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post #151 of 6387
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There is always a few stumbling points when a new player launches. Give it a few weeks and firmware updates should fix most of the problems.
post #152 of 6387
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Originally Posted by GizmoDVD View Post

There is always a few stumbling points when a new player launches. Give it a few weeks and firmware updates should fix most of the problems.

We all hope so, but if the 370/390 were stable at their exit, how can their replacements not be at least as stable. It is like they don't do any regression testing.
post #153 of 6387
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Originally Posted by GizmoDVD View Post

There is always a few stumbling points when a new player launches. Give it a few weeks and firmware updates should fix most of the problems.

That is what I decided to do... bit disappointing to pay full price for the drive and not have it function properly.

Thought about returning mine, but it has the functions I want.
post #154 of 6387
Another plus for the LG BD570. It works with my HDMI auto switcher for Monoprice! The Panasonic BD60 worked only in a flaky manner as it kept checking for the HDMI connection signal or something like that; & sometimes it didn't connect at all.

I had reverted back to the manual HDMI switcher with the Panasonic & had just tried the the auto-switcher w/equalizer with the BD570. Not really sure what the problem with Panasonic was but the LG just worked for both dvd & netcast mode (youtube).

Now on to logitech & reconfigure my 880 harmony remote again & check out netflix on the net.
post #155 of 6387
I have my Mac computer hooked up wirelessly with the 570 (by turning on file sharing and enabling SMB, thanks to an answer to my previous question). I've put a movie with a subtitle file in the Drop Box of my computer, but it streams without the subtitles.

The LG User Manual (p.50) says if you use the Nero MediaHome 4 software it supplies, it will play the subtitles file, but that is for PC only.

Anyone know of a workaround for this?
post #156 of 6387
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Originally Posted by DasRaven View Post

First off, I really appreciate you early adopters for reporting in your findings.

Secondly, are we really 4 generations into blu-ray and still having disk compatibility problems?
I was all set to pick up a 570 (or maybe even a 590) this weekend. But now I'm back to considering another PS3.

My sharp BD-HP20 has issues playing certain disks, and it won't take the latest firmware update, so I'm thinking of either the 550, or a PS3. Has anyone compared the PS3 to the latest LG (or other current) blu-ray players. I know I'd have to live with the bluetooth remote, or get the harmony adapter, but other that than, is the usability/picture/sound quality on the PS3 comparable?
post #157 of 6387
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Originally Posted by DasRaven View Post

...are we really 4 generations into blu-ray and still having disk compatibility problems?

Anyone know if Blu-ray disks have the same types of copy protection that are used on DVDs? If they are playing the same kind of games, that could explain the chapter skipping and other weird behaviors. DVD copy protection works by violating specs and putting all kinds of fake information on a disk. The idea is to throw off a computer trying to copy a movie. If a player is having trouble following a copy protected disk, the player may be interpreting the disk specs too strictly and needs to "loosen up".
post #158 of 6387
Well....sadly after getting a good chance to give the 570 another chance, I am really disappointed. Lots of strange problems. Wont read several BluRay Discs. Ratatouille, Transformers, I am Legend among others..

Strange that the unit works fine until I use the wireless access to take a look at VUDU or Pandora...when I go back to the disc, it either does not load at all, or skips and stutters through the menu process.

I tried initializing the player and it wont read ANY disc until I update the firmware. After updating the firmware, it still acts flaky...locking up or giving me disc read errors etc.

Not to happy with my first LG purchase after the rave reviews of the 390.

I have had very good luck out of my Panasonic BD-30 but it is painfully slow not to mention it lacks the network capability. Maybe I'll give the BD-65 a try?

Maybe I just got a bad unit, but this has left me with a bad taste for LG.
post #159 of 6387
My brother in law has an LG BD390 and it has been great. Its able to play every file I threw at it from an external HD just fine. If I can find one at a good deal I would get it myself. However Im looking what becomes of the 550 (thats if anyone has it) and comparing that to the new C series Samsung. I dont know what Ill end up with just yet.
post #160 of 6387
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Originally Posted by Mr. M View Post

Maybe I'll give the BD-65 a try?

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Lot less features, from what I can see, but it cost a lot less. $165 on Amazon. I looked because if I'm not happy with my 570, I'll more than likely move on to the 65 and use the savings in the return to boost my htpc with goodies. lol

At the end though, the 570 does have a lot of good features that we want... I'm sure LG will step up and get it right in due time. Be interesting to see old threads on the 390 and see if they had issues when first released.
post #161 of 6387
One thing I have noticed is all of the AVI and MKV files I have loaded onto my 590 all play fine, but the aspect ratio is wrong. They all fill the full 16x9, rather than have letterbox.

Anyone know how I can fix this?
post #162 of 6387
There is a aspect setting, IIRC you hit the info button during playback and it will bring up a pane on the left and you can scroll down to a section where you can choose "16x9 original" or "16x9 Full" (I think those were the descriptions). You want to "original" setting. I think you can also set this in the settings section of the main menu.
post #163 of 6387
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Originally Posted by HTPC4Ever View Post

Who will be the first to install a 2 tb drive into the LG?

Does it play ts folder (dvd rips)? Do they show correctly (as dvds) on screen?

Thinking about this as a backup to my htpc... Received the refund from my oppo 83 today... looking hard...

i am thinking of the lg 590 because of the internal hard drive - being able to rip all my cds at high rate - lossless would be great - i can get rid of my mega cd changer finally - but can i just add an external hard drive to it with music on and play from that hard drive alone ?

not connected to a computer - i have two 1 TB external hard drives - i can use one to rip music to it or movies -

would i just have to plug it in the usb port on the Lg 590 and it will pick it up and i can play the music on it ?

that would be excellent for me - if anyone knows for sure - please post back -

i was waiting for the new Oppo - but its just not giving me all the things i need and they cut the video section - so its useless for me now - the 83 is good - but missing all the things i am looking for that is on the lg 590 -


thanks -
post #164 of 6387
Well it definitely plays movie files directly off the USB external hard drive for me. I'm assuming it will play audio files as well, but I can double check when I get home.
post #165 of 6387
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Originally Posted by dpags View Post

There is a aspect setting, IIRC you hit the info button during playback and it will bring up a pane on the left and you can scroll down to a section where you can choose "16x9 original" or "16x9 Full" (I think those were the descriptions). You want to "original" setting. I think you can also set this in the settings section of the main menu.

Yeah, I have tried to play with that setting. It doesn't seem to adjust the aspect ratio one bit.
post #166 of 6387
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Originally Posted by dpags View Post

Well it definitely plays movie files directly off the USB external hard drive for me. I'm assuming it will play audio files as well, but I can double check when I get home.

thats great - so i can use my WD external hard drive - just plug it in the usb port and plug in the power - and thats it ?

how does it work after that - the hard drive would power up when the 590 turns on ? and then what happens ?

can you check that for me - that would be excellent -

i can then rip music in the highest format - loossless - and play them off the external hard drive to my system

this is what i was waiting for - i never wanted to hook up a computer to my system -

thanks - how does the PQ compare to lets say the Oppo 83 ?
post #167 of 6387
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Originally Posted by Aguapolo17 View Post

Yeah, I have tried to play with that setting. It doesn't seem to adjust the aspect ratio one bit.

Hmm not sure what else it could be, my content was 4:3 and when I hit the "full" setting it would stretch to fill the screen and "original" would give me the 4:3 bars on the sides correctly.

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Originally Posted by expresso712 View Post

thats great - so i can use my WD external hard drive - just plug it in the usb port and plug in the power - and thats it ?

Yes, a menu becomes available asking where you want to pull the content: disc, USB or internal hard drive.

how does it work after that - the hard drive would power up when the 590 turns on ? and then what happens ?

can you check that for me - that would be excellent -

I'm using an 2.5" external HD that's powered by USB only, and yes it turns on and off with the player automatically if connected. Now I'm not sure how it will power on/off if your external has a separate plug-in power supply.

i can then rip music in the highest format - loossless - and play them off the external hard drive to my system

I'm not sure if you can rip CD's to the external hard drive, it may only be rippable to the internal. I haven't used that feature yet. You can definitely copy files from the external HD to the internal, but I'm not sure about the other direction. I'll try to see if it's possible

this is what i was waiting for - i never wanted to hook up a computer to my system -

thanks - how does the PQ compare to lets say the Oppo 83 ?

I don't have the Oppo, but I did replace my 1st gen Panny BD10 and the picture looks pretty much the same as far as I can tell, which was pretty damn good for BD. I don't use my BD players for upconverting DVD's so I can't help you there if you were asking on that
post #168 of 6387
I just got my 570 today to replace a 390. As of now, Playon doesn't work on the 570. I had it working on the 390, but had lip-sync issues so returned the 390. When I go to Hulu to play an episode, it just locks up and I have to hold the off button for 15 sec to shut it down. Other than that, so far so good for now...
post #169 of 6387
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Originally Posted by expresso712 View Post

thanks - how does the PQ compare to lets say the Oppo 83 ?

I could not tell pq from my htpc vs. an oppo 83 vs. the 570...

On the 570 pq looks great once I put it in "movie" mode... in "standard" the movies don't look so hot... Star Wars III and some other movies had a washed out background (for example, walls did not look good). In movie mode, things look very good.

I'm comparing dvd movies without compression (straight rips to dvd folders from dvfab using dvd 9 setting).

In other words, I could not tell the difference in pq on these three devices. Of course, I was not sitting their with one of those "calibration" disks.... lol. And I would guess it is hard to ask about pq since every setup will be different... all the way down to the cables, lighting, etc... or my untrained eye.
post #170 of 6387
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Originally Posted by expresso712 View Post

thats great - so i can use my WD external hard drive - just plug it in the usb port and plug in the power - and thats it ?

this is what i was waiting for - i never wanted to hook up a computer to my system - ?

The 570 can play movies... although, it is not a great experience (no fwd, rwd, can't play dvd folders, etc..). A computer is a much better device to stream music or movies, IMO. Not that I'm selling that, I don't care for two devices, to be honest.. rather only use a BR player.

I think we are several generations out from a great streaming experience using BR players. Sad part is I have no doubt that they could provide a great experience now.
post #171 of 6387
I bought the BD590 a few days now, it plays all my MKV and DivX files but having issues with WMV HD files. have anyone experience these issues? also it tends to lock up a lot when browsing my Home server Video library needed a hard shutdown to get it back
post #172 of 6387
^Are WMV files even supported? They don't even show up in the directories. I had to convert them to AVI or MP4 and then they worked fine.

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Originally Posted by HTPC4Ever View Post

The 570 can play movies... although, it is not a great experience (no fwd, rwd, can't play dvd folders, etc..).

I guess it depends on the file type and encode. I can't FF or REW on my MPEG files (though you can type the time code in to do a direct jump), but my AVI & MP4 files can FF & REW just fine.
post #173 of 6387
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Originally Posted by dpags View Post

^Are WMV files even supported? They don't even show up in the directories. I had to convert them to AVI or MP4 and then they worked fine.



I guess it depends on the file type and encode. I can't FF or REW on my MPEG files (though you can type the time code in to do a direct jump), but my AVI & MP4 files can FF & REW just fine.

I also use the time code... found that very quickly. It sometimes does not work when I stream... never worked great, but after the firmware upgrade, it got "iffy" at best. When connected via hd, it works okay... sometimes takes me back too far or to the first 3 min of the movie. It is not reliable and not a great experience. IMO. Not as great as it could or should be...

Yea, I'd rather not do anything except burn into a dvd folder... no avi, mp4, etc... time is my issue... rather burn to dvd folder and be done. At first I was going to send here and there, using usb hd, etc... now I'll store on htpc and whs.... that is it... whs as backup location (drives not duplicated), pulling movies from htpc. Too much of a pain to "manage" a hd.... learned that quickly.

Not saying I won't go avi, mp4... I'm still trying to work this out... should be much smoother, with easier play back of dvd ts folders (you can, but it is not good -- digging through folders, etc..)...
post #174 of 6387
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Originally Posted by dpags View Post

Hmm not sure what else it could be, my content was 4:3 and when I hit the "full" setting it would stretch to fill the screen and "original" would give me the 4:3 bars on the sides correctly.

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ok thanks - my WD external hd powers on when my computer turns on - its always plugged in - but turns on and off with the computer - so there is no switch - i would think it would work the same way if i connect it to the 590 -

about ripping it to the external - i didnt explain it right - what i was thinking was ripping music and movies to the external from my computer - then connecting it to the 590 and leaving it there to play it back -

i didnt think about ripping it from the internal disk to the external or vise versa - but that would be good also -

so i can do this and get rid of my 300 disc megachanger - free up space on my audio stand for new stuff

thanks =
post #175 of 6387
I have a Pioneer 21TXH Elite receiver with an Anchor Bay Chip so if I can bypass the LG's video processing and let my receiver do it i assume the standard DVD upscaling would be much improved over what i would get if i let the LG do it. Is this correct?

DVD upscaling is very important to me and i am considering the Oppo 80 or the LG 570. The Oppo has source direct and is more reliable but I really like the media streaming/networking capabilities of the LG 570 so it's my preference if it has source direct mode.

I have a 60" Sony SXRD (XBR2) and an extensive standard DVD collection.

Thanks in advance!
post #176 of 6387
I have a few questions, and if anyone can answer, I would greatly appreciate it.

I am really leaning toward the 550...I cannot see paying th extra $100 to go wi-fi. Which leads to Q1:

1) Is Wi-Fi the only difference between the 550 & 570?

My current standard-def DVD player will play AVI files (xvid and divx) that are burned to a data DVD or CD. It has been a really nice feature! I tend to burn my AVI for storage instead of leaving them on my computer. So, my remaining Q's:

2) Will the 550 play AVI (xvid & divx) burned to data DVD and CD?
3) Does it recognize subtitles stored in .idx & .sub files?
4) Does the 550 upconvert these files upon playback?

Thanks again to anyone who responds!
post #177 of 6387
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Originally Posted by Fubster View Post

1) Is Wi-Fi the only difference between the 550 & 570?
2) Will the 550 play AVI (xvid & divx) burned to data DVD and CD?
3) Does it recognize subtitles stored in .idx & .sub files?
4) Does the 550 upconvert these files upon playback?

1) No, the 550 only seems to do photos and music files whereas the 570/590 also do video/dlna.
There may be other differences, but this is most pertinent to your other questions.

2-4) Not applicable to 550.

Check the manuals at lgusa.com, I'm pretty sure they outline the subtitle formats that can be handled on the 570/590.
Since you can set the target output for the player's HDMI, some ability to upscale video content must also be present.
post #178 of 6387
Thanks for the reply DasRaven...

Do you (or anyone else) happen to know if the 570 plays AVI files burned to disc? All the posts I have read mention USB devices & network files. I did not notice anyone mentioning files burned to disc.
post #179 of 6387
Will the 570/590 have enough "processing" power or capabilities to provide a top-notch display on a 65 inch panny plasma? That would be for playing blu-ray, upconverting SD, playing files from my network etc? If not what are some alternatives? I like the Oppo BDP-83 but do not like it's lack of connectivity, netflix etc.
post #180 of 6387
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Originally Posted by expresso712 View Post

ok thanks - my WD external hd powers on when my computer turns on - its always plugged in - but turns on and off with the computer - so there is no switch - i would think it would work the same way if i connect it to the 590 -

about ripping it to the external - i didnt explain it right - what i was thinking was ripping music and movies to the external from my computer - then connecting it to the 590 and leaving it there to play it back -

i didnt think about ripping it from the internal disk to the external or vise versa - but that would be good also -

so i can do this and get rid of my 300 disc megachanger - free up space on my audio stand for new stuff

thanks =

I just checked and yes you can also copy files/folders from the internal hard drive to a USB drive/device.
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