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Six connected Blu-ray players for any budget

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With Internet streaming picking up steam, Blu-ray players have evolved from simple receptacles for video discs to one of the most convenient ways to add the Internet to your television. After all, as more video entertainment arrives over the Internet, you need an easy way to watch such services (Hulu Plus, Netflix, and others) on your television. Here are six great players to consider.

Sony Internet TV NSZ-GT1

With Google TV inside, this unit is more like a computer for your television than a Blu-ray player.

Review: nine Blu-ray players for home entertainment

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Looking for a Blu-ray player for yourself or as a gift? Here are nine new models reviewed for you tech pleasure.

Toshiba BDX2700

The Toshiba BDX2700 is a reasonably good Blu-ray player that sells for a reasonably good price; its disappointing DVD upconversion is its only serious drawback.

Sharp BD-HP90U

Blu-ray discs look wonderful on the BD-HP90, but Sharp got virtually everything else wrong with this player--and then priced it too high.

Samsung BD-C6500

A few annoying design quirks can’t take the shine out of the otherwise excellent, reasonably priced Samsung BD-C6500.

LG BX580

The LG BX580 Blu-ray player offers exceptional image quality, full multimedia capabilities, and very good Internet content.

LG BD590

For most people, the Blu-ray player's 250GB internal hard drive won't justify the LG BD590's relatively high cost.

Panasonic DMP-BD85

The DMP-BD85 offers only middle-of-the-road image quality and an ugly, confusing menu system, which together make this Blu-ray player a poor value.

Insignia NS-WBRDVD2

For all its faults, the NS-WBRDVD2 covers the basics. You can stream Netflix, music, and pay-per-view movies. You can watch and listen to your own home media. And when you insert a Blu-ray disc, you'll get a very fine image for a player in this price range.

Samsung BD-C7900

Though it costs more than many competitors, the Samsung BD-C7900 offers excellent images, 3D, ease of use, and all the Internet and multimedia trimmings.

Panasonic DMP-BD65P

The Panasonic DMP-BD65P carries a low price, given its selection Internet streaming options, but it suffers from uninspiring image quality.

Samsung BD-C6500: Great Image Quality, a Few Design Quirks

A few annoying design issues can’t take the shine out of the otherwise excellent, reasonably priced Samsung BD-C6500 Blu-ray player.

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Panasonic DMP-BD65P: Media Streaming at a Reasonable Price

The Panasonic DMP-BD65P Blu-ray player has a low price, given its selection of Internet-streaming options--but it suffers from uninspiring image quality.

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Insignia NS-WBRDVD2: Middling Performance From an Inexpensive Blu-ray Player

You can't expect a great Blu-ray player for $150, but the Insignia NS-WBRDVD2 delivers a more-than-fair product for the price.

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