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Can Blue Ray Players with Browsers Stream Networks?

by jsemmett / May 5, 2012 2:22 AM PDT

Enhanced BlueRay players such as the Panasonic DMP-BDT220 have internet streaming of Netflix, etc, but can they browse to a major network, such as CBS.com, and play available program episodes as run-of-the-mill PC's can do? TNX

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Not yet.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 5, 2012 9:00 AM PDT

I've tried a few and it appears to be mostly no. I think the reason is very simple. There's no simple PC in those things.
Bob

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Not yet because...
by Pepe7 / May 5, 2012 11:33 AM PDT
In reply to: Not yet.

...the networks are still trying to protect their content. It's still easier to sell higher priced ads on TV than it is online.

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Odd. My google TV works more than those BD players.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 5, 2012 12:17 PM PDT
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Is there a reason why it works on a slightly better device?

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From what I have seen
by WaCableTech / May 6, 2012 1:21 AM PDT
In reply to: Not yet.

only one player offers an actual browser, http://reviews.cnet.com/blu-ray-players/sony-nsz-gt1-google/4505-9991_7-34195983.html , the rest have embedded apps that only stream certain provider content ie netflix or hulu so unless they host the material you cannot get it.

That said, every device out there gets hacked by someone and has a unix boot kernel made, so if you have a device, do some google work and see if you can run linux on it, then you should be able to browse to whatever you want, just be warned that sometimes its not worth it because it requires voiding the warranty.

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