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Blu-Ray Player Simplicity at any Price

by fellinifan / August 14, 2010 4:43 AM PDT

My Sony Blu-Ray player is nearly 3 years old. A couple of movies I've bought won't load; specifically, the Blu-Rays of "Starship Troopers" and "The Red Shoes".

I believe I need to buy a newer player that can handle these (and upcoming) Blu-Rays.

The thing is I don't want 3-D capability, BD-Live functionality, WiFi interconnectivity or any special features EXCEPT, maybe, region-free adaptability.

Price is not a concern. All I want is a simple, basic-as-bones playback capacity.

I'm the kind of oldster who only wants a cellphone that handles phone calls and texting. I don't want to take pictures with it or connect to the internet or utilize apps. A Jitterbug phone would probably suit me just fine if it didn't have limited service carrier options.

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated....

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The early sony players have firmware updates
by minimalist / August 14, 2010 5:53 AM PDT

that will allow your player to play newer movies. The lack of an ethernet connection on those players means you have to download the firmware directly from the sony site and burn it to a CD. Go here to find your player and download the newest firmware:

If you still want to get another player (they do load a LOT faster now) you really want ethernet because without it your player has no way to update itself. If you don't have an ethernet connection in your living room you'll want a player with wifi built in or that includes a usb wifi dongle. With this connectivity you will likely get additional features whether you use them or not. Netflix streaming really is a great complement to the disc based service. Sony Panasonic LG and Samsung all make good entry level players (150 plus dollars).

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Oh, and most people agree that Oppo
by minimalist / August 14, 2010 5:55 AM PDT

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