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So is there any advantage to having a wifi enabled blu ray player and tv?

GoodDeal916 369 32 November 30, 2010 at 10:34 AM
I understand if you have a wireless blu ray player you don't need to connect to the internet directly but you will have to still connect to the tv...but how if the tv is a wi fi tv as well? Would that just mean you can stream netflix directly from the tv and not worry about a connection from a blu ray player?

Basically I am in the market for both and would like to stream netflix. What is the best way to go?

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i say if you need the blu ray player anyhow, then get the wifi ble ray player and not the wifi tv. Things like that on tvs are usually inferior. For example, my tv lets me browse pictures on a usb drive or camera. However, it is far inferior to the browsing capabilities of my xbox 360, so I never use my tv for that.

Now if yo uhave an xbox 360, then you may not even need a wifi blu ray player, just a regular one will do. It depends on a few things though. I think xbox 360 is only 1080i, so a blue ray may give you the 1080p if that is something you want. Also, netflix on xbox requires an xbox live gold account. etc.

Another thing to ask yourself is, if you have a blu ray player on your pc. If you are streaming movies from your pc, might as well stream blu rays if you have the blu ray player and the bandwidth.
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The newer TVs have "apps" that work without any other devices connected. You could stream Netflix directly to a TV (provided that TV has Netflix support). That's the big tech right now.

If you have a streaming player on a Bluray, PS3, Wii (not HD), or Xbox, you can connect them to any TV.

Getting internet capability on both is redundant. If you're getting one of the 4 things listed above, then I don't know why you'd need an internet TV--unless you thought you'd use it alone without turning on the player. Or if you really wanted to stimulate the economy with an extra $500-1000.
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If nothing else you will want to connect your blu-ray player up to the internet for firmware updates. You'll need to do that with any bluray player you get. Whether or not you can hard wire it or need the wireless is dependent on your situation.
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It will be cheaper to get a bluray player with netflix streaming built in than get a TV with apps if your looking at cheaper TV's. If your going to get a bluray player anyways most of the good ones have netflix built in. If you have wired access where your going to put the TV that will always be more secure and better for streaming than wireless versions. It kind of depends on the specific models your looking at as to see if the streaming services are any good or not.
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I would base your "do I need a wifi (internet) capable" decision based on what subscriptions you have and use. Since you have netflix having at least one netflix capable device is nice.

I have netflix but I use my xbox for it so...having a BR with wifi is useless unless I can browse interwebz on it. (something xbox doesnt have....for now) If I were you I would get a BR with internet and get a normal TV.
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Quote from finka View Post :
I would base your "do I need a wifi (internet) capable" decision based on what subscriptions you have and use. Since you have netflix having at least one netflix capable device is nice.

I have netflix but I use my xbox for it so...having a BR with wifi is useless unless I can browse interwebz on it. (something xbox doesnt have....for now) If I were you I would get a BR with internet and get a normal TV.
This is true assuming you have a wired connection to upgrade the firmware on your BR player so you can watch the latest movies. This is absolutely critical with BR thanks to copy protection. No firmware update = no new movies.
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This is true assuming you have a wired connection to upgrade the firmware on your BR player so you can watch the latest movies. This is absolutely critical with BR thanks to copy protection. No firmware update = no new movies.
Ya its wired. (couldn't watch netflix without it)

On a side note, some people got burned b/c of this but make sure the BR device is WiFi capable or something of that sort and not just WiFi ready. The language is vague in terms of if it can connect to the internet right outta the box or not. One with a network card in it already is usually a bit more expensive the just WiFi ready ones.
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