Sony; do they provide good customer support when their Blu-ray players can't no longer connect to the Internet (Wi-Fi)*, and that you have no more access to all your apps?
...About Panasonic; are they more helpful? ...Samsung?
I know that Oppo is the best in that regard.
...And that, in my book, is worth the premium.
* The Network connection is just fine, right, but all your apps cannot connect: "An error has occurred" ...that one was one of the most frustrating ever, and on Sony's forums it was even worst to read all the troubled customers and without direct Sony's support.
I think Sony is great, but I also think they are slowly sinking. ...Certainly from what I've been reading recently, and experiencing myself too.
Still, there are good people working for Sony, and to help you out; you just have to find them out, that's all.
Anyway, Sony and Samsung Blu-ray players (Samsung in particular) offer a lot for little money, I think.
If you like Blu-ray movies; Samsung is good.
If you like movie/music files; Samsung is also good.
If you like gaming; PS4 might be your player.
If all you want to do is stream and download, get Apple Mac. ...Or wait for Windows 10, in case they come up with some' good.
But the best BR player is Oppo. It does stuff no other one does. ...Their latest Series, and with their latest firmwares.
And if you want the very latest hi-tech one; it's not here yet...4K. ...Ultra High Definition Universe Blu-ray player.