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Topic # 138227 26-Dec-2013 06:59 Send private message

Hi there, just looking for some advice on purchasing a new BD Player. The one I currently have is having a number of issues and needs replacement.

The player will be used for BD discs, dvd's and playing video's off USB flash drive's as well. It takes a fair beating in this house with children and will get used almost daily. 

Any advice on what would be the best pick, up to around the $250 mark.

TIA and Merry Christmas

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  Reply # 957435 26-Dec-2013 09:24 Send private message

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  Reply # 957448 26-Dec-2013 09:51 Send private message

Samsung 6500 seems the cheapest they do with all the smart stuff and would be my choice.




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  Reply # 957457 26-Dec-2013 10:30 Send private message

I would take a look at the BD-F5100, for $49 you can't go wrong.  It will let you stream content from your laptop etc and you can run apps like Netflix, YouTube etc. 






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  Reply # 957499 26-Dec-2013 11:46 Send private message

semigeek: I would take a look at the BD-F5100, for $49 you can't go wrong.  It will let you stream content from your laptop etc and you can run apps like Netflix, YouTube etc. 



Bluray is now at a price point for mass adoption. 

However, I've heard people complaining that all the local video rental stores have closed so they cannot rent them anyway. 





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  Reply # 957650 26-Dec-2013 18:06 Send private message

So there's not much difference between a $50 model, and a $200 model?

I don't need wifi, as my modem sits in the same cabinet as the BD Player.

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  Reply # 957672 26-Dec-2013 20:06 Send private message

semigeek: I would take a look at the BD-F5100, for $49 you can't go wrong.  It will let you stream content from your laptop etc and you can run apps like Netflix, YouTube etc. 




Ive got one of these, and you cant do Netflix or Pandora....the "NZ Firmware" has Youtube, Facebook, Accuweather, and Some other video service. Not sure if you can add/remove apps, or flash to the US firmware to get netflix, but I wouldnt count on it. Anyone know?

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  Reply # 957685 26-Dec-2013 20:52 Send private message

Can you change the timezone to US? 
My BD-5300 is set up for Netflix and a host of other apps




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  Reply # 957694 26-Dec-2013 21:05 Send private message

I've tried changing to us timezone. No joy, apps remain the lame nz ones

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  Reply # 957696 26-Dec-2013 21:09 Send private message

That's a pain.. wonder if its possible to flash US firmware.  





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  Reply # 961315 4-Jan-2014 22:48 Send private message

Are Samsung BD players still region locked for DVDs out of the box? The Sony ones were region free.

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  Reply # 961323 4-Jan-2014 23:03 Send private message

Get a ps3. It has blue ray, has Netflix etc, and also plays games. Your kids will love it.

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