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LG BD550 Network Blu-ray Disc Player (2010 Model)

by LG
3.9 out of 5 stars 319 customer reviews
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  • Blu-ray Disc Player with Pure Audio and Video Performance
  • BD-P NetFlix HD BD live
  • Full HD 1080p output via HDMI with Cinema mode at 24 or 60 frames per second USB Media Host
  • Superior audio performance with 7.1 channels with Dolby Digital Plus & TrueHD & dts-HD
  • Express reaction startup for instant tray opening
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: LG
  • Model Number: BD550
  • Color: Gloss Black
  • Width: 0.00 inches
  • Display Height: 0.00 inches
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Product Description

Product Description

BD-P, Netflix HD, YouTube, CinemaNow Ready, BD Live, Advanced Audio, Quick Booting, Instant Tray Open, 1080p up-scaling for DVD, USB Media Host

From the Manufacturer

bd550LG Open up a new world of entertainment with LG’s BD550 Network Blu-Ray Disc™ Player. Whether it’s the newest Blu-Ray Disc™ or an up-scaled DVD, this makes sure you see it all in the best possible Full HD 1080p video with digital sound. Plus, Internet access brings NetCast™ to your television, letting you stream movies, TV shows and more.

Innovative Features

Entertainment On Tap
The end of "there’s nothing on." NetCast™ Entertainment Access lets you stream instant, and virtually endless, entertainment from Netflix®, Vudu™, CinemaNow™, Pandora®, YouTube™, Picasa™ and AccuWeather® direct to your TV from the Internet- no computer required. (Learn more)

Enjoy It at It's Best
Make the most of your HDTV. Blu-Ray Disc™ playback delivers exceptional Full 1080p video performance.

Making Old Just Like New
No need to go out and replace your old DVD collection. Even they look better on Blu-Ray. Standard DVD Up-Scaling delivers exceptional image quality from standard DVDs with 1080p Up-Scaling via HDMI™ output. (Learn more)

Don’t just hear it. Feel it.
Great picture needs great sound. Get Superior Audio Performance that supports surround sound up to 7.1 channels with Dolby® Digital Plus, Dolby® TrueHD and dts-HD Advanced Digital Out technologies. (Learn more)

Don’t Wait To Watch
A quick-opening tray- ready to play before you hit the couch.

Memories on the big screen
Want to view a highlight reel of the family vacation in the comfort of your living room? USB Media Host lets you view family photos, and listen to music from USB storage devices. (Learn more)

All In One
Having a hard time keeping track of your remotes? With SIMPLINK™, all your LG devices can be controlled with just one remote. (Learn more)

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Netcast Entertainment
Now buying a Blu-ray player from LG can also mean getting access to virtually endless entertainment and services from the Internet. Want to watch your favorite action film? If you have an LG Network Blu-Ray Disc™ Player with NetCast™ Entertainment Access and an Internet connection, select an onscreen service and you’ll be enjoying it in moments. Tapping into virtually endless entertainment from the Internet no longer requires a computer or messy wires. This is the future of entertainment, and it’s available now with LG.

Roxio CinemaNow™
Now Hollywood’s latest hits can be viewed any time you want. With CinemaNow™, LG consumers can get instant access to pay-per-view movies from major studios directly to any LG Network Blu-Ray Disc™ Player. Find major release titles, along with broadcast and cable television programs. The entire premium content catalog can be browsed directly and selections can be watched instantly. CinemaNow™ and LG have redefined what can be expected of digitally available entertainment.

Make the most of the extensive offerings on Netflix®. Users with a subscription can sit back and enjoy unlimited instant access to over 12,000 Netflix® movies and TV episodes* streamed directly to their TV set. Most movies and TV episodes appear in standard definition and many selections are not new releases.

Netflix® subscription required and sold separately.

Now you can watch everything on YouTube™ right in your living room. Blu-ray players with NetCast™ give you unlimited, direct access to the millions of Web videos available through YouTube™, whenever you want them. All you need is an active Internet connection. Watch that one fellow making a fool of himself over and over again.

If you want major studio releases in Full HD 1080p and Dolby® Digital Plus sound, Vudu™ is the only place you’ll find it. With 20,000 HD titles available, and 2,000 in Blu-ray-quality HDX format, there’s no better source for streaming HD movies on NetCast™.

Listen to a radio station made just for you. By entering artist or song information, Pandora® will generate a playlist of similar recommendations. Your new favorite song is waiting.

Edit digital photos so they look their best when shared on your television screen, and create galleries and slideshows for easy organization any time you want to enjoy them.

Get up to the minute weather updates, plus forecast information to help plan ahead.

Standard DVD Up-Scaling
It's not just Blu-ray discs that look great on a Blu-ray player. Standard DVD Up-Scaling delivers exceptional image quality from standard DVDs to near full HD picture quality. That means even your older movies and shows look better on an LG Blu-ray player.

Superior Audio Performance
Blu-Ray lets you enjoy the best sound available from your movies and shows. Supports surround sound up to 7.1 channels with Dolby® Digital Plus, Dolby® TrueHD and dts-HD Advanced Digital Out technologies.

USB 2.0 Media Host
Bring your digital library to life on your television with USB 2.0 Media Host. View family photos, watch videos and listen to music from USB storage devices.

Are your remote controls taking over the living room?  Now with SimpLink™, you can easily set up and control all of your HDMI™ connected LG devices with just one remote.

Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Name LG
Item Weight 4.4 pounds
Product Dimensions 7.9 x 16.9 x 1.8 inches
Item model number BD550
Color Name Gloss Black

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
3.9 out of 5 stars 319 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #78,365 in Home Theater (See top 100)
#274 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > Blu-ray Players & Recorders > Blu-ray Players
Shipping Weight 5.4 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First Available February 15, 2010

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Update 11/26/2012: This review was written more than 2 years ago. Technology move very fast. So this player is ancient now. It was good for its time. I've moved to using my PS3 as my media center (it plays DVD/BD, streams Netflix, VUDU, Amazon, Hulu, Crunchyroll, plus DLNA content off my NAS).


I am a hardcore geek and have also worked in the streaming video industry the past 4 years. So you may be surprised to hear that this is the first BD player I ever own. I've tested plenty of BD, DVD, streaming boxes, so I know all their strengths and weaknesses.

I waited till now because the early generation of BD players are underpowered (that's why people complained about slow startup, slow to load BD, sluggish menu/UI, etc.). Knowing the performance of that generation, plus having tested the up-n-coming ones, I waited for something that is worth spending money on.

I almost bought the LG BD-390, but that was still too expensive. So I waited for the next gen after, which is the LG BD-5XX series. Since I have wired ethernet to where my entertainment console is, I pick the BD-550. For streaming video, I never want wireless (attested by people commenting on quality, stutters, delays and re-buffering). If I absolutely had to go wireless, I would use 802.11N (not G) and one that supports the 5Ghz band. But that is another topic.

The 550 does everything I need and want. Fast CPU, boot up less than 10s, load BD in about same amount of time (except for a few that has BD-Live and more complicated content). Btw, to use BD-Live, you will need to plug in a USB flash stick (I use a 4GB USB flash, one of those tiny one. Make sure it is formatted as FAT or FAT32.).

Netflix - good UI, fast (I have 25Mb down/10Mb up).
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Recently I have tried four BD players which have Netflix streaming capability. LG BD370, Samsung BD P-1600, Sony BDP N460, and LG BD 550. Earlier I also tried Roku HD player for netflix streaming. Except Roku, all the BD players I tried all use wired Ethernet, no wireless.
(I have wired Ethernet in my house so I don't need wireless network.)

I could tell you guys: LG BD 550 is by far the best when it comes to Netflix streaming. I ended up returning all the others. BD550's Fast forwarding, fast rewinding is just way faster than any other unit I tried. It is even faster than Roku! Among these units, Samsung BD P1600 is the slowest. Also BD 550 not only shows your movies in the netflix instant queue, it also gives you option to pick movie you may like, what you've recently watched (even after you removed it from your instant queue), new arrivals, etc. It's just a perfect Netflix player. If you like Netflix's GUI interface, then just don't buy Sony N460! Sony completely screwed Netflix's GUI but Sony's GUI is just too awkward.

For other streaming sources, BD550 has Vudu, Roxio CinemaNow, Youtube and Picasa. Among all the units I tried, this is the only unit that has Vudu. Its Youtube and Picasa application UI and load speed is just awesome. I am so happy I finally find one netflix streaming device that works well.

As for BD player performance. Be honest, I really can't see much difference in terms of image quality.


If you didn't get a chance to try other players, let me remind you that all of them are SLOOOOOOW in loading BD disc. As for Blu-ray playback video quality, actually to me as a normal user, they all perform similarly well.
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Let me get this out of the way up front: This is my first Blue-Ray Disc player.

I'm very pleased with this LG BD550 product. I wanted a product that would (a) play Blu-Ray Discs, and (b) let me watch streaming movies/shows over the internet using my Netflix account. This does both.

I considered the higher-end BD570 but decided against it because I did not need the built-in wireless capability, so I got the BD550 which just has the ethernet port, but no wireless (and saved about $70 doing so). I already had an Apple Airport Express behind the media stand for streaming music from iTunes to my stereo, and I was able to configure it as a simple wireless ethernet bridge, so in order to connect the BD550 to the internet all I had to do was connect an ethernet cable from the Airport Express to the BD550. Once that was done, everything internet related simply worked "out of the box".

Blue-Ray audio/visual quality seems good to me.

The user interface is adequate and is reasonably responsive. I have no complaints with the remote.

One thing I didn't expect - the BD550 defaulted to 1080i. I'm not sure if that is normal for BD players, but I switched it to 1080p for playing BD discs.

Since it's connected to the internet, it will occasionally ask me if I want to update the firmware/software.

The unit does not generate much heat, and has no vents in the top or sides of the case, i.e. no vents to block, so I figured it was OK to place my Cable/DVR box on-top of it.

Of all the internet enabled functions (I think this is called "Netcast") I've tried four of them:

1. Netflix - Works as advertised. I have a 3Mbps internet connection and I'm pleased with the quality of streaming netflix video.
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