Summary: The unit does everything promised, the biggest shortcoming is on Amazon's end. They still have not made this machine compatible with amazon prime service. This seems a problem with early adoption of technology in general. LG and Amazon need to sort this out, otherwise this machine is outdated immediately.
IF Basic DVD's Is The Rule Over Exception Right Now; DON'T RISK A FIRMWARE UPDATE!! (UPDATED, 8-12-11)
Derwin White "DKW Music", Amazon
30 June 2011
Summary: LG BD590 250GB HD Network Blu-ray Disc Player The unit itself exceeds ALL expectations, and does MORE than I'll EVER need it to do. The ONLY caveat is, that doing a downloaded Firmware update (the 4-11 version from LG BD-590 "Support" page) messed up MY unit for playing back regular DVD movies, and doing ANY kind of "Re-Set" on the unit via the manual's instructions, does NOT affect the installed update!!
Summary: I'm no Blu-Ray expert. This is my first player, and so, while I'm floored by the picture quality (even in how it upscales my DVDs -- I mean the menus even look fantastic), there are some minor drawbacks I feel people should know about. Granted, I'm still very satisfied with the player, but I've also seen issues that might be deal breakers for other people: 1. Absolutely NO input ports.
An Endless series of problems... Won't play Blu Rays!
Garan Grey "Garan Grey", Amazon
31 March 2011
Summary: I thought I would be in good shape getting LG's top of the line TV and BRP, but no... And just four months later they have newer models out.. DON"T buy it! This unit is far too much trouble. I got this with an LG 47LE8500 just before Christmas. Both are disappointments. Picture quality ranges from nice to no different from standard DVD. Ditto the streaming features, if you can get them to work.
Summary: DVD's look great. Haven't even tried a BD movie yet. Kind of annoying menu's and weird remote, but no big deal. Disc player features are as you would expect. I haven't had any issues there. 'Netcast' feature allows you to watch netflix/vudu/youtube, which is great. Netflix works pretty well, and we have gotten much more out of our netflix account with this machine.
Summary: I bought this player because it was wireless and could connect to the Internet. It also had high reviews. The reasons I hate it is because it is very slow starting and I can not start back where I stopped. I have to go through the slow process all over again. The "menu" system is terrible. I bought my friend a Panasonic and I'm sorry I didn't buy the Panasonic. Her menu system is much better.
Summary: Some of the other reviews talked about network problems. I took it out of the box, plugged it in, turned it on, entered my wireless password and was able to stream movies from my computer wireless through this thing and watch movies from my computer on my TV with no problems. This was the #1 reason I bought this thing. I have not played a blue-ray disc yet. I watched some YouTube videos and watched some Vudu movie previews and they looked good to me.
Summary: This is a very unstable device. I have had two of them and both have had serious issues. I am now shopping to replace the second vowing to NEVER buy an LG product again. The first unit had a power issue. It would turn itself off within 15 second of being turned on. Two trips to LG service and they supposedly could not replicate the issue. They sent it back both times with a note saying nothing was wrong with it.
Summary: I have now had my LG Blu-ray for 3 months and have not been able to watch a single blu-ray disc from start to finish without skip and freeze several times. On-line service was not able to repair even after days of efforts...I was often cut off or disconnected. Eventually I went to calling, this too resulted in more than one disconnect and several days of calling back and some over the phone directions which failed to correct the problem.
Summary: I couldn't believe when I saw this on Amazon for 205.00. My buddy purchased this for 299.00 just 3 weeks ago. This is one great unit.First I ripped over a 100 cd's onto the hard drive to play on demand and the unit downloaded all the artwork for every disk. Second it plays Divx video. I plugged my external hard drive into the usb and it showed all the movies I had ( over 300 ) and played them with ease. Connecting to Netflix was a breeze.