Summary: I have an early production version of this and tested it for a few weeks. It has the best of blu ray and the best of the Roku player - except for one flaw - the idiots forgot to include the wifi capability found on the Roku player. Unless you happen to have an ethernet cable at your AV cabinet, I would pass on this until they figure out how to squeeze a $15 wifi module into the player.
Summary: I was waiting for prices to drop on Blu Ray DVD players, but alas I could not wait and purchased the LG BD300 with Netflix streaming. So far I am very pleased with the player. The upscaling on this player seems to be better than my previous LG DVD player that upscaled. I have not played many Blu Ray disks on this player, but the ones I have played without skipping and seemed to load up pretty fast.
Summary: I bought this player to see if Netflix could be an alternative to cable television movie services. At my TV, I have a coaxial and an ethernet connection, the latter attached to a router. I could not get the item to work through the router, despite talking with Netflix and LG CSRs. It did work when I connected the ethernet directly to my cable modem.
Summary: I've had my BD300 for 2 weeks now an am quite satisfied. Setup was easy and it downloaded a firmware update as soon as it was connected to my network. Blueray is quite good...not the best I've seen but still quite good. Netflix quality is exceptional...very near DVD quality or better. I am on comcast cable and have had very good netflix quality with only one exception so far. One movie started in sub-vcr quality..
Great for Blu-Ray but missing WiFi and Netflix is not great
Scott F. Schramm "scottinaboat", Amazon
30 December 2008
Summary: The quality of the Blu-Ray disks are great when played back and have played regular DVD's and they are much improved over our older player. As with most any Blu-Ray, you will notice not only the improvement in video but was not expecting such a dramtic increase in sound. I wish we could be more flexible in placement of the unit, but are stuck getting it close to the router as it needs an ethernet connection.
Summary: I got this for Christmas 2008. Almost returned it until I read further along in these reviews. I could NOT get it to update and that is MANDATORY before it will go online to Netflix. I downloaded them manually and did the upgrade by USB flash drive thinking that would fix the network problem. It didn't. So I read in here that the box has problems with DIR-655 router and the latest firmware on it.
Summary: I, too, had trouble getting the product to access the internet through a Verizon FiOs Actiontec router. However, I didn't want to reset the router, as other reviewers have suggested, for fear of messing up my home network. After connecting the BD300, I logged into my router, and saw that the router had assigned a local IP address to the BD300. I tried a ping test, but this was unsuccessful with the BD300 in Dynamic IP mode.
Summary: Nice player, does what is advertised: Netflix streaming is great, and both standard DVDs and Blu-ray disks look wonderful. I had thought briefly that this player could play other region disks, but it can't. With luck, someone will figure out (as they did for the BD200) how to work around this, so that those of us who buy disks from other regions can play them on it as well.
Summary: Just got the BD300 last night. Overall, it's a great unit. However, I still can't get connected to Netflix. Let me start by saying that the picture quality is terrific. I have it connected to my 26 inch Sony Wega LCD (a bigger TV is on my Christmas list) via component cables and digital coaxial for audio. Everything is running through my Onkyo receiver. I'm getting 1080i with full digital audio, and it is fantastic.
Summary: I give this item a 4/5 instead of a perfect 5/5 because it lacks wireless ability. However, its streamlined inclusion of Netflix is wonderful, easy to use, and sets up without a hitch. Good assortment of connections on the back (component video, HDMI, optical audio, ethernet, etc.) Streamed quality is full DVD quality (I have a 42" Samsung plasma HDTV) and audio is crystal clear via an optical cable to my Bose 2.1 system.