVD!


Message edited by author 2010-01-01 22:44:53.
01/01/2010 06:49:09 PM · #13
The PS3 does do Netflix streaming. You have to order a disk from Netflix. It came the next day after ordering. The disk has to be in the PS3 whenever you want to stream a movie. Works very well.
01/01/2010 06:50:32 PM · #14
Originally posted by Bugzeye:

That is very true Fritz. I also feel that way about the 16x9 vs the 4x3 format.

Originally posted by kirbic:


It's funny, after you've watched movies on blu-ray, it's kind of hard to go back to DVD!


I agree. We never bought another Laser Disc after CDs came out.
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