Summary: I have had this player for over a year, perhaps two. I no longer am sure when or for how much I bough it. It has been a very reliable electronic appliance for my family. We use it mainly for the "Home-Link" feature -- LG's name for LAN-based digital media sharing. I run a Windows Server 2008 R2 domain at home, and have a dedicated RAID with redundancy for my video library.
Pros: Connects to Windows SMD/CIFS Shares, WIFI, Attractive Design, Simpilink works with current LG TV, Plays majority of Digital File formats: MP4, MKV...
Cons: Netflix App has no search function, Some titles in Netflix app are slow to resolve to HD, and may need up to 5 minutes to eliminate jerky motion.
Great Player, Broadband Only for Network Capibilities
Obsidian "Obsidian", Amazon
6 December 2010
Summary: I purchased this through Amazon over 6 months ago. For the first 4 months I only used the network features of this unit, they worked so well I didn't need to put an optical disc in the player. After using the optical drive I feel I can finally give this a realistic review. If you have a slow internet connection this player is NOT going to work for you when playing anything over the internet.
Solid hardware, software / interface is a lacking...
East Bay J, Amazon
1 December 2010
Summary: This item inspired me to write my first review. I purchased blu-ray player when Microsoft decided to 'upgrade' the software on my xbox 360, which broke my ability to playback high definition (1080) mp4 files smoothly. My primary use for this blu-ray player is for playback of video files using a DLNA server, specifically the Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 - 2 TB Network Attached Storage 34481 (Black) .
Blu-Ray is great - but for me it's all about the networking!
David Becker "dibaz", Amazon
23 November 2010
Summary: I'm very pleased with the BD-570 overall. I hadn't planned on buying a Blu-Ray player - standard DVDs look very good played through my upconverting Sony DVD player to my 60" HD TV. Then, about 6 months ago, we dropped HBO and replaced it with a Netflix subscription. We watched a few Netflix DVDs, and then I started watching Netflix content on my computer using their terrific network streaming.
Summary: I bought this Blueray player under the expectation that it would be hard to setup based on other reviews. Much to my surprise, it was much easier than others had explained it would be. Sure, you have to set the picture quality to 1080p instead of 1080i but that was unbelievably easy to find and change. Some had said that it was somewhat difficult to setup the wireless capabilities but that wasn't anything frustrating either.
Summary: I ordered a BD570 from Amazon a few weeks ago. The BD570 I bought was used (so I save 10 bucks) but it looks and just like new. And to further strengthen my review, I want to let you know that I own 2 BD570's. I bought one from HHGregg and one from Amazon. As soon as received my product, I updated the product through Wifi. As of the writing of this review, the latest update included the addon of Divx TV--which is internet tv for free. Very nice. What's my take?
Summary: Starting with the shortcomings: Poor documentation -- does not address or explain playlist use for example. Menu navigation is not intuitive and clunky. Didn't care for the DLNA software (Nero) which is not needed with my Win 7 PC. Can not use playlists with USB flash & external drives, otherwise music and videos play well through USB. Curiously, playlists work well (after you figure them out) through the DLNA server (your PC).
Summary: Having reviewed previous LG Blu-ray players, including the vaunted BD390 , our expectations for the BD570 were pretty high and happily, LG does not disappoint. While some of LG's competitors (notably Pioneer and Sharp), think audio/video performance is the only thing that matters, LG embraces the idea that convenience and choice of media and distribution format are also important to many consumers.
Summary: I have been waiting for this to come out for a few weeks now (seems like longer). I am tired of using stereo cables and s-video to connect my laptop to my TV every time I want to watch something from my computer. I looked for other "home media server" options originally, and ultimately found a Samsung product similar to this one. It seemed great at first, but after reading some reviews I was skeptical.
Excerpt: The LG BD570 Blu-ray player is a budget model, but has many great features along with a sleek, stylish design. It's main competitor is the Sony BDP-S370 which is in the same price range and has similar features. In our tests the LG's design came up tops, ever so slightly, due to its slim body and minimal appearance. Once we delved into the features, the LG BD570 impressed with its connectivity at the front, under the flap.
Pros: Sleek stylish design Loads of great features Good detailed images Great budget price