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.
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.