i feel /w/o wifi maybe 20 bucks at most and i am not paying tax (i live in cali its a libral crap place 4 taxes lets hurt people who dont have nuttin lol) tax em to deATH BUT LOOKS LIKE THIS MIGHT GO NATIONWIDE !!!!!!!!!!!!
Picked up one of these on BF and think it's a great price for what you get, but it is a very basic Blu Ray player. No wifi or even an ethernet port; updates have to use a thumb drive and the USB port. Also only has HDMI out and Coax out for audio so no component or composite connections. One thing I do like is the footprint is very small so you don't need much space to store it. If you just need a basic player for Blu or DVD, don't think you can go wrong for the $40 they are asking. You'll pay $20-$30 just for a basic DVD only so may as well spend the extra and get Blu capability.
Nothing wrong being very basic functionality as long all Blu-ray movies are playable on it and last for more than 1 year. Not having any connection to the Internet can be a good thing on movies that must phone home to check something or forced to download the new trailers. Only movies from Disney cartoon and Pixar make good use of BD Live. As for updating the firmware, I prefer to do it myself because if there's a firmware that blocks certain functionality I want, I have to decide if I want to stay away (until future movies become incompatible with the old firmware). This happened to one of my old DVD upscaler player that has a lot of functionality but a newer firmware decided to block a feature I like.
About 3 months ago, the latest Blu-ray encryption key got updated and I'll bet all or almost all players were manufactured about that time or before will have outdated encryption key. I don't know if there are any new Blu-ray movies that require the new key yet but has anyone encounter Blu-ray movie that tells you the key is outdated? In the past, Pixar was the fastest one that upgraded to use the new key when it comes out.
Speaking of component video output, it became illegal 2-3 years ago when the new law (forgot what it's called) becomes effective. But it has loophole where VGA is still allowed. Only analog HD video which is component video is outlawed because the signal is not encrypted. But I recently saw one of the newer model of no name brand Blu-ray player at Shopko that has component video out for the non-wireless LAN model. I guess whoever made the player doesn't follow the law. The Blu-ray player was one of the deals at Black Friday.
Blu-Ray burners were near $50, though a hassle to get the Blu-rays to read with right software. Every device is hungry to control the consumer with software so they can advertise and update to your face every month.
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N 4 1, the last time I bought a DVD player I paid $32 for it and it was refurbished so $40 for a new Blu-ray player with 2 weeks until xmas is good enough, the person I'm getting it for couldn't care less for WiFi, streaming or apps.
Last edited by Mysticman; 12-10-2012 at 05:02 PM..
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