Get a Blu-ray player for $78; Wireless for $120

Wal-Mart has the Magnavox MB500MG1F Blu-ray disc player for $78. Best Buy has the Insignia NS-WBRDVD wireless Blu-ray disc player for $120.

This $78 Magnavox Blu-ray player has no front-panel display, but it does have an SDHC card slot.

Well, it's the Sunday before Christmas and we are entering the home stretch. Got someone on your list who is hard to ship for but still hasn't made the jump to a Blu-ray disc player? We'll, we have a couple of deals to help you out.

Like the Ghost of Christmas Past, Wal-Mart is once again offering the Magnavox MB500MG1F Blu-ray disc player for $78. Shipping adds 97 cents, but the store's Web site guarantees it will get the player to you in time for Christmas if you order by Sunday.

This no-frills player features your standard DVD up-conversion to 1080p, Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound, and HDMI, component, and other video outputs. But there's no front-panel LED display, and it definitely won't do any online streaming services like Netflix. It may be a bare-bones player, but it gets plenty of favorable user comments over at the Blu-ray Forum.

Backup deal
If you want a little more bang for your buck and don't mind spending a few more of them, Best Buy has the Insignia NS-WBRDVD wireless Blu-ray disc player for $119.99, some $60 off its regular price.

In addition to HDMI upcoversion, Dolby True HD and DTS Master Audio support, etc., this unit includes Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity and supports streaming content from Netflix. However, this deal will probably only work for you as a Christmas gift if you can get to one of the stores to pick it up; the site lists shipping as "coming soon."

And if you need a few discs as stocking stuffers to go with a Blu-ray player, Amazon.com is offering several Blu-ray discs for $7.99, with delivery before Christmas with two-day shipping. Titles include Reservoir Dogs, Total Recall, The Doors, Young Guns, First Blood, Rambo: Part II, Rambo III, The Punisher, and American Psycho.

 

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