Originally Posted by bbrio
Basically, I would like to buy a BD player (even an expensive one if necessary) with a full internet WiFi access. I have a wireless N network at home and my current Sony BD-570 connects to it no problem. But what I really want is to go onto ANY site, and not just these pay sites.
My main reason for doing this is I have discovered quite a lot of free streaming internet FM stations that I quite like and would like to switch on the HT system (receiver and BD player, speakers, etc.), and connect to one of the myriad streaming FM stations. I'm not interested in limiting myself to the various subscription sites if you have to pay, quite happy to listen to the occasional ad (just like on a real FM radio).
Right now, I am listening to 181.fm by accessing it with my PC, and plugging the PC's HDMI output to one of the receiver inputs. Works fine, but I don't like having to tie up my PC with an HDMI cable.
Seems to me it should be relatiely straightforward to do it with a BD player assuming it can access any internet channel, and not just some pre-determined channels as decided by Sony or whoever.
Can anyone suggest as BD player with full wifi internet access? (Goodness, what a wordy post to arrive at my simple question. Sorry)
Or is there any other device for full internet browsing which could be plugged into my receiver (I do NOT want to keep a PC running constantly just to listen to internet FM). Thanks
Why not buy a device that is dedicated only to internet radio itself, with WIFI built in, if that's what you want? Like this
I know blurays are providing a lot of functionality right now, but they are not going to be as useful as a fully dedicated player for someone who values internet radio. These devices can be tied in to stereo inputs on your receiver and give you what you'd like without involving your PC.
Also, some receivers can reach any internet radio station, but are limited by their architecture to store a number within themselves. So if you have a receiver that can do this, just select the radio station, program it into your receiver and you are there without spending extra money. The most flexible, however would be a dedicated device.
Good luck, the internet stations are fun.