Blu-ray Player Buyers Guide


If you are one of the very few who is still hanging on to your old DVD player, the time has never been better to start thinking about upgrading to the superior Blu-ray player. Good, high-quality 2011 blu-ray players can cost little more than $100.00. You can even find a whole range of efficient players for under $100.00. Many consumer experts predict that for the upcoming holiday seasons, prices for blu-ray players will drop as low as $30.00 to $50.00. All these players will play your old DVDs better than your current DVD player. This is the most cost-effective upgrade you can come across. Not only will blu-ray players play and up-convert your old DVDs, they can handle blu-ray discs and come with various online streaming service as such as Netflix and Vudu. And if you have a HDTV or plan on purchasing one, a blu-ray player is a must to get the most out of your HDTV.

For those who have already purchased a player, but did so a few years back, you may want to think about upgrading as well. Your 2007 player, while it still might produce stunning pictures and sound quality, you be missing out on all the new features that have been added to most of today’s current models. Features like online streaming media services, built-in Wi-Fi, iPod/iPhone/Andriod app, Skype, DLNA capability and of course the new trend – 3D. Blu-rays over the past couple of years have evolved into a lot more than just playing physical media discs. Players have become the ultimate home theater accessory that provides many entertainment options. Here a is a Blu-ray player Guide to help you navigate your way through this HD format and discover the Best Blu-ray Player for you.

Here is what you get with the current group of Blu-ray Players:

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Blu-ray Players offer us the whole
entertainment package. You can
enjoy your favorite movies in Full
1080p video output with the latest
hi-def audio. Even your old DVDs
will be up-graded and will never
look better.

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The 3D trend has continued to grow
in 2011. And we are seeing new and
better features such as 2D-to-3D
conversion and 3D Effect Controller
added to players to give us more
control on how we view 3D content.
3D technology has never been easier
to enjoy from the comfort of your
living room.

Blu-ray Players

TV Shows, Movies, Music
& Videos – When You Want It

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With Blu-ray Disc
Players you’re instantly
connected to countless
hours of entertainment.
All you have to do is
press a button and you
can stream content from
services like Netflix, Hulu
Plus, Vudu, YouTube and
more.

Every Manufacturer has a different set of Online Streaming Content where you get access to a variation of services such as Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, Vudu, Amazon, Slacker, CinemaNow, Twitter, Facebook, Skype and literally hundreds more.

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The Best For Your Home
Entertainment Experience

Everyone SHOULD know by now, that any level
Blu-ray player (even the cheapest model), will
make your DVD player look old and out of touch
when it comes to picture quality. Simply put, a
DVD disc stores 4.7GB of data, Blu-rays has 50GB. All this extra space is the reason you can get Full 1080p video output. If you own a HDTV and want to get the most out of it, you owe it to yourself to have a blu-ray player. It is the BEST POSSIBLE SOURCE FOR HD CONTENT.

HD vs SD

If you are worried about having to
replace all your old DVDs, DON”T.
All blu-ray players are backward
compatible, meaning the will play
all your DVDs and CDs. Better still, it
will up-grade them to near HD
levels. Your old DVD collection will
be transformed and never look better.

With the ultimate picture quality, you need the ultimate sound quality. Blu-ray players are capable of handling the latest high-Resolution audio formats – DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD. These audio formats provide you with the soundtrack that is identical to the studio master; directly in your living room.

Next Generation Interactivity

Today’s Blu-ray Players all have the ability to go online.
Which means all players will have at least an Ethernet
Port for connecting to the internet. Once connected
you can get access to all kinds of additional content.
It also makes upgrading your player with new
firmware a breeze.

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Additional content can come in the form off streaming movies through online services, but it can also come in the form of BD-Live. This now standard feature can be accessed on certain Blu-ray discs. Not all discs will have bonus content, but many will allow you to access deleted scenes, chat rooms, interviews, live commentary, online games and much more.

If you don’t have wire network access in your living room, and let be honest, not many of us do. You should consider getting a Blu-ray player with a Wi-Fi option. It will make accessing the internet a lot easier. Wireless Blu-ray Players can either have built-in Wi-Fi or be Wi-Fi ‘Ready’, which means a USB WI-Fi dongle is needed. Some players include this USB Wi-Fi dongle others don’t, so you have to purchase it separately.

Sync Multiple Devices with
DLNA Technology

While blu-ray discs are great, they are not the only option
available. You can connect compatible flash drives, digital
cameras, MP3 players, or other USB devices to get to
access to videos, music, or pictures. Some blu-ray players
can play these files that are saved on your
DLNA-compatible devices – like your PC or mobile phone
via your network connection.

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Common file types supported: AVI, MKV, WMV, MP4, and MPG video, MP3/WMA audio files, or display JPG-format photos

Remote-Media-App-Blu-rayA popular feature on many new blu-ray players is being able to transform your iPhone, iPad or compatible Android phone into a versatile remote with a free download app. It provides you with basic remote control functions, a full QWERTY keyboard, the ability to look for information about the movies being watched on YouTube and other Internet Video services. Even share thoughts with your family and friends via Twitter.



Budget Blu-ray Players

Panasonic DMP-BDT220 Blu-ray Player
KEY FEATURES
• 3D Blu-ray Disc™ Full HD 1080p
• Online entertainment access
• Built-in Wi-Fi
• DLNA Certified
• Smartphone remote control

REGULAR PRICE: $149.99
BEST PRICE: $99.99

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The Panasonic DMP-BDT220 is a fast, full-featured Blu-ray player that’s nicely priced
making it the best Blu-ray value of 2012. Has built-in Wi-Fi, tons of streaming-media apps,
3D compatibility, and a simple user interface.


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Sony BDP-S390 Blu-ray Player
KEY FEATURES
• Blu-ray Disc™ Full HD 1080p
• Sony Entertainment Network
• Built-in Wi-Fi
• DLNA Certified
• Socialize™

REGULAR PRICE: $129.99
BEST PRICE: $98.75

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Enjoy Full HD 1080p Blu-ray Disc playback and your favorites from Netflix, Youtube, Pandora, Hulu Plus and more with the Sony BDP-S390 Blu-ray Disc Player. Wirelessly stream movies, TV shows, music and more, for an ultimate movie watching experience. Easily navigate and control your entertainment experience with your iPad/iPhone, or compatible Android phone using the free Sony “Media remote” app.


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LG BP620 Blu-ray Player
KEY FEATURES
• 3D Blu-ray Disc™ Full HD 1080p
• Stream Content
• Built-in Wi-Fi
• Download Apps
• Simplink

REGULAR PRICE: $149.99
BEST PRICE: $99.99

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What good is all the entertainment in the world if you can’t find what you want quickly and easily? An intuitive easy way to access limitless content, thousands of movies, customizable apps, and videos all organized in a simple to use interface. The LG Smart TV experience, the next generation in entertainment organized within a simple interface.


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Tips For Choosing a Blu-ray player:

Cost: Even the cheapest Blu-ray Player will playback Blu-ray Discs at Full HD 1080p video resolutions. Providing you with the same excellent image quality as the more expensive ones. If you don’t care about extra features and just want to watch movies, opt out for the basic models; it will save you lot of money.

Online Streaming: Most streaming services are not free. You have to pay if you want to watch movies and TV shows from service such as Netflix, Vudu and Amazon. If you don’t have paid subscriptions to streaming services and don’t plan on getting one; then you do not need this option in your player. On the other hand, if you do have a paid subscription or plan on getting one to an online streaming service; make sure your Blu-ray player will provide your access.

Connections: Check your Internet, Video or Audio connections – make sure before you buy your player that you have the proper connections on your HDTV, receiver or any other device you want to connect to the Blu-ray player. Getting the connection right will produce the best performance out of your Blu-ray player.

Midrange Blu-ray Players

Samsung BD-E6500 Blu-ray Player
KEY FEATURES
• 3D Blu-ray Disc™ Full HD 1080p
• Smart TV with Samsung Apps
• Built-in Wi-Fi
• AllShare DLNA technology
• Full Web Browser

REGULAR PRICE: $229.99
BEST PRICE: $167.99

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Easily stream your favorite movies and TV shows, download apps, shop online, browse the web,
and update your Facebook and Twitter all on your TV through your Blu-ray player. With Samsung
BD Wise Web, you can watch web-quality videos in high definition on your TV. It automatically
optimizes Internet videos by boosting picture quality so that images are crisp and text is legible.
BD Wise Web can even resize the video ratio so that the edges aren’t cropped off.


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Panasonic DMP-BDT320 Blu-ray Player
KEY FEATURES
• 3D Blu-ray Disc™ Full HD 1080p
• VIERA Connect
• Built-in Wi-Fi
• Smart Eco Sensor
• Slot-in Drive

REGULAR PRICE: $199.99
BEST PRICE: $139.00

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Panasonic’s 2012 Blu-ray Disc players focus on smart home networking, high-quality picture and sound, ease-of-use, eco-efficiency, and sleek design. The BDT-320 is a Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc player that features expanded VIERA Connect functionality, FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) compatibility, and superior sound and image quality. The BDT-320 also includes a new touchscreen remote controller and features a Smart Eco sensor to save energy.


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High-End Blu-ray Players

Oppo BDP-103 Blu-ray Player
KEY FEATURES
• Full HD 3D 1080p/24 playback
• Netflix/VUDU HD streaming support
• Wireless-N networking
• Dual HDMI Inputs/Outputs
• Dual-core Fast Loading

REGULAR PRICE: $499.99
BEST PRICE: $499.99

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The BDP-103 is ready to play most any disc media. Enjoy the latest and greatest with the Blu-ray Disc and Blu-ray 3D formats; watch you your favorite 2D movies in 3D with 2D to 3D conversion (3D television and glasses required to view 3D content). On the Blu-ray front, the BDP-103 also supports BD-Live (Profile 2.0), with Ethernet/wireless networking and a gigabyte of internal storage; and BonusVIEW, which enables picture-in-picture features while the movie plays.


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PlayStation 3 160GB Blu-ray Player
KEY FEATURES
• Full HD 3D 1080p/24 playback
• Netflix streaming support
• Built-in Wi-Fi
• PlayStation Network
• Free Online Gaming

REGULAR PRICE: $269.96
BEST PRICE: $269.96

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Along with a slimmer, sleek design; the new version of Sony’s PlayStation 3 is more energy efficient and comes with a considerable price reduction. With this slimmer design the operation of the system is quieter. All gaming is done in High Definition and has a very easy operating interface. Of course, the PlayStation 3 acts as a 3D Blu-ray Player and upscaling DVD player. It has 160GB of internal memory with built in WI-FI that makes connection to the Internet a breeze. It even has its own internal web Browser and free online gaming service. Add to this an HDMI output with 1080p support and it uses no external power supply.


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3D Technology ChecklistEven the causal observer will notice that 3D is everywhere these days. Whether you are looking at movies, games, TVs, laptops, handhelds or Blu-ray players. Manufacturers are making a conscious effort to make every screen in your household 3D capable by the next few years. Early adopters of this new technology are fully aware of whats is involved and required with 3D. But for those who are still on the fence and have not quite gotten around to the whole idea of 3D, some information may be needed. Mainly, because 3D is not as easy to get used to as other new advances in Home Entertainment. Here is a quick checklist to what you need to get 3D at home.

3D Display Screen
3D Blu-ray Display ScreenA 3D screen is needed, whether it be a 3D HDTV, 3D projector, or 3D computer monitor. These devices will have a great processing capacity then your standard 2D models. Your old TV will not be able to play the new 3D Blu-ray movies or display any type of 3D content.

You will need 3D Glasses
3D-GlassesYou will only see a blurred image when watching 3D content on your TV without glasses. 3D glasses are able to process alternating images by opening and closing shutters on the glasses, one for each eye. When purchasing extra pairs of 3D glasses, make sure they are compatible with your display screen.

3D Source – Blu-ray player
3D-Blu-ray-PlayerA 3D capable Blu-ray Player will have to be purchased. 3D capable Blu-ray Players can play 2D Blu-ray discs, as well as DVDs. Other sources for your 3D content can come from your cable box with a superscription to 3D programming

3D Content
3D Blu-ray MoviesContent will come in the form of a 3D Blu-ray disc (Check out available 3D movies), 3D video game, 3D online streaming movies or 3D broadcast from a cable provider such as ESPN 3D, 3net, special events or pay-per-view/video-on-demand 3D movies.

HDMI Cable
HDMI-CablesHDMI cable is require to connect your source, such as a Blu-ray player, to your display screen. Any HDMI high speed cable will work. Consumer Reports states,”any high-speed HDMI cable is sufficient for sending and receiving 3D video streams.”

Check out “A Few Quick Tips about Enjoying 3D at Home” for more INFO.
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20 Blu-ray Movie Gift Sets – Great Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday Gift Ideas - Blu-ray moviesMovie Box sets have become a tradition during the holidays. They actually they make a great gift anytime of the year. Especially for those difficult to buy for. So if you are wondering what to get your Dad, Brother or Sister this Christmas, make your life a whole lot easier and check out some of these affordable Blu-ray movies. Whether it be anniversary editions (The Sound of Music 45th Anniversary, Citizen Kane 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition), collections (Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume One, Stanley Kubrick: Limited Edition Collection) or a favorite TV miniseries(Planet Earth: Limited Edition, Band of Brothers / The Pacific). Any of these Blu-ray discs box sets would be a welcome delight for anyone on your list.

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