@ack_bk- Thanks for the welcome! I hadn't thought about a BD player, but I will now look into it.
Considering that we are on a road to streaming internet video (and if you have a good internet bandwidth plan and speed where you live
), I would completely pass on the player and get a media streamer instead. Something like WDTV Live with wifi, Boxie Box, Popcorn Hour, etc.
Most streaming media players now a days have many nice features built in (like Netflix, Pandora, Youtube, Facebook, wired and wireless network capabilities, hard/thumb drive connectivity for streaming movies and tv shows you may have downloaded from the net, automatic movie/TV database fill in for the stuff you have saved, etc). I was in the same boat as you a year or so ago.... get a Bluray player or a media streamer. I eventually got the streamer and I couldn't be happier.
A couple of WDTV Live wifi screens examples.
Just some of the apps it has.
An example of the movie/tv page that is filled in via the web (this will depend on what you have saved on your portable drive or network shared drive)
There are plenty of videos for each media streamer on Youtube if you want to know more about them.
Btw, these media players/streamers (especially the WDTV Live models) are much smaller in size than a regular bluray player (the older WDTV Live Plus and new Live with wifi versions are bit smaller than an xbox game controller), and you can find both them for around the same price or less than a BR player. (my wdtv live wifi cost me around $75 shipped.... and I've seen the older Plus version for less than $50)
Older WDTV Live Plus player.
Newer WDTV Live with wifi.
If it was me, I would upgrade the TV first
+1 (LCD or LED LCD.... but I see that you already got a plasma)
As for reflections, that would depend. I bought my Sony LED because it had a matte screen that was less reflective than others in the same size and price range. Yes, it still has some glare, but it was a lot less than the Sammy and Panny models I had looked at. I also knew that it would be used in a room that would probbaly have curtains that are not always drawn closed, so getting and LCD/LED was a no-brainer.
I agree. Their prices (even with s/h to Canada) is affordable. They only way to get it cheaper, would be to buy from a Hong Kong eBay seller (and then wait 2-3 weeks for delivery).