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post #11881 of 16490
This will probably be a fairly odd request in this thread, but I need help choosing a Blu Ray player that is specifically NOT capable of streaming Netflix.

We've been streaming Netflix through our Xbox 360 (which I am going to sell) and quite frankly, we waste too much of the precious free time we have watching stuff on Netflix streaming. So my purpose in getting a Non-Netflix capable Blu-Ray player is to force us to be more intentional about what we watch and reduce our overall time watching stuff as well.

We don't need anything super high end, we currently have 37" 720p HDTV and Onkyo 5.1 HTIB setup. 3D is not required. Just want something that should be good for years to come and work well when we eventually upgrade to a better TV. What would you guys recommend? Thanks so much!
post #11882 of 16490
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Originally Posted by Mawk View Post

This will probably be a fairly odd request in this thread, but I need help choosing a Blu Ray player that is specifically NOT capable of streaming Netflix.

We've been streaming Netflix through our Xbox 360 (which I am going to sell) and quite frankly, we waste too much of the precious free time we have watching stuff on Netflix streaming. So my purpose in getting a Non-Netflix capable Blu-Ray player is to force us to be more intentional about what we watch and reduce our overall time watching stuff as well.

We don't need anything super high end, we currently have 37" 720p HDTV and Onkyo 5.1 HTIB setup. 3D is not required. Just want something that should be good for years to come and work well when we eventually upgrade to a better TV. What would you guys recommend? Thanks so much!

Seriously? Why don't you just *not* activate Netflix on whatever unit you buy?

Alternately, if you don't need any other networking features, get a previous-gen player, there are plently still around without networking. Or get something like the Panny 110, and don't get the network dongle.
post #11883 of 16490
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Originally Posted by thebard View Post

Seriously? Why don't you just *not* activate Netflix on whatever unit you buy?

Alternately, if you don't need any other networking features, get a previous-gen player, there are plently still around without networking. Or get something like the Panny 110, and don't get the network dongle.

Yes, seriously, lol. My request might seem ridiculous to some of you. But when you need to kick a habit, there is something to be said for removing the temptation from your options. So I would prefer a player that has no way to access Netflix streaming via ethernet cable or wifi. Are there any current gen Blu Ray players that fit the bill? If not, what previous gen players would be good to consider?
post #11884 of 16490
Guys,

I am looking for a Blu-ray player for my bedroom. It if has built-in wifi for streaming that would be great, but it not a huge deal. I am looking for fast load times, great PG, and a slim footprint. I am looking for the best player under $200 or so. Two I have looked at are the Sony S580 and the Samsung BD-D6700 but am completely open. Thanks so much for the help!
post #11885 of 16490
Panny 110 (wired) or 210 (WiFi).
post #11886 of 16490
Looking for a good player for blu-rays and netflix that outputs on component and coxial audio. i would love one as good as my panny 110 but the panny does not have component outputs.

Ryan
post #11887 of 16490
Need help choosing a Blu Ray player that can do the following:

1) Play DivX files from USB
2) *Play MKV files from USB (not as important to me as DivX, but would like the functionality nonetheless)
3) Netflix streaming

Would prefer a Panny, since I have a Panasonic Plasma, but any brand will do that has all of the above 3. If not, would settle for 1 and 3. What are the best choices out there for the above?
post #11888 of 16490
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Originally Posted by wmcclain View Post

2500 dollars American? Players in that range are targeted at the audiophile market. You won't get better picture quality.

The OPPO BDP-93 is $499 and the BDP-95 is $999. Both have dual HDMI and 3D.

-Bill

So there are really no units that go for better video then the oppo?
post #11889 of 16490
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Originally Posted by mdavej View Post


No AVI, no etc. MKV is the ONLY video format you can play from USB, and it must be FAT32.

I thought DIVX was pretty standard stuff these days. My 4 year old Samsung HTIB plays virtually anything I throw at it. Not challenging you on this - in fact your information is much appreciated - just surprised this is the case.
post #11890 of 16490
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Originally Posted by danhawk911 View Post

So there are really no units that go for better video then the oppo?

Blu-ray video needs relatively little processing, the image is almost ready to display as is. It needs to be chroma upsampled and the black and white levels have to be correct, but any player ought to be able to do that. (It could be that some don't do it correctly).

There is no way to improve the image further except by video effects that alter the original image (sharpening, etc). Getting blacker blacks and redder reds from digital levels is a function of the display, not the player.

-Bill
post #11891 of 16490
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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

Guys,

I am looking for a Blu-ray player for my bedroom. It if has built-in wifi for streaming that would be great, but it not a huge deal. I am looking for fast load times, great PG, and a slim footprint. I am looking for the best player under $200 or so. Two I have looked at are the Sony S580 and the Samsung BD-D6700 but am completely open. Thanks so much for the help!

any help here? The Panny 210 is a 1-3 month wait on Amazon, so that is out...
post #11892 of 16490
Is the Panny 110 a pretty "fast" player? I'm looking for something with a very fast startup/play. Also does any of these "remember" where you are in a disc and can resume after the disc is removed/replaced?
post #11893 of 16490
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Originally Posted by rydenfan View Post

any help here? The Panny 210 is a 1-3 month wait on Amazon, so that is out...

Best Buy has it for the same price as Amazon.
post #11894 of 16490
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Originally Posted by DTD70 View Post

I thought DIVX was pretty standard stuff these days. My 4 year old Samsung HTIB plays virtually anything I throw at it. Not challenging you on this - in fact your information is much appreciated - just surprised this is the case.

Same here. I've had lots of old divx players, including a couple of panasonics. But those days are over. I have to assume licensing fees in the US have gone up too much. The Canadian versions of these panasonics do play divx. Just check out the manual for the complete, yet disappointing, list.
post #11895 of 16490
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Originally Posted by Rich_SC View Post

Is the Panny 110 a pretty "fast" player? I'm looking for something with a very fast startup/play. Also does any of these "remember" where you are in a disc and can resume after the disc is removed/replaced?

It's average I guess. If you leave it in power hog mode, it's quite fast. Nearly all players these days resume blu-rays if the disc is coded for it. Many aren't, but it's getting better. You have the lack of decent specs and sony to thank for that. My 110 won't resume a DVD if you eject it.
post #11896 of 16490
So I had to cancel my online order for the Panny BD-210 today because it won't ship for 2-3 weeks, and that's an estimate. Screw that, my new Samsung UN55D7000 arrives Thursday!

I use the DIVX option pretty often on my current setup, but I am going to get a DVR and likely a movie streaming subscription, so I think I will be using it much less with the new setup. If the only BD player that streams anything other than MKV is the Oppo $500 player, then I think I will stay with the 210.

Anyone have any similar priced/featured players they would recommend over the 210?
post #11897 of 16490
The 2011 BD-D5300 looks like the successor to the 2010 BD-C5500, since the BD-D5500 adds 3D. I can't tell where the BD-C5500 and BD-D5300 differ actually.

Has anyone used both to be able to decide which one is better, or are they pretty much identical?
post #11898 of 16490
Just got a vizeo bs from costco for 110. I did nit want the 3d. But this one has built in wifi with vudu- really cool, Netflix , blockbuster, and a bunch of other cool stuff, seems pretty good to me,
post #11899 of 16490
Looking for a new BD. I can figure out what features I am looking for for the most part (streaming apps, etc).

The area in which I am looking for advice involves the ability to play Mpeg4 files. These are not copies of ripped movies, but home videos I have converted to Mpeg4 and put on a 2 TB USB hard drive. I would like to be able to plug the drive into the player or better yet, have the BD player read them from the drive via my home network (hard wired). Does such a player exist?

The LG BD670 -from the manual
This Player is a DLNA Certified digital media player that can display and play movie, photo and music content from your DLNA-compatible digital media server (PC and Consumer Electronics).

I assume I would need some sort of software? Not a media server per se but just an ordinary desktop running Windows Vista.

Thanks for any advice.
post #11900 of 16490
Picked up a LG BD670 on the way home tonight. Got virtually the same reviews as the Panny 210 and will stream DIVX and MKV from USB according to the box and the tech at Best Buy, who actually owns the same model. We'll find out tomorrow when the new TV comes.
post #11901 of 16490
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Originally Posted by larlane View Post

Looking for a new BD. I can figure out what features I am looking for for the most part (streaming apps, etc).

The area in which I am looking for advice involves the ability to play Mpeg4 files. These are not copies of ripped movies, but home videos I have converted to Mpeg4 and put on a 2 TB USB hard drive. I would like to be able to plug the drive into the player or better yet, have the BD player read them from the drive via my home network (hard wired). Does such a player exist?

The LG BD670 -from the manual
This Player is a DLNA Certified digital media player that can display and play movie, photo and music content from your DLNA-compatible digital media server (PC and Consumer Electronics).

I assume I would need some sort of software? Not a media server per se but just an ordinary desktop running Windows Vista.

Thanks for any advice.

You'll need DLNA software on your PC. Windows comes with one built in, part of Windows Media Player, but a lot of people use other tools.

Your files have .mp4 extensions? Make sure the players you are looking at support that. I know the OPPOs do (starting at $499), although you should also check the A/V codecs inside the container, make sure they are also supported.

-Bill
post #11902 of 16490
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Originally Posted by DTD70 View Post

Picked up a LG BD670 on the way home tonight. Got virtually the same reviews as the Panny 210 and will stream DIVX and MKV from USB according to the box and the tech at Best Buy, who actually owns the same model. We'll find out tomorrow when the new TV comes.

I would love to know if you can stream mkvs over network / dlna as well. Please keep us updated. Or anyone else who knows chime in
post #11903 of 16490
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Originally Posted by mbman81 View Post

I would love to know if you can stream mkvs over network / dlna as well. Please keep us updated. Or anyone else who knows chime in

I'll be sure to report back after I get it set up. My new TV comes this afternoon! (Samsung UN55D7000 3D LED)
post #11904 of 16490
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Originally Posted by mbman81 View Post

I would love to know if you can stream mkvs over network / dlna as well. Please keep us updated. Or anyone else who knows chime in

At first try, I got an error message about media not being available. Can't remember specifically sorry. I'll try and post the actual message later.

DivX and MKV over USB (stick) with no issues though!
post #11905 of 16490
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Originally Posted by DTD70 View Post

At first try, I got an error message about media not being available. Can't remember specifically sorry. I'll try and post the actual message later.

DivX and MKV over USB (stick) with no issues though!

Doh. Have you messed around with settings and such to try and get network/dlna streaming going? It's so odd it can play over USB but not stream via network.
post #11906 of 16490
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Originally Posted by DTD70 View Post

At first try, I got an error message about media not being available. Can't remember specifically sorry. I'll try and post the actual message later.

DivX and MKV over USB (stick) with no issues though!

Just to add, I have played DIVX avi, mp4 over usb on Samsung PN59D6500, have had trouble using DLNA though
Have not tried mkv
post #11907 of 16490
Picked up a LG BD-650 Blu Ray player and flashed to latest firmware. Installed the latest development version of the TVMOBiLi DLNA server. LG was able to find the DLNA server after I reset the network connection. I am having an issue with the picture quality of lower resolution video. Quite frankly, it's horrible. I have an ACRyan media player with a Realtek processor which produces a way better picture.

So, any suggestions on a working DLNA capable Blu Ray player that can play alot of different video formats with excellent picture quality with lower resolution source material? According to this thread, my choices are the Oppo and PS3. I am looking for advice on a less expensive option.

Thanks for the info!
post #11908 of 16490
Was able to stream DivX and MKV via network share after setting up Windows Media Center to stream to all network devices. Nice!
post #11909 of 16490
hey all, I am looking for the best 2D and non-internet blue-ray player for cheap. my sony ex500 is able to play 1080p 24p, so im looking for the best player to match my tv. I have no use for 3d or internet apps as I already have an apple tv.

thanks in advance
post #11910 of 16490
I've narrowed my decision down to these two 3D capable Blu Ray players. I am going to hook it up to my LG 47LW5600. I am leaning towards getting the LG, to keep the same brand throughout my set up (I also have a LG sound bar that I got for free with the TV). From my research, both units seem to be essentially equal in quality/features, with each being a little better in different areas but balancing out to around the same overall grade. The only advantage I could think of for getting the Panny is to have the different internet suite/access, but it seems they have both similar functionality there, and if anything the LG might be better.

Any opinions for deciding between these 2 devices?
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