Summary: I received the players as a gift for Christmas one year. We've had it for about 2 years now. The interface is poor at best and the included programs are awful(Netflix, Pandora). This is really fine as we just use our Nintendo WII for most streaming tasks. Recently our player has stopped playing Blu-Ray discs. We put the disc into the player, it attempts to read it for a few minutes, then spits it back out. DVDs still work, but all Blu-Ray discs are a no-go now.
Summary: It works okay, but the apps are very lackluster. The netflix app in particular is very slow making it difficult to navigate. One of the things that make it slow as well is the responsiveness of the remote. Try searching a title by typing it in? It takes forever. Plays bluray and DVD good, but because of the apps I would not purchase again...
Excerpt: I was looking for a decent Blu-Ray player that didn't cost a lot of money and settled on the LG BD550 player. Overall this machine does have most everything though it does not have wireless built in, nor does it have 3d support. It does allow you to get Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, and Picasso streamed directly from the internet with a wired connection. You can also get an optional wireless adapter to connect without running cables to it.
Summary: Blue-Ray DVD device didn't have subtitle English from disk with CC. No matter device has setting for it but it was not working. I was very disappointed with it. I notice device is discontinued. It is not fair for me not able to view movie or film without closed captioning. Waste my money and angry.
Summary: We purchased this Blu-ray player and had it for approx. 60 days before deciding to send it back due to it's on going issues with Netflix streaming. Some videos would stream, others it would completely lock up during the retrieving process where you couldn't do anything with it except unplug and reboot the system again. We tried the same videos that caused the LG to lock up on our Wii and they would stream fine.
Terrible design if you are planning to use wireless
D. Bolar, Amazon
11 July 2011
Summary: There is only one USB port on the unit to plug in the wireless adapter and it is on the FRONT of the unit. This causes the adapter to stick out 2-3 inches from the face of the unit and obstructs access to the power button. I have used many previous LG players and have been very happy with the simple menus and controls, but because of this design flaw, I cannot use this player.
Pros: Blue-ray and standard DVD play fine. Wifi is awesome for connecting to DLNA compatible NAS.
Cons: NETFLIX's INTERFACE SUCKS. For example.. So someone tells you a movie is now available on Netflix to "watch now". Great, let's watch it. Oh wait, there is no search option and it isn't in the preselected genre menus which are limited to 75 movies each
Summary: I cannot recommend this item for purchase. The LG BD550 has a flaw in the unit where it has difficulty streaming video. If you are looking to subscribe to Netflix, VUDU, etc. look for another unit. I am technically proficient and spent several hours (including a very slow firmware update session) trying to resolve the problem. It had a dedicated cable modem internet connection with excellent bandwidth. LG support blames Netflix.
Summary: The BD550 (bought for Netflix instant and didn't get the wireless because I had a bridge and streaming better on ethernet) is a great bargain and easy to set up. However, I have had a weird problem with Netflix. On certain shows, the machine will power off when loading or in the first minute of streaming. When I power back on and try to reload, it will power off at the precise same point.
Summary: I'm an LG fan - have two LG TV's and a BD370 that I am real pleased with. Got the BD550 to work on TV 1 and move the older BD370 to TV2. Unit ships with 1080i as the default resolution, and when it is changed to 1080p the display pops, flashes and eventually the unit powers off. 1080p with the older BD370 works fine on TV1, but not with the BD550, so I know it's not a TV or cable problem.