Most new BD players come with an internet connection and have items like Blu-Ray Live. You don't need to use any of these features if you don't want to. Just don't plug the ethernet cable into it and it won't access BD Live, etc. The ethernet connection can come in handy for easy Firmware Uptgrades, but this can also be done by downloading the upgrade on a computer, burn it to a CD and inserting the CD into the BD player. I have a Panasonic BD-35 that has internet connection, but I don't have it connected. It's a great player. Bought it at Costco for $169. I also have a PS3, which is connected via Wi-Fi to the internet so my son's can download games, etc, and I do regular Firmware upgrades wirelessly too.
Can anybody recommend a really good blue ray player with excellent or very good picture quality that will also play cd's, and doesn't have all the extra stuff like bd/ethernet connectivity etc. etc. I am not concnerned about that stuff, just want a quality player. Thanks!