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Pretty good, but...... ANNOYING
on March 2, 2013
Sept 2013 Update. Unit is off. Press the Open Tray button on the remote. Nothing happens. Wait. In about two minutes it will turn on--you can see the Sony logo on your TV. The tray will open. You get up to put in the DVD. Before you take two steps the tray will close. Press the Open Tray button again. Nothing will happen. Be patient, (If you press Open Tray twice in a row it goes to Lock), wait a minute or two, then press it again. The tiny display on the unit will say LOCK--and there is only one solution. Unplug the power cord, wait 30 seconds. The problem seems to get worse and worse. I think there must be some kind of decision tree in the unit, once you are in hell mode--there's no way out. The instructions tell you how to turn on the Lock mode (holding the play button for 10 seconds) BUT THEY DON"T TELL YOU HOW TO TURN IT OFF (except for unplugging the unit and waiting 30 seconds).
Sometimes DVDs take 10 minutes to load. Sometimes I just give up. Amazon Prime works great because I don't have to open the tray. There is absolutely no excuse for this kind of nonsense.
July 2013 Update.
The tray will not open. It's done this many times before. Pressing the open button cycles between the message "Home" and "Lock." When it says "Lock" usually I have to unplug it...... This is unacceptable. I did a search and this apparently is a common problem with no clear solutions that I could find.
15 minutes to get it to work... (unplugged it twice)
(Where is the 'iPod' Bluray player, no hassles, few buttons, reliability?)
I like this player. It (eventually) does what it's supposed to do. It's (fairly) reliable.
All good, except... the remote control is still the same stupid remote control mess that's annoyed everyone (except the gearheads who designed it)
I've been using this player for a few months now--about every 4th or 5th time I push a button to fast forward, pause, accept the one choice offered on the screen I push the wrong button and something immediately happens that then takes two minutes and 4-5 button pushes to undo. Today I hit a button labeled 'SEN'. I don't know what it is supposed to do, but it does the same thing as the HOME button which does basically the same thing the RETURN button does.
Like most remotes this is dark and symmetrical. Picking it up, you have to look at it to see which way it is pointed.....
there are 39 buttons on the thing -- most of which are either never used or only used to enter passwords.
The workflow is also dumb. Turn it on, after it sorts itself out the first selection offered on screen says ERASE BD Data --which I'm guessing will erase all the tedious passwords entered for Sony, Netflix, Amazon.... When I select Netflix, I have to wait, but instead of Netflix I get a window saying Content is Ready with the option CLOSE, part of the same flow is the option CANCEL. Unless I'm paying attention it's easy to select the wrong one. (If I was paying attention I probably wouldn't be watching TV in the first place.)
If the DVD drawer is open, it won't do anything until you close the drawer, but it won't say to do this until you try to do select something. All these excess and unnecessary steps become really annoying after a couple of weeks.
In the end it does work--which I cannot say for my LG Dumb Phone.