Blu-ray Players

Sony BDP-S5500
REVIEW

Sony BDP-S5500

If you're looking for a streaming box that not only does Blu-ray movies but also plays games, then the Sony BDP-S550 is an absolute bargain.

4 stars Editors' rating on June 4, 2015
4 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Simple.TV 2
REVIEW

Simple.TV 2

As a streaming-based DVR the Simple.TV offers a lot of functionality including a novel sharing feature, but if you just want to watch on your TV, instead of a tablet or phone, there are better alternatives.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on September 5, 2014
Slingbox M1
REVIEW

Slingbox M1

The $150 Slingbox M1 brings TV streaming to nearly any mobile device, PC, or Mac, now with the convenience of built-in Wi-Fi.

4 stars Editors' rating on July 15, 2014
4.5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Sony BDP-S3200
REVIEW

Sony BDP-S3200

The Sony BDP-S3200 will play your Blu-rays just fine but it doesn't do enough to embrace streaming media like its competitors.

3 stars Editors' rating on April 17, 2014
2.3 stars User rating out of 2 votes
LG BP530
REVIEW

LG BP530

The LG BP530 has built-in Wi-Fi and a good selection of apps, but there are just enough quirks to keep it from being a top Blu-ray player pick.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on December 9, 2013
0 stars User rating out of 3 votes
Samsung BD-F5900
REVIEW

Samsung BD-F5900

The Samsung BD-F5900 is an excellent Blu-ray player with the right mix of usability, performance, and speed.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 21, 2013
3.5 stars User rating out of 2 votes
Sony BDP-S5100
REVIEW

Sony BDP-S5100

The Sony BDP-S5100 Blu-ray player offers a wealth of services and very good image quality for the money.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 5, 2013
3.2 stars User rating out of 6 votes
Panasonic DMP-BDT230
REVIEW

Panasonic DMP-BDT230

The Panasonic DMP-BDT230 is a mostly solid Blu-ray player, except it serves up obnoxious ads in its onscreen interface.

3 stars Editors' rating on October 11, 2013
0 stars User rating out of 4 votes
Slingbox 500
REVIEW

Slingbox 500

While you'll pay a premium for its extra features, the Slingbox 500 is an excellent way to watch your TV or DVR video content anywhere.

4 stars Editors' rating on December 21, 2012
2.2 stars User rating out of 3 votes
Slingbox 350
REVIEW

Slingbox 350

The Slingbox 350 is an excellent way to watch your TV or DVR video content anywhere.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 23, 2012
0 stars User rating out of 3 votes
TiVo Stream
REVIEW

TiVo Stream

For TiVo Premiere owners with iOS devices, the TiVo Stream is a cool addition to your AV setup and mobile life.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 30, 2012
4 stars User rating out of 11 votes
Google Nexus Q
REVIEW

Google Nexus Q

The Nexus Q's striking, orblike hardware can't outweigh the extreme limitations of this Android-only, Google-only media streamer.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on June 28, 2012

No longer available for sale

Sony NSZ-GS7
REVIEW

Sony NSZ-GS7

The Sony NSZ-GS7 has sleek hardware and an innovative remote, but it's hampered by the still too-limited and frustrating Google TV software.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on June 24, 2012
3.4 stars User rating out of 3 votes
Roku HD
REVIEW

Roku HD ( 2012)

With its ability to stream hundreds of audio and video channels (including Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, and Hulu Plus), the $60 Roku HD would be our top pick for those seeking an ultra-affordable Internet media box -- if not for the fact that it's nearly identical to the slightly cheaper Roku LT.

4 stars Editors' rating on May 7, 2012
3.2 stars User rating out of 15 votes

Pricing not available

Sony BDP-S590
REVIEW

Sony BDP-S590

The Sony BDP-S590 is a great-looking Blu-ray player with built-in Wi-Fi, 3D compatibility, and tons of streaming-media apps, but it's slow to load discs and has some user interface quirks.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on April 24, 2012
2.5 stars User rating out of 14 votes
Panasonic DMP-BDT220
REVIEW

Panasonic DMP-BDT220

The Panasonic DMP-BDT220 is the best Blu-ray value of 2012, with built-in Wi-Fi, tons of streaming-media apps, 3D compatibility, and a simple user interface.

4 stars Editors' rating on April 13, 2012
2.5 stars User rating out of 34 votes
LG BP620
REVIEW

LG BP620

If you want 3D, the LG BP620 has most of the right features, but the absence of Amazon Instant and a dedicated Netflix button hurt its value a bit.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on April 10, 2012
3.4 stars User rating out of 4 votes
Elgato HD HomeRun
REVIEW

Elgato HD HomeRun

The Elgato HDHomeRun is a decent way to get over-the-air TV on your Mac, but its high bandwidth requirements mean you're better off opting for wired rather than Wi-Fi streaming.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on February 23, 2012

MSRP: $179.95

SiliconDust HDHomeRun Dual
REVIEW

SiliconDust HDHomeRun Dual

The Elgato HD HomeRun Dual is a decent way to get over-the-air TV on your PC, but its high bandwidth requirements mean you're better off opting for wired rather than Wi-Fi streaming.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on February 21, 2012
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

Pricing not available

Netgear NeoTV
REVIEW

Netgear NeoTV ( NTV200)

While it's a capable streamer the lack of any expandable memory and its limited connectivity really limit its universal appeal. It's also priced too high compared to the most recent Roku offerings.

3 stars Editors' rating on November 4, 2011
2.2 stars User rating out of 6 votes
LG BD690
REVIEW

LG BD690

The LG BD690 has a superb feature set and unique CD-ripping functionality, but it's expensive and a little more complicated to use than it needs to be.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on September 20, 2011
2 stars User rating out of 1 vote

Pricing not available

Philips BDP5506/F7
REVIEW

Philips BDP5506/F7

We wouldn't recommend the Philips BDP5506 over competing Blu-ray players.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on September 8, 2011

MSRP: $149.99

Toshiba BDX5200
REVIEW

Toshiba BDX5200

The Toshiba BDX5200 costs a little less than competing midrange Blu-ray players, but you'll miss out on worthwhile extra features and speedy performance.

3 stars Editors' rating on August 22, 2011
0 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Uebo M400
REVIEW

Uebo M400

While we recommend the Uebo M400 to the DIY streaming and content guru, the M400 is certainly not for novices. It's also desperately in need of some sort of QWERTY input remote.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 17, 2011
2 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $190.00

Panasonic DMP-BDT210
REVIEW

Panasonic DMP-BDT210

The Panasonic DMP-BDT210's built-in Wi-Fi, simple user interface, Amazon Instant streaming, and blazing fast disc-loading speeds make it our favorite Blu-ray player of 2011 so far.

4 stars Editors' rating on May 4, 2011
2 stars User rating out of 11 votes
Samsung BD-D6700
REVIEW

Samsung BD-D6700

The Samsung BD-D6700 is an excellent all-around Blu-ray player with dual HDMI outputs, but for most buyers its upgrades won't justify its high price.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on April 12, 2011
0 stars User rating out of 2 votes

MSRP: $299.99

Monsoon Vulkano Flow
REVIEW

Monsoon Vulkano Flow

While the experience isn't as polished as the Slingbox, the Vulkano Flow offers an impressive amount of streaming and recording features at an unbeatable price point.

3 stars Editors' rating on March 31, 2011
2.5 stars User rating out of 3 votes

MSRP: $100.00

WD TV Live Hub
REVIEW

WD TV Live Hub ( 1TB)

While it lacks integrated Wi-Fi and is more expensive than the Roku or Apple TV , the WD TV Live Hub's combination of snazzy interface and built-in 1TB hard drive will appeal to advanced users who have a lot of existing files they want to view on an HDTV or stream to other PCs on a network.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on December 13, 2010
2.6 stars User rating out of 5 votes

MSRP: $199.99

Sony SMP-N100
REVIEW

Sony SMP-N100

Sony's SMP-N100 streaming-video box isn't the easiest to use, but it offers an unparalleled feature set at its price.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on December 3, 2010
2.2 stars User rating out of 3 votes

MSRP: $129.99

D-Link Boxee Box
REVIEW

D-Link Boxee Box

The Boxee Box by D-Link has some innovative design choices and a promising user interface, but mainstream content is mostly missing in action until future firmware updates are available.

3 stars Editors' rating on November 18, 2010
2.9 stars User rating out of 5 votes