Don't-Miss Blu-ray Stories
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.
With Google TV inside, this unit is more like a computer for your television than a Blu-ray player.
Looking for a Blu-ray player for yourself or as a gift? Here are nine new models reviewed for you tech pleasure.
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.
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.
A few annoying design quirks can’t take the shine out of the otherwise excellent, reasonably priced Samsung BD-C6500.
The LG BX580 Blu-ray player offers exceptional image quality, full multimedia capabilities, and very good Internet content.
For most people, the Blu-ray player's 250GB internal hard drive won't justify the LG BD590's relatively high cost.
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.
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.
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.
The Panasonic DMP-BD65P carries a low price, given its selection Internet streaming options, but it suffers from uninspiring image quality.
A few annoying design issues can’t take the shine out of the otherwise excellent, reasonably priced Samsung BD-C6500 Blu-ray player.