Rated 5 out of 5 by DiDahDit Easy to Set-Up, Easy to Use: Flawless!
Installation: Unbox, connect HDMI, connect power, turn on, follow on-screen instructions. (Tip: First thing you should do is update the software during set-up of any electronics; this Blu-Ray updated in under 2 minutes.) I use password-protected WiFi; all I had to do was input my network name and password when prompted. From the time I opened the box to the time I was online was well under 20 minutes.
Sony Entertainment Network: I got this to access and share YouTube with visitors on TV. Neither the box nor the online reviews prepared me for the large number and variety of services offered!
Miracast: I have a Droid Razr Mini Android phone. The Sony Blu-Ray "mirror" function works flawlessly with my phone.
"Quickstart Feature": I had to turn this feature off to use the automatic function of an HDMI hub/switcher. With Quickstart, you're ready to use it in 2 seconds; without Quickstart, you're ready within 6 seconds, which is still faster than I can grab another remote (for the HDMI hub).
Durability? I've only had this for a month. However, I've got a Sony radio and a Sony Vaio laptop, both of which are still working perfectly despite being over 16 years old. I assume
August 31, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by SJOHNSON Wi-fi DOES NOT WORK! DOES NOT WORK AS ADVERTISED!
I am a fool. I bought (3) of these SONY Blu-ray WI-Fi disc players because the packaging said in addition to playing Blu-ray DVD's, they were Wi-Fi capable and I would be able to stream movies and obtain other video content from the Web. That is absolutely not true. I thought the machine was broken, or I had a poor internet connection. All of this was thoroughly checked by an electronics professional. I investigated this model on the internet (which I should have done before I purchased) and found that there was an error in SONY's programming, as well as other problems with this DVD player and that it is not capable of connecting to the internet. By the time I realized the real issue, it was too late to return them. I feel like a fool for having purchased 3 (all purchased to upgrade my current DVD players). I thought SONY was a reputable company. I will NEVER buy a SONY product again. I wasn't even going to bother rating this product, but I didn't want other consumers to waste their money. The machine plays DVDs--but that is all it is capable of doing.
September 27, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by StarTrekFan Like it except for rewind
My son took his PS3 to college, so we finally had to use something else to watch Blu-Ray DVD's and Netflix. A friend loaned us their Apple TV to try it out. Pretty sweet, liked how easy it was to watch Netflix. But alas, no DVD-watching with that. So we bought this Sony Blu-ray Disc player. We got the Wi-Fi one just because, maybe in the future it will come in handy. But we do plug it in with a wire just to be sure of no signal loss.
Anyway, we like it a lot, except for one thing: when you rewind to go back a few seconds because you just didn't hear one word or phrase while watching Netflix, it does this thing where it sort of reloads, screen goes slightly dark, and there is a circle in the middle that loads up, saying "99%", and it takes maybe three seconds to load and make the screen bright again, but three seconds seems like an eternity, so that we don't appreciate.
September 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by plwyman Amazing bang for your buck!
Features and speed keep improving on all BDP's and the cost keeps coming down; what's not to like? I mostly just use the basic features on this Sony player for watching DVD's and BDP's. It loads fast, the picture quality is fine, and the menus are straightforward, attractive, and easy to navigate. At this price point that's about all one might expect. But the Sony does it with such finesse. I also love the small footprint and streamlined case. It can fit almost anywhere.
Since I also have a Sony TV one remote manages both units. This helps with remote table clutter. The TV also auto selects the BDP whenever it's on; little things sometimes help a lot. I know the player can stream content, as well, but my Sony TV does all that with ease so there's no need for me to link at the moment except for firmware downloads or additional blu-ray content.
Overall, I think today's electronics provide incredibly advanced function but the Sony products have the edge on appearance, style, and integration. I'd recommend them to anyone especially if you're on a tight budget. Lots of bang for your buck with these Sony product lines!
September 26, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Krustylove Piece of junk
The brand name Sony is not what is use to be! This Sony Blu-ray Disc player is a big disappointment, I would give it zero stars if that was an option! The player squeaks and squeals when being used with DVD's-the noise is atrocious and provokes anxiety instead of relaxation. Furthermore, I bought the player from Frys and had to beg and plead for them to exchange it (as I threw the box away-so confident that Sony was still a quality brand name) even thou the receipt clearly showed that I had only bought it two days before bringing it back they gave me a hassle bringing it back with out the box. The replacment Blu-ray player still makes the squealing noises-just intermittently instead of on every DVD like the previous one did. I recently watched the DVD "Gravity" and could hardly stand the squealing noises that accompanied it-I'm sure the sound engineers who made this movie would have been horrified! Another huge aggravation is that this DVD player intermittently signs me out of my Netflixs account, and I have to stop everything and manually enter my email address and hunt down my password. This Blu-ray player also takes a long time to connect to the internet. I feel buyers remorse as I have wasted my money on a substandard product.
September 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by revik Does exactly what I wanted it to do.
My previous Blu-ray disc player was equipped with Wi-Fi but was unreliable at best. This basic player (meaning that it doesn't have 3D capability like most every top of the line offering) is excellent at streaming over a Wi-Fi connection. Also has a feature that allows Blu-ray discs to load MUCH faster than my other two current players. I like it. Does all of the normal disc playing functions well with an abundance of supportive features. There is no panel display so you really have to count on the remote and the on-screen displays to operate.
July 16, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by 5050 Miracast idea sucks.
I had a hard time trying to work with Miracast. I looked in the manual and did everything according to the instructions. I had the app on my iPhone and tried every single app and nothing.
I even called support to help me out and after being on hold for about 15 minutes and a few transfers, a person told me that it doesn't work because the TV (which is a sony also) needs to have Miracast technology as well.
So, both TV and the blu-ray player needs Miracast turned on. My TV doesn't have it, but the blu-ray does. I looked all over the manual and no where does it say both needs it.
It seems to always needs to confirm internet connection and goes through steps. Not too wife friendly.
Other than that, it does what is suppose to do.
September 26, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by edwardsk14 Terrible
Absolutely terrible. Bought this to replace outdated player for better streaming connection to Netflix. Connection was either non-existent or super slow - playing 1 minute and then buffering for 10. Spent over 5 hours making adjustments based on Sony site, forums, etc. and finally gave up and put back the 6 year old player that I had intended for this to replace.
August 18, 2014