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post #1321 of 2898
Definitely IP based. You get a list of video services from Sony server before you can even get the Netflix.
post #1322 of 2898
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Originally Posted by Foxbat121 View Post

Definitely IP based. You get a list of video services from Sony server before you can even get the Netflix.

Should some of the experts here cast some scrutinous light on which DNS providers us humble European might look into to get a better view of the world?

The list of providers are long, so far I have used three of these, neither gives full package, I have settled for two to get the most need for speed:

1) Strongvpn.com. The best and the slowest
2) unblock-us. Childishly candidly, works like a charm on most services, also Amazon albeit sloooow
3) unotelly.com. Blistering fast!
4) getusvpn.com. Looks promising.
post #1323 of 2898
Have you tried Tor? It works well for me here in the US for viewing the BBC. Just set it up to use US exit nodes and either watch Netflix on your PC or set up your player to use the Vidalia proxy (I've never tried that, so I'm not sure how, or if it's even possible). Best thing about Tor is the price.
post #1324 of 2898
I doubt it's necessary if you are interested in Netflix only. TOR or a VPN will only be necessary to convince the Sony box you are in the correct region. One you have the app in your menu Netflix handles the rest and you don't need more than a DNS service like tunlr to get Netflix working.

This will eliminate any speed issues. The most effective way is to implement DNS routing if you can. I set Netflix.com to the tunlr DNS servers and everything else requiring a us DNS, and the rest just uses the default DNS servers. This way any device on my network can connect to Netflix without losing local content.

I'll confirm it all, but I'm pretty certain it will work.
post #1325 of 2898
Just watched The Great Gatsby. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. Fantastic movie, at least in the first part.
On my sony 790. Rental from Vudu.

There is nothing wrong about vod, this must be very close to the bluray I guess?
Didnt take the chance on Amazon, its not even for rental yet, just buy. Amazon was earlier this week amazing 5.1, but now I am getting only stereo soundtrack ;-(

Since my rental expires tomorrow evening, maybe I should see it on my Sony 5100 as well?
Do you think I will notice any difference?

I was convinced I should buy the bluray asap, but after having seen the film, I am not that sure -- have I missed something?
post #1326 of 2898
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Originally Posted by dryasanne View Post

There is nothing wrong about vod, this must be very close to the bluray I guess?
........
I was convinced I should buy the bluray asap, but after having seen the film, I am not that sure -- have I missed something?

That's very subjective. Unless you play them side by side, you won't notice what is missing. And if that doesn't bother you much, you don't need to buy the disc.

In theory, none of these streaming/VOD can come remotely close to BD's Video and Audio quality. To me, High Def Audio is half of my important experience with a BD movie. I won't watch without it unless it is something that's not important like comedy etc. In that case, I'd watch a Netflix streaming and save my BD queue for more important discs.
post #1327 of 2898
Vudu HDX is quite good, but on a larger screen the banding that can occur and other compression issues are easy enough to see. Dont get me wrong, its got good PQ, DD 5.1, but it doesnt have Blu PQ or lossless audio.

Finally, Id ask why anyone would rent an HDX movie for $6 when you can rent a blu-ray at redbox for $1.60? Or even have Netflix mailing.
post #1328 of 2898
ooh lemme answer this.

One word: convenience! Petrol to drive to the box, hopefully the rental is there (yes you can check online which locations have what you are looking for, but by the time you get there it could be gone! smile.gif ) and its not scratched up/unplayable. potential waiting in line as lil timmy decides what he wants.. rolleyes.gif

then you have to hurry and watch it, then get it back in the location, again using up petrol and your time--when all you need to do is do a couple button presses on your remote from the couch. biggrin.gif

You cats forget you are not the average joe q. public on this site. you cats have super expensive toys so of course you want the purest form avail, but for most out there, online steaming is way more than enough.

personally i prefer BDs for the BTS and I have been known to get a BD just for the extras...

most people dont have 10-12 foot screens with super high resolution DLP projectors, so netflix quality is even fine, HDX is mind blowing to some.

It's the American Way of doing things... *

*the above is my opinion and my opinion only. we all have our own opinions and what I think will differ from others. wink.gif
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Originally Posted by gadgtfreek View Post

Id ask why anyone would rent an HDX movie for $6 when you can rent a blu-ray at redbox for $1.60? Or even have Netflix mailing.
post #1329 of 2898
Well, some corrections:

1) You can reserve online as well, so there is no showing up and it not being there.

2) Look at the disc when it comes out, ive not once had a damaged blu-ray from Redbox. Sure they might have fingerprints but I always clean rentals (netlfix too) with a cloth before I watch. Good thing about redbox is when I have had a couple of problems (machines were out of order), a 5 minute call to them got me a refund plus a second free movie credit. Then I got on the phone and used the redbox app to find the next kiosk with my flick wink.gif

Im lucky enough to have several around my house.

Hey, I get the time frame pain and the drive though, but then there is netflix where you can keep it as long as you want, and 3drental.com for renting blu-rays. If all this is not something you are going to do, then Vudu HDX is the best alternative IMO, as long as you have a stout internet connection.
post #1330 of 2898
You are all so helpful to humble me wink.gif yet - look at my location. As much as I should to in fact live at 97230, my zip code remains 7300, no eigth red box rentals around, no nothing, just the trusted Vudu wink.gif
My gear is just a humble seven PSB and two SVS 12 inch subs, way more than enough to shake them curtains in my small apartment (kitchen, bedroom, living, neighbours close all around, no attick, just another neighbour, not friendly one also)
So its all about amusement, and how much to spend. I usually buy the blurays, but. When I am unsure, I rent them first, buy them if I liked the feature. Great Gatsby - I had that one on order, but cancelled it.
post #1331 of 2898
Not trying to humble, just making sure you understand all your options. I used to buy all my movies, but it got costly and many are crap, so its nice to have both streaming and optical. I mix redbox, netlfix (optical/streaming) on the 5100, which is nice because it does them well. Also Amazon VOD is nice too.

Wish my HSI was fast enough to support Vudu. I could hook the PS3 back up and download the HDX movies as a file for full quality, but not really interested.
post #1332 of 2898
"Not trying to humble, just making sure you understand all your options. I used to buy all my movies, but it got costly and many are crap, so its nice to have both streaming and optical. I mix redbox, netlfix (optical/streaming) on the 5100, which is nice because it does them well. Also Amazon VOD is nice too."

Just as I should said it myself!

Oh yes, Ii have a lot of crap DVD discs around, also some utterly bad blurarys, I cannot understand why I have bought them all, they are so exepnsive, waste of money :-)

Nowadays every bluray release I am interested in are very closely examined, and usually that leads to a cheap SD or HD rental at vudu (not hdx).

I often find some old movis I llike to buy. Then I always check with my amazon prime, last night I watched Rango at usd 0.0 in rental. Well, I decided not to buy it, later on I learnt also Netflix had iRango in their catalogue.

So Vudu is my primary source of info on new release, combined with imdb and wikipedia I rent them "all". THEN, I make a decision - should I buy it?

PS
Some titles I recently bought -- Cloud Atlas, Oblivion, 9 and Upside Down. The last one mostly because the special effects....
I am now considering The Last Stand. I dont want to pay 20 usd for that bluray, hope i willl find it on eBay used
post #1333 of 2898
Just a quick update on my testing.

You definitively do not need to use a VPN to get Netflix and other some other content to play on the bdp devices, a DNS service will do. If you use Unotelly.com, you don't even need to have a VPN to get the correct applications to show on the menu; unotelly supports BDP devices natively. If you use another service like tunlr.net, then you will need some sort of VPN with a foreign IP address when you set up the network portion of the BDP as this is when it connects and determines what apps you can have. After it has done this you can disconnect the VPN and the menu items stay. I don't know how often it checks, probably on every update.

After you have the apps you want you can shut down the VPN.
post #1334 of 2898
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Originally Posted by marctronixx View Post

ooh lemme answer this.

One word: convenience! Petrol to drive to the box, hopefully the rental is there (yes you can check online which locations have what you are looking for, but by the time you get there it could be gone! smile.gif ) and its not scratched up/unplayable. potential waiting in line as lil timmy decides what he wants.. rolleyes.gif

then you have to hurry and watch it, then get it back in the location, again using up petrol and your time--when all you need to do is do a couple button presses on your remote from the couch. biggrin.gif

You cats forget you are not the average joe q. public on this site. you cats have super expensive toys so of course you want the purest form avail, but for most out there, online steaming is way more than enough.

personally i prefer BDs for the BTS and I have been known to get a BD just for the extras...

most people dont have 10-12 foot screens with super high resolution DLP projectors, so netflix quality is even fine, HDX is mind blowing to some.

It's the American Way of doing things... *

*the above is my opinion and my opinion only. we all have our own opinions and what I think will differ from others. wink.gif

I could not DISAGREE with you more....for many reasons, most of which have been posted in #1326....the biggest being quality of both video and audio. Absolutely NO comparison between disc and online source material.
post #1335 of 2898
I just bought the S5100.

I have a couple questions about audio settings. I have a 5.1 capable receiver only. What's are the best settings on the player for this? For example, do I set DTS Neo 6 to off, cinema, or music? And what about downmixing? stereo or surround or other? Any other suggestions? Thanks.
post #1336 of 2898
And another question: anyone know how to display time remaining while playing a bluray on the S5100? on every other player i've owned it shows that when you pause. not this one.
post #1337 of 2898
Hello, everybody.

I have a blu ray player, s5100, today I tried a mkv movie that comes with dolby truehd audio via usb port, the player shows on tv that it doesn't support this audio format. movie pictures are ok, but no sound at all. When i tried dts-master movies , thay are ok.

I tested different settings, still can't play dolby truehd movies properly via usb. when i play the same movie with my asua player, there is a 2ch signal going to the receiver. when with computer, everything is ok, I can get the real dolby truehd.

Does anybody come across this matter? or 5100 doesn't support dolby truehd mkv files via usb port? thanks.
post #1338 of 2898
My Audio settings are as follows:

Digital Audo Output.......Auto
DSD Output Mode.........On
BD Audio Mix Setting.....Off
DTS Neo 6.................Cinema
Audio DRC.....................Auto
Downmix....................Surround

These work fine for me. Don't ask me what all the settings mean, I just know they work for my 7.1 set up.
post #1339 of 2898
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Originally Posted by gajahduduk View Post

And another question: anyone know how to display time remaining while playing a bluray on the S5100? on every other player i've owned it shows that when you pause. not this one.

Hit "Display".
post #1340 of 2898
Thanks for the answers.
post #1341 of 2898
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Originally Posted by rseven View Post

My Audio settings are as follows:

Digital Audo Output.......Auto
DSD Output Mode.........On
BD Audio Mix Setting.....Off
DTS Neo 6.................Cinema
Audio DRC.....................Auto
Downmix....................Surround

These work fine for me. Don't ask me what all the settings mean, I just know they work for my 7.1 set up.

I wonder if the player plays sacd-r? thank you very much.
post #1342 of 2898

S5100 not responding

I have a Denon E300 and a new S5100. The Denon has several HDMI inputs, one specifically for BlueRay, HDMI 3. However, when I use the BlueRay button on the Denon remote the S5100 does not power up and the Panasonic Plasma doesn't switch to HDMI 3. My previous BDP was an old Sony and was plugged into the BlueRay input and would power up when using the BlueRay remote button and the Denon was via the TV HDMI 2, The panasonic auto switched to HDMI 3 when the old BDP was powered up. Because of that I switched the Denon to the TV's HDMI 3.

What am I doing wrong? Thanks

If this has been asked and answered, sorry, I haven't read all 45 pages.
post #1343 of 2898
new to the 5100 and am trying to goto a web page, which works but they have popups and I wondered if anyone was able to avoid popups. the popup is taking control of the page and I haven't figured out how to get back to the original page
post #1344 of 2898
Gwmac, you need to enable HDMI control on the player.
post #1345 of 2898
Thanks mdavej, that worked.
post #1346 of 2898
I've gotten pretty used to blu-ray players as a whole in the few years i've adjusted to the technology. There is one thing I'd like to see in a player that i'm not seeing and that's the A-B repeat option. It seems like the only units that still offer that is a stand alone DVD player. Does anyone know of any blu-ray player that also offers this option ?

Thanks
post #1347 of 2898
What a wwonderful day, sun is shining, the wild berries are ripe....

Ok, ok just made some changes in my player section;

a) Sold my trusted Sony 790
b) "replaced" it with a brand new glossy PS3 slim 500gb
c) got a Roku 3 today

So, now my setup is Roku 3, PS 3 and Sony 5100.

The Roku to handle all streaming content like Netflix, Vudu
The PS 3 to play region B encoded Blurays / DVD reg 2

The 5100 to play the majority of my large collection of Bluray and a few DVd reg 1

Both roku and PS 3 are new to me -- how do I "adjust " these two to "match" my Sony 5100, is my next challenge.
post #1348 of 2898
So I bought a 5100 after my 6 month old s590 started to go the way of the Dodo. I like the 5100, but managed to lock it up twice already. Both times, I had watched a 3D movie and then went to watch Netflix with the disc still in the player. It freezes while loading the Netflix show I have selected. I went to hold down power to force the machine to shut off and noticed the disc was spinning while loading netflix. I guess you shouldn't watch netflix with a disc, or a 3D one at least, in the tray?
post #1349 of 2898
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Originally Posted by cminer72 View Post

So I bought a 5100 after my 6 month old s590 started to go the way of the Dodo. I like the 5100, but managed to lock it up twice already. Both times, I had watched a 3D movie and then went to watch Netflix with the disc still in the player. It freezes while loading the Netflix show I have selected. I went to hold down power to force the machine to shut off and noticed the disc was spinning while loading netflix. I guess you shouldn't watch netflix with a disc, or a 3D one at least, in the tray?

that's not normal, i currently have a blu-ray in the tray and watching netflix without issue Mind you this is on a 590, but i could try it on my 3100 as i didn't keep the 5100 as i didn't need the extra features it offered. I can't test 3D as i don't have a 3D setup. Every player i've had though has not had a problem with having a disc in tray while streaming.
post #1350 of 2898
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Originally Posted by MacinMan View Post

I've gotten pretty used to blu-ray players as a whole in the few years i've adjusted to the technology. There is one thing I'd like to see in a player that i'm not seeing and that's the A-B repeat option. It seems like the only units that still offer that is a stand alone DVD player. Does anyone know of any blu-ray player that also offers this option ?

Thanks
The problem is that most BD's have the extra BD Java encryption layer. That takes control away from the player, making AB repeat useless.
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