Originally Posted by Dansktex
I read it in the reviews of the Samsung BD-P1590 which is the model sold by both Sam's Club and Costco. It says right on the box that it is Netflix streaming, and the Samsung website says the same. Then when I went to Specifications page at the Samsung site, it stated "Wireless Lan Adapter not included." The Wireless Lan Adapter costs $80. My understanding from looking at Blu-Ray boxes in stores and then reading in forums and reviews is that a box that says it offers Netflix streaming cannot be trusted. They say that and say that a subscription is necessary, but they do not mention on the box that something else may be needed. I'm trying to find something at a "reasonable" price. (I define that as about $180 or less.) I'm not a gamer, but I wonder why it wouldn't be better to buy a PS3 player than buy the BD-P3600 at the same or a higher price?
The very reasonable presumption is that you have some way to connect your BD player to the network, inasmuch as Netflix streaming is implicitly from the Internet (there are other BD player functions which use the network as well and it'd be a good idea to have it connected even without Netflix). You do not need to buy Samsung's $80 wireless adapter if you already have a network interface to plug the player into. Should they include a broadband modem and router as well
? You're assuming that the people using these players will have a wireless networking in their home.
If you have wired Internet running to your entertainment equipment, like me and many other people, you don't need or want built-in WiFi and anything that it adds to the price of the equipment is a waste of your money. I have a TiVo, Xbox 360, PS3 and a PC in my entertainment system (all of which can stream Netflix, though I generally use my TiVo for it); only the PS3 has built-in wireless and I have never used it. My cable modem and router are co-located with the system; the router is connected to the modem and there are wires running from the router into each of those devices.