Apple TV ( 2012)
While it's still a step behind the Roku 3, the Apple TV is an excellent streaming box, especially for those invested in the Apple ecosystem.
Typical price: £99.00
If you want to take your Blu-rays on the road, Sony's BDP-SX1 portable player is a reasonable, if expensive, option. Its good USB media support is a bonus, but Blu-rays don't look significantly better than DVDs on a 10-inch screen.
Typical price: £300.00
Cambridge Audio Azur 751BD
The Cambridge Audio Azur 751BD is a 3D-ready Blu-ray player aimed at audiophiles. It sounds heavenly with pretty much any disc you feed it, but also delivers fabulous hi-def video and can stream almost every type of media via a LAN or USB. It's undeniably fine, but expensive.
Typical price: £800.00
Bafflingly small, the BD-D7500 pushes high-street Blu-ray design into the highfalutin realm once monopolised by a certain overpriced Danish brand. One to audition if you want a net-connected BD player that's as pretty as a picture.
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The Samsung BD-D8500M Blu-ray player appears to offer it all -- a 500GB PVR, 3D support and Internet connectivity. But its multitasking issues and unconvincing media-streaming capability rather take the shine off this ambitious package.
Typical price: £320.00
The Sony BDP-S480 is a steal at its current price. As well as premium 3D Blu-ray playback capability, it offers tonnes of other great features, including access to the Bravia Internet Video Web portal.
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The Panasonic DMR-BWT700 is the most sophisticated Blu-ray recorder we've seen so far, combining fine 2D and 3D Blu-ray performance with versatile recording options. It's not particularly intuitive, though.
Typical price: £500.00
The Panasonic DMP-BD75 is a perfectly capable Blu-ray player, but it costs too much and doesn't offer the online video-streaming capabilities of cheaper Sony and Samsung machines.
Typical price: £140.00
The Philips BDP8000 is a great 3D Blu-ray player that offers excellent picture quality. The only downsides are its high price and relative lack of online video services.
Typical price: £200.00
It'll play your 3D Blu-rays, albeit with a weird line down the right-hand side, but the BDX3100 is under-specified and over-priced compared to everything else on the market. We can tell Toshiba's heart isn't in Blu-ray players, and it shows in this off-the-shelf hardware.
Typical price: £180.00