I've gone through quite a "journey" with blu-ray players over this weekend. Yesterday I picked up my first blu-ray player, after holding out all these years, I got the BD550 for $94 as I wanted to stream Netflix, but also upconvert the few DVDs I have and play blu-ray discs. I did not need wifi, so I felt the BD550 best fit my needs. I signed up for Netflix just for its streaming and was fairly satisfied with it on the BD550. I tried playing the Planet Earth blu-ray and it just wouldn't recognize it. Within 3 seconds of putting the disc in, it would eject it and give a "Check Disc" error. It played DVDs fine, but not blu-ray. I exchanged it for a Sony BDP-S270, for the same price, and voila, Planet Earth played just fine. The Netflix interface on the BDP-S270 is not as good as the BD550 and after streaming a few movies, I concluded Netflix's streaming just isn't worth it for me. The quality isn't good and the selection isn't particularly spectacular, so I canceled the Netflix service.
Having decided that Netflix streaming isn't for me, I decided to give LG another try and returned the BDP-S270 and got an LG BD530, for $65 from Walmart, so I saved $30. It played Planet Earth fine and am satisfied with the more limited streaming options.
Having never got to experience blu-ray playback on the BD550, I'm curious how picture quality compares with the BD530? Planet Earth on the BD530 looks just as good as it did on the BDP-S270 in my eyes, but for $30 cheaper.
My only complaint so far about the BD530 is the remote isn't as responsive as on the BD550, but this is a minor complaint. Also, it froze in YouTube once and I had to unplug it and plug it back in to get it working again. I'm downloading the latest firmware update now, so hopefully this will not happen again.