You Can Get a Sony 3D Blu-ray Player For Just 98 148 Bucks

A Blu-ray player for under a hundred bucks is a pretty good deal. A 3D-ready Blu-ray player from a reputable manufacturer for $98 with bulit-in Wi-Fi, Netflix, Amazon VOD, and Pandora support? That's just nuts. But that's what the Sony BDP-S570 is going for over at Dell, a full $150 off suggested retail. Even if you… » 12/30/10 4:20pm 12/30/10 4:20pm

The Cheapest 3D Blu-ray Player Costs Just $140

I hear you. You've just spent over a grand on a 3DTV, $400 getting enough glasses for the whole family, and you still need a Blu-ray player for all those 3D films. Samsung's C5900 is now the cheapest, at $140. » 10/20/10 4:00am 10/20/10 4:00am

HDCP Copy Protection Unlocked by 'Master Key'

HDCP, the copy protection intended to keep HDMI-beamed content on lockdown, was recently cracked. The new "master key" might not be very useful to John Q. Gizmo, but it will keep torrenters frustrating the hell out of the MPAA. [Rudd-O] » 9/14/10 8:40pm 9/14/10 8:40pm

Panasonic Adds Netflix To Viera Cast HDTVs and Blu-Ray Players

Panasonic has finally added Netflix, that most enjoyable and effective of time wasters, to VIERA CAST-enabled HDTVs and Blu-ray disc players. It joins Skype, Twitter, Pandora, and the other usual suspects. Fortunately (or unfortunately, if you have a lot of stuff to get done), a boatload of new movies from Paramount,… » 9/10/10 8:45am 9/10/10 8:45am

Sony's BDP-S770 Player Takes Blu-Ray Into the Third Dimension

Remember when you thought your new Sony Blu-ray player was the bees' knees? Well now Sony has a 3D Blu-ray player (and accompanying 5.1 channel speaker system). Don't worry, though, there's a 3D firmware upgrade for your old BDP. » 6/09/10 2:35pm 6/09/10 2:35pm

The Best $250 Blu-ray Players, Reviewed

I've argued that a Blu-ray player could soon be your only set-top box. These $200-$250 models, the four fullest-featured you're likely to buy, all strive to be Swiss Army-like in their utility, but only one comes closest to the promise. » 5/13/10 10:00am 5/13/10 10:00am

LG BD590 Is the First Blu-ray Player With an Integrated Hard Drive

You'd be forgiven for making the jump from "LG's new Blu-ray player has a hard drive" to "LG's new Blu-ray player can rip and store your movies," but you'd definitely be wrong. Still, the BD590 has its charms. » 1/06/10 11:40am 1/06/10 11:40am

Blu-ray Is Killing Itself

I love a good high-def movie, and Blu-ray players are sweet. Only they're so feature rich, the discs themselves are an afterthought—DOA or relegated to a niche format reserved for the finest films. » 5/15/09 2:00pm 5/15/09 2:00pm

Denon's DBP-2010CI and DBP-1610CI Blu-ray Players: Pay More for Less

Denon's DBP-2010CI and DBP-1610CI Blu-ray players are made with high-end components, but at $700 and $500 respectively, they are missing perks found in much cheaper players. » 5/11/09 2:30pm 5/11/09 2:30pm

Harman Kardon Jumps on the Blu-ray Player Bandwagon

Known mostly for its lavish—and expensive—home theater gadgets, Harmon Kardon will be releasing its first Blu-ray player, the BDP 10, sometime in May for $940. » 5/08/09 9:30pm 5/08/09 9:30pm

Blu-ray Cheaper and More Popular, But Still Confusing To Most People

The gadget-sale tracking NPD says Blu-ray sales were up 72% from a year before, while dollars earned were up just 14% (players are getting cheaper)—yet most people still don't really know what Blu-ray is. » 5/06/09 8:42pm 5/06/09 8:42pm

Samsung's Sleek BD-P4600 Blu-ray Player Lightning Review

The Gadget: Samsung's startlingly thin BD-P4600 "Touch of Color" connected Blu-ray player—geared to a style-conscious buyer who likes hanging electronics on walls. » 5/01/09 5:20pm 5/01/09 5:20pm

Samsung BD-P3600/P4600: Super-Slim, Wall-Friendly Blu-ray Decks

Samsung's latest two BD-Live Blu-ray decks are design conscious to the max-one is a wall-mountable 1.5-inches thin (BD-P4600) and the other is a low-profile, sleek tabletop deck (BD-P3600), and both stream Netflix and Pandora. » 1/07/09 5:00pm 1/07/09 5:00pm

Samsung Blu-Ray Players Now Come With Netflix Streaming

The latest to join the Netflix streaming crowd » 10/23/08 2:00am 10/23/08 2:00am, Samsung Blu-Ray player users can now download a free update for Internet movie watching. The first Samsung players that will definitely support Netflix are the BD-P2500 and the BD-P2550. Netflix members can have their PC queues automatically displayed on Samsung's…

Panasonic Drops Sleeker DMP-BD35 & DMP-BD55 Blu-ray Decks

We just saw the DMP-BD50 a few months back » 8/28/08 8:39am 8/28/08 8:39am, but now at IFA Panasonic has made official two new BD-Live 2.0-compatible players, the BD35 and BD55. The only discernible difference between the two, at the moment, is the BD55 supports analog 7.1 channel audio output. On top of that, they both share a slimmed-down chassis…

NEC Packs All Blu-ray Functions on Single Chip, Smaller Players to Come

The EMMA 3PF is the first large-scale integration (LSI) chip to pack all of the necessary Blu-ray controllers onto a single piece of silicon. The new chip performs all audio and video decoding, analog to digital conversions, and HDMI output. It supports the Blu-ray 2.0 profile and will start shipping in September… » 8/04/08 11:00am 8/04/08 11:00am

Sharp Announces BD-HP20S Blu-ray Player with Quick Start and HDMI 1.3

Finally, someone has figured out it might be a good idea to have a Blu-ray player that starts playing right when you put the disc inside, and that manufacturer happens to be Sharp with its BD-HP20S. The company wasn't specific about how fast that "Qucik Start" capability will be, but did say that you'd see a picture… » 7/06/07 10:01am 7/06/07 10:01am