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LG BD570 Network Blu-ray Disc Player

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Pros: Strong, reliable wireless connection, good quality upconversion of DVDs

Cons: limited streaming selection, Netflix bugs, average User interface

The LG BD570 is my first Blu-ray player, and was a key part of my home theater upgrade that started in 2011.

First of all, how does this player do with playing physical disks? Overall, I'm very happy with the BD570's performance and image quality. When I first bought it, my wife and housemates questioned whether there would really be a significant difference between DVDs and Blu-rays, but the difference was obvious from the very first tests we ran. We compared "Inception" on DVD and Blu-ray, playing through an Epson Powerlight 8350 projector. The BD570 upscaled the DVD such that the movie looked good to us, but once we put in the Blu-ray for comparison, the differences were obvious: the colors seemed much more vivid, and the motion felt smoother on the blu-ray (both were running 24fps). As a result, most of my new movie purchases have obviously been blu-ray. That being said, I'm still quite happy with the BD570's performance at upscaling DVDs. For the most part, the upconversion looks good, and I rarely notice visible artifacts in the picture. I know which I'm watching, but with only a few exceptions, I've not felt compelled to replace my DVD collection; rather the BD570 has given them a new lease on life.

My initial setup used an HDMI connecton to my projector, and analog RCA connection to my stereo receiver. The player defaulted to sending audio via the HDMI cable, so I had to go into the setup menu to change the output to analog out. This process took a bit of trial-and-error, as I don't think the setup options are very well described or documented.

I connected the player to my wireless network. It only uses the 2.4GHz band, rather than the 5GHz band, as it only support up to 802.11g. Setup was quite easy--the most tedious part was entering my wireless key, only because I have a long, complicated password that had to be typed in using the on-screen keyboard. Once configured, I rarely (if ever) had problems connecting to the network or maintaining a connection while streaming movies. My current setup uses a direct ethernet connection to my router, but I've seen little real-world performance difference between the wired and wireless setup.

After I upgraded my HT A/V Receiver, I changed the setup to simply connect a single HDMI cable from the BD570 to my Onkyo TX-NR809. Again, I had to change the audio selection to send via the HDMI cable. I had to do quite a bit of research to decide how best to send the audio, and whether to decode at the player or the receiver. Ultimately, I decided to decode at the player and send the multi-channel PCM to the receiver, which I set to "direct" mode. I wish the user's manual had given better information about the choices available and subtleties between them, but I'm thankful to the AVS forum for the information provided.

The BD 570 offers integrated streaming functionality for several major services. The main ones I've used are Netflix and Youtube, though I've also spent some time with Pandora and AccuWeather.com. It also has Vudu, MLB.com, and a few others. Notably absent are Hulu and Amazon Prime streaming. At the time I purchased it, I was hopeful that a firmware upgrade might add Hulu, but 2+ years later, it's clear that it's not going to happen.

Netflix functionality is straightforward. Activating the unit and linking it to my Netflix account was extremely easy, and my instant Queue immediately appeared on the main screen. It is possible to browse other categories and search for movies, but the interface is not particularly speedy or easy. It's usually most convenient to use my laptop to browse for movies, add them to my Instant Queue, then select them from the Queue on the player when i want to watch something new. Moving between TV shows is no problem, though, and marathon binges of TV series are quite easy.

I've observed a lip synch problem with certain Netflix shows. The audio and video can in some cases be up to a quarter second out of sync, though some shows seem much worse than others. I found a reliable workaround, though: Starting the show, immediately stopping it, then starting it again seems to fix it. It means you have to wait an extra 30-60 sec to watch each show, since the stream has to reload and buffer, but at least the lip synch won't distract you (and it *is* distracting). Some firmware updates have eliminated the issue, but the current one has it again.

The Youtube interface is so-so. If you log into your account, you can watch videos that you've saved. Audio and video quality are decent, and it often beats crowding people around a small laptop screen if you want to show people something, as long as you don't have to search too long for it. Searching for videos can be hit-and-miss. The remote allows you to use they numeric keypad to enter letters like texting on a phone number pad. Unfortunately, there's no predictive typing, and mistakes are still slow to correct.

The remote control is very well designed and easy to use. The Play button is large and easy to find in the dark, as it should be. I wish pause was a little easier to identify in the dark, but the rest of the controls, including the direction pad, are easy to navigate. The on-screen menu is similarly easy to navigate. I wish there was a faster way to go directly to Netflix rather than selecting the "streaming" menu, then choosing Netflix, but that's a minor quibble: it only adds 5-7 sec and 3 button presses to the process. As I mentioned before, I don't like the Netflix search and browse interface that much, but selecting movies already on your queue is easy, and that's all I do 90% of the time.

I don't have any other players to compare to at this point, but in my experience, the BD570 is reasonably quick and responsive. Boot-up takes only a few seconds, maybe about 5-7 sec from power-on to the home menu. loading disks can be kind of slow: DVDs are no problem, but it can take over a minute for a Blu-ray to begin playing.

All things considered, I'm still pretty satisfied with the BD570. I can see from my research that it's getting a bit long in the tooth, and I can see it's shortcomings, but at the time I bought it it was well-regarded, and it has performed well for me, aside from the bugs I've noted. If you're buying a new player, there are probably some other options with more features at this point, but if you find a deal on it used, I think it's very worth picking up. I personally expect to get a couple more years of service out of this unit, and I feel no compulsion to change it out for a newer model.

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Pros: Easy to set up and use, Great HD video 60/24, upscales to 1080p, audio passthrough, HDMI, USB ports can connect ext HDD, wireless n built in, Apps

Cons: only 2ch audio analogue,(does have opt/co ax digital) Netflix app is not the best, front flap cant close with usb usage,

I bought this as soon as it was released, somewhere around July 2010 or fall for about $225. At the time, it was about as good a BluRay player available. My only problem was that it only had the 2ch analogue outs on the back. I knew about this, since it was a network device and had the 'Passthrough' ability, I figured it would suffice for 99% of my usage, and it has. I had been able to pass through any True HD and DTS MasterAudiio 5.1 and 7.1 discs. I have an Onkyo tx sr608 avr, by the way.
I have used this and gotten all software and firmware updates available. had to use the usb port for one or 2 firmware updates. all went off without any issues at all. The thing just keeps on going. Plays any and all kinds of BD and normal DVDs, will balk on some dvds with too many scratches though. I use my computer for most dvd playing anyway. I have to replace the super multi drives i use for making copies of the dvds i buy and making iso images for better/safer back up, to me better and safer, that is. The CIFS server or DLNA sharing has its ups and downs. It can not do any of my 500 or so iso back ups on my bought and paid for dvd collection. I do use the mkv from blu ray converters that are available as freeware. i even paid for a good one purpose bd to mkv converter. and this 570 gets them well enough from the server. I have a LG42LD550 network/wireless tv as well. they do work well together but not much better than the Samsung i have in the bedroom...all are on a wired ethernet LAN I prefer over the wireless. I do have a wireless N 2.4/5G simultaneous dual band router which can sometimes stream some movies faster than the gigabit router/switch/gateway .
I do not know about all the technical dynamics of how these things work , only know how to set them up and this works just fine. no sluggishness, other than what the other reviewer noted about the Netflix streaming hd catching up to itself sometimes. The interface is ok, not as good as the one on the TV or not even as good as the one inside of WinMedia center.
I used the included streaming Nero Home 4 whatever. it was only ok, so , i tried a couple of other home network server things. they work ok. The Nero needs to be started up and running all the time or it will crash at one point or another and require a reinstall. I do not need to run it all the time, so i kept getting trouble with that part, has nothing at all to do with LG or the 570, no deductions. since this is no longer available to buy , new, it is moot anywho
I have thoroughly enjoyed this blu ray player. I loved the premium additions. the ones i used were:: NETFLIX, YOUTUBE AND PANDORA. YOUTUBE ALSO HAD A SEARCH ISSUE AS MENTIONED BY OTHERS.
MY only real issue was the design of the front flap and usb port behind it. wont close all the way and the remote effectiveness was compromised a bit.
For some time, the only real use I had for this 570 was to stream Netflix. the quality of the overall movie was better than the other 2 ways i had been using (WMC ,Silverlight/Firefox, and through the similar Netcast in the LG LCD tv 550.
I cant complain about this BD570 in any way, it has lasted me for 3yrs, not a bit of trouble and did all it was supposed to do, did it well and consistently over a long period of time and was stable. It was updated as needed along the way. could have only been better had it been perfect from day one and not needed any update maintenance. Of course, there are always benefits of doing the software and firmware updates and tweaks.
I am not sure I would consider buying a used 3+ yr old blu ray player, but this would have been highly recommended as a new purchase, without reservation.

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Pros: Connects to Windows SMD/CIFS Shares, WIFI, Attractive Design, Simpilink works with current LG TV, Plays majority of Digital File formats: MP4, MKV...

Cons: Netflix App has no search function, Some titles in Netflix app are slow to resolve to HD, and may need up to 5 minutes to eliminate jerky motion.

I have had this player for over a year, perhaps two. I no longer am sure when or for how much I bough it.
It has been a very reliable electronic appliance for my family. We use it mainly for the "Home-Link" feature -- LG's name for LAN-based digital media sharing. I run a Windows Server 2008 R2 domain at home, and have a dedicated RAID with redundancy for my video library. Running Serviio DLNA media server now, but for the first 18 months or so, we used plain-old SMB/CIFS shares authenticated with domain credentials. Occasionally, we come across a MKV file that won't play, typically with DTS audio. Simply going back to the PC and running "AudioConverter" for PC and selecting "Cleanup DTS Track" fixes that issue 95% of the time.

I am let down by the poor Netflix application, however. My gripes are two-fold: 1) There is no search feature. You are forced to use your web-browser or a mobile app to add to your queue. 2) many titles (and this has gotten better lately) are very slow to resolve to their full-HD nature. In the meantime, you get a very blocky and hyper-compressed image. My local ISP provides fiber right to the home, with 30Mbps download, and Netflix confirmed that the connection is definitely not the issue. Another problem I feel to be related, is that some titles are dropping video frames, resulting in jerky panning through scenes. These symptoms usually resolve within five minutes of watching, however, pausing the title sometimes makes the jerkiness return.

All in all, my family has been very happy with this player
LG BD570 Network Blu-ray Disc Player
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BD-P, Netflix, YouTube, CinemaNow, BD Live, Advanced Audio, Quick Booting, 1GB Memory, Wireless 802.11n, DLNA, 7.1ch Analog Output, Instant Tray Open, 1080p up-scaling for DVD, USB Media Host

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