Sony Blu-ray Disc™ player with Wi-Fi®
Excellent - far surpasses competition
BEST smart device I've ever used. Superior to a pricy samsung smart 3d 60" tv that my parents just bought, superior to the mid-range Panasonic smart blu ray player (2013 model) that I bought a month ago.
By comparison between the two blu ray players I own, the Panasonic has lots of performance issues and instability in it's smart internet tools such as netflix and youtube, often to the point of youtube simply not working, and netflix will sometimes continue playing after attempts to pause/play/pause/play without any response from the unit. I've even powered off the panasonic by remote, watched it's power light turn off, while it keeps on delivering the same netflix show to the tv!
The sony BDP-S3200 on the other hand is MUCH more responsive in every way in the user interface, has vastly superior netflix support (also more secure as it doesn't show any show tiles underneath the profile chooser, where the panasonic unit DOES show it - not kid safe at all), has a great working youtube system and dozens of other excellent FREE online services such as the excellent CRACKLE vintage movie/tv player which is 100% free (but shows modern commercials at random times).
I haven't even tried it with a blu ray disc yet but the performance with dvd and all streaming formats is exceptional and reliable. I'm in Canada so the supposed issues with Amazon support missing aren't relevant to me, and I don't intend to pay for more than my existing netflix subscription anyhow with all of these great free options included with this player.
Also the sideview system with my android phone is cool so far if not of the greatest value (probably much better with a sony tv than blu ray player).
Finally the DLNA content from my android phone is MUCH better than on the buggy but more mature panasonic product. DLNA on the panasonic needs you to navigate menus into a specific area and then glitches on many sources such as many cellphone videos that are longer than a few seconds. On this sony blu ray player the DLNA support is always available - I don't need to navigate anywhere - and it so far has worked flawlessly with my android phone!
I paid $30 more for this brand new sony player than for the panasonic player which I only bought a month earlier and I'm now relegating the panasonic unit to the kids room for disc and sometime netflix duty... this sony 3200 blu ray player has now become the centerpiece of our living room home entertainment system!
March 4, 2014
no amazon prime streaming
I purchased the s3200 yesterday (2/19/14) @ Best Buy and Amazon Prime streaming is NOT available as advertised on the box!
February 20, 2014