Time to talk about my experience with the BD35, which I received for a Christmas present. I took out my upconverting player and swapped in the HDMI to my Samsung DLP for video. As for audio, the upconverting player had optical and coaxial digital sound ports, whereas the BD 35 only has one optical. Since I have the Samsung DLP optical going to the Onkyo receiver via optical audio, I needed to order a box from Monoprice that converted the optical from the BD 35 to the Onkyo's coaxial port.
I got the Amazon deal, so four movies came with it but my son bought me Iron Man blu ray for a present, so I popped that in, sat down in my home theater seat, and watched. At just the first few minutes, the picture quality and sound quality were stunning, so much better than dvd or upconverted dvd. I was a happy kid at Christmas with a big smile on my face watching Iron Man.
Since then, my wife and I watch Momma Mia blu ray. We enjoyed that, by the way, but the setting, singing, and colors really popped out on blu ray. Also, my son in law bought me The Dark Knight, so we watched that and my son in law commented on how it was like watching the movie at the theater.
I did get the network connection going by plugging a network cable into my laptop port and bridging the network connections and it passed the network test on the BD35. However, my firmware version was 1.4 and the firmware update feature said that it was unable to connect and try again later. Also, I could not access the BD-Live features on Iron Man or The Dark Knight. I read on here to get an SD Card, so I got a 2 gb card at Staples for $10 and popped that in. The BD35 found the card and I formatted it, but still no BD-Live. This is no biggie, but I will try again some other time.
Lastly, I updated via disc firmware versions 1.5 and 1.6 last night. Did not know if I had to do both, but I did them in sequence, first 1.5, shutdown, waited a minute, and then did 1.6. No problems as far as I can tell.
I watched Constantine last night, one of the free Amazon discs. Looked good, everything was fine. Where I live, the only place around that rents blu ray is Discount Drug Mart, so we are getting our titles from there. I emailed Redbox and they said they will have blu ray, eventually, with a separate category to rent them.
All in all, I am very happy with my blu ray player. It does help to take home theater movie viewing to another level. My wife said she would rather watch movies in the comfort of our home than go to a theater. Just what I had in mind when we put the home theater in.