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:
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
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
TV Shows, Movies, Music
& Videos – When You Want It
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
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.
The Best For Your Home
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.
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.
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
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.
Common file types supported: AVI, MKV, WMV, MP4, and MPG video, MP3/WMA audio files, or display JPG-format photos
A 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.
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High-End Blu-ray Players
Even 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.
A 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 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.
A 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
Content 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 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.”
Movie 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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