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Works for me...
on April 23, 2012
Updated: 7/11/2012 Look below..
If you look at all the reviews for all the blu-ray players across the board, you will be struck by how each player has a lot of bad reviews. Even the ones that are 4 stars, have lots of 1 star reviews associated with them. That in conjunction all the "refurbished" blu-ray players in the market should tell you something.
The main complaint I have seen is that the device won't connect to the internet. On a lot of models, people complain that when they tried to reflash the firmware in the device, the blu-ray will become completely inoperable.
For me, and this device, I have had NONE of those issues I have seen so frequently.
It took me 5 minutes to get it on my wireless network.
Once on the network, Netflix, and Pandora worked flawlessly. There was one hiccup after initial downloading of netflix and watching a movie the first time, where it said it was downloading, and then restarted, but there were no problems. It worked fine after that.
Pandora worked great the first time around.
Since hooking up the device a few days ago, it already downloaded, an reflashed firmware without any issues.
As for Blu-ray playing, it looks extraordinary.
Uprezing of standard DVD disks also surprisingly looks great. Occasionally when the movie switches scenes I will detect some horizontal lines in the picture similar to what one of my HD cameras looks like, when digital motion detection is on.
Otherwise, it looks great!
I bought the device understanding I may have issues with the internet connectivity, and not really caring as I already have lots of devices on my network that can play Pandora, and Netflix.
However, I was pleasantly surprised(AT FIRST) at how well this all works.
Very convenient(when it isn't downloading)!
I have had a Samsung, Flat Tube HD tv for years, but was never really happy with it, and rarely watch TV anyway, so I am not what you would call a "Videophile"
So, with that said, I can't tell you all the pros and cons of this Blu-Ray player.. What rate it scans at, how many bit A/D it has(I saw the number, but it was high enough for me, so I dismissed the number), etc.
I can just tell you, the Blu-rays are stunning, and the uprezed Standard DVDs are surprisingly good looking. Coupled with that, the Netflix, and Pandora interfaces are well thought out, and easy to use(WHEN THEY AREN'T DOWNLOADING).
Load times of those two internet features are higher than others, but it is not an issue for me.
Okay I have had this Blue Ray for some time, and while it does continue to work, it is constantly downloading firmware, new version of the Netflix player, and sometimes telling me it "can't download the application" when I try to play Pandora.
It is a pain in the neck, and I am just waiting for whomever, to finally get it right. All of these Blu-Ray players have their issues. This one is no exception. I don't regret my purchase, because I do not know which one would be better. I did however move my review from 5 stars to 3.