My dad got a new HDTV for Christmas and I want to get him a blu ray player to complement it for his birthday. Only I know absolutely nothing about DVD/Blu Ray players. I've just always used my gaming consoles for playing them.
I'd like it to be sub $150, but below 100 would be best.
What should I be looking for? Any suggestions?
Disclaimer: I've never bought a BluRay player that wasn't a PS3.
Depends what features you want from it. Just to play BluRays or do you want the Netflix and NHL/MLB apps an all that?
I would imagine at that price range, that most of the players are all the same. Though Sony might be cheaper since they don't need to license the tech?
I use a Samsung one on a regular basis and it's great... simple to use, easy to navigate and it updates via WiFi.
Not 100% but I think it's this one. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Samsung+-+Wi-Fi+Built-In+Blu-ray+Player/4793654.p?id=1218540212059&skuId=4793654&st=blu%20ray&cp=1&lp=1
This is the blu ray player I have. I have had no issues with it. I use my directly connected via LAN, but I got my parents one for xmas and they have had no issues using wireless.
Do you have any other criteria besides "good" and "less than $100?" wi-fi, 3D, DLNA, apps? The one that was packaged with my TV is slow, so I wouldn't recommend it.
I am looking for a Blu-ray player myself, so it seems to make sense to jump into this topic, even if from a slightly different angle.
Do you guys have broad recommendations regarding how Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and LG (or others) stack up in terms of software usability, brand specific features (like Veira-cast), and disk-boot up/playing?