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VIZIO VBR231 Blu-Ray Player with Wireless Internet Application, Black

by VIZIO

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  • 1. Plays Blu-ray Discs for full high definition 1080p video playback
  • 1. Plays DVD discs and audio CDs for added versatility
  • 1. Built-in 802.11n dual-band wireless networking for best wireless Internet performance
  • 1. Access additional entertainment on demand through your high-speed Internet connection
  • 1. Supports 7.1 digital audio output via HDMI (cable included) with Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD audio processing
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: VIZIO
  • Model Number: VBR231
  • Color: Black
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 1 Year

Product Description

The VIZIO Blu-ray Player with Wireless Internet Apps delivers full 1080p HD video, 7.1 surround sound and has built-in 802.11n dual-band wireless for easy access to movies, TV shows, music and more from the Internet.*. Also get 3 free HD movie rentals on VUDU, the online service that delivers 1080p HD movies!

Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameVIZIO
Item Weight5.7 pounds
Product Dimensions8.9 x 2 x 16.9 inches
Item model numberVBR231
Color NameBlack
  
Additional Information
ASINB00462RU60
Best Sellers Rank #96,868 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight8.5 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableSeptember 8, 2010
  
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2.5 out of 5 stars

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72 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Calvet on December 16, 2010
I love Vizio products and just bought a 42 inch LCD flat panel which I am quite happy with. Needless to say, I was looking forward to purchasing the Vizio 231 blu-ray player expecting the same level of quality. On the outside the VBR231 is gorgeous and well styled and designed. Everything is perfect. However, the blu-ray player has 3 major flaws that cannot be overlooked.

Firstly, this model cannot stay connected to the internet. So once you log off any internet app, you have to go thru the entire reconnection process using setup all over again. This gets tiresome after about 3 times. Tech support has confirmed with me that this model cannot stay connected with internet unlike their other blu-ray models. No explanation as to why.

Secondly, because the blu-ray player cannot stay connected to the internet, every time you turn it on, it tries to reconnect to the internet on its own. It never succeeds but these means you have to wait to use it for up to 5 minutes until it's done trying to reconnect. Just putting in a dvd or blu-ray disc can take a looong time and it's very frustrating.

Thirdly, the VBR231 has no function codes for the remote. This means you cannot control the player with any universal remote and are forced to use Vizio's remote. This oversight is made even worse when you discover that the VBR231 has one of the worst remotes I've ever seen. You have to be Frankenstein just to press these buttons and get it to work. What were they thinking when they made this?

Because of these three major issues I'm returning my model and starting over again.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By OC Doc on July 24, 2011
I purchased this unit at Costco (paying about $20 more than Amazon.com currently charges) in November 2010, after a standard DVD player used with a 42" HDTV (also Vizio) broke. At that time, I knew almost nothing about internet apps, and went to the store thinking I would simply buy a stand-alone BluRay player. To my surprise, none of the BluRay units sold at Costco were stand-alone: all were either WiFi-ready or had integrated WiFi. At $140, the VBR231 was the lowest-priced unit with full integrated WiFi. There were less costly units that were ethernet-net ready, but my tv location is not hard-wired for internet.

I experienced the same problem with internet connectivity as others have posted: it was not automatic and had to be manually configured each time I turned on the set. Tech support was unable to solve the problem, but I solved it myself by accident, earlier this month.

My wireless router (not dual-band, and it was already in place before buying this unit) was set for WEP security. Smartphones and portable computers in the house had no problem connecting to the network, so I left the security at the WEP level. The only glitch was that the Vizio unit had to be connected manually each time.

Two weeks ago, I changed the security level of the network to WAP-PSK, at the suggestion of friends who felt this offered better security. Once this change was made, the Vizio unit began to connect automatically, and I have not had to connect manually since this change from WEP to WPA-PSK was made. Following this discovery, I downloaded and install the firmware upgrade available at [...] . Download the update file to an EMPTY flash drive (be sure no other files are on the flash drive), then follow the instructions at the link above.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Darnell on November 11, 2013
Vizio has discontinued support of this product less than 3 years after its sale! The video streaming is now extremely limited and failing.

Read the following support chat, before buying any Vizio product!

atus: Disconnected
Jackson: Thank you for contacting VIZIO Live Chat. This is Jackson in South Dakota. Have you ever contacted us before?
Chris Darnell: No
Jackson: Unfortunately that blu-ray player is no longer receiving firmware updates.
Chris Darnell: So I have to buy a new blu-ray player?
Jackson: What is the issue that you're having?
Chris Darnell: I'm not able to update the firmware.
Jackson: But why did you need to update the firmware? Are certain titles not playing?
Chris Darnell: Some difficulty with that, but especially accessing on-line streaming.
Jackson: Okay, the apps are no longer being updated for this blu-ray player either so even with a firmware update you would not be able to update the specific apps.
Chris Darnell: So I need to buy a new blu-ray player?
Jackson: Correct
Chris Darnell: Is there a brand you recommend that will support their devices for at least 3 years?
Jackson: Unfortunately not, I apologize for the inconvenience.
Chris Darnell: Always liked Vizio, but can not afford to buy another product with no support.
Jackson: Understood, Do you have any other questions for me at this time?
Chris Darnell: Does Vizio offer any compensation or discounts to its customers who own products they have stopped supporting?
Jackson: No, The blu-ray player is functioning as intended and will still play blu-rays.
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