Sharkwater part 9 This Sony

Sharkwater part 9

This Sony produces a mind-boggling picture off Blu-Ray and a very nice up-conversion upscaling of conventional DVDs. Discs load quickly less than 20 seconds. The Internet video streaming is great. Netflix has a reasonable number of instantly viewable titles included in your monthly membership fee that you can easily add to your queue via their webpage, and Amazon Video on Demand covers the gaps for a fee. I wish the Sony player included Vudu like the LG BD-390, which would provide 1080 HD and Dolby Maybe sometime in 2010? The on-screen menu X-bar is very user-friendly, as was the Internet set-up as are firmware upgrades. Yes, the remote is cheap but it is functional I do wish it was back lighted. The front buttons on the box feel cheap and the door/disc tray seem flimsy not something I would let young kids mess with. I was able to use a current ScanDisk 2GB flash drive in the recessed rear memory buffer slot without a problem. As other have commented, you really need an upgraded high-speed Internet service to make the streaming video work. I upgraded from 5 MBPS to 10 MBPS service, only to realize that my 5 year old Linksys cable modem/router was acting as a bottleneck, resulting in frequent and annoying pauses when watching a TV episode on Netflix. So I am in the midst of upgrading my modem and router, hoping that this will remedy the problem Charter my local ISP and Netflix both have assured me that it will. I may also sharkwater part 9 a larger 4GB or 8GB flash drive, though I am not sure if that external buffer is used for anything than BD-Live material. I have the player hard-wired to a dedicated Ethernet jack, so I cannot comment on any Wi-Fi set-up issues. I did have to buy a higher quality CAT5 Ethernet cable. Overall, I am very happy with this player. I took a star off for no Vudu, a marginal remote control, and a chintzy build quality. I used this with my new 47 Vizio TV, go Black Friday specials. I ran a network cable to it and I have been impressed since then with the online network channels available. Amazon Video on Demand, works great with HD Videos. Movies start within about two minutes. Lots of other content to view. Slacker radio streaming just a click away. Even got to watch a HD movie from Sony, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs before it was released on DVD. Only issue is a slow start time for Blu-ray discs. Seemed to be a little bit of a lag there. Also, YouTube videos are available. Sony could have made a better interface on the remote such as a QWERTY keyboard remote for searching YouTube videos. It is awkward to enter search words via the remote. For the price though, I am satisfied with the unit considering what access is available and some of the HD videos that are available via the online channels that come with the unit. Awesome test for a HD TV when one is streaming HD video of the Grand Canyon. You really get the feel of being there. NetFlix on demand available also. You could spend hours just going through all of the online channels that are available. Sweeeeet for the price. I finally jumped on the bandwagon and got a BluRay. I m a Sony guy, sharkwater part 9 had heard enough less-than-stellar things about Samsung to make me wait until Sony had a model that would stream Netflix. Given that all my other audiovideo gear is Sony, I assumed it would mate well with those items. I was correct; the load time for BluRay is only a minute or so, picture quality is great. Love the ability to stream Netflix etc. The box DOES state as well as most sharkwater part 9 that a separate router is required to go wireless. Those that say otherwise did not read all the way through.

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