Summary: I bought this player in June, I did not get a 1080p tv until Dec. The player plays my regular dvd's fine but when I tried a couple of blue ray discs I discovered. 1.The third Pirates Of The Carribien movie would only play the previews and the bonus disc, and 2.The third Resident Evil movie will not play at all. I called Phillips customer care and they sent me another player ( this took 10 days ). The replacement acted exactly the same as the first.
Summary: For the money, I am pretty disappointed that this player will not play some discs. The discs are brand new, but shows like Weeds simply will not play. I signed up for Blockbuster to get blue-ray discs in the mail, but canceled the membership when the admittedly roughly handled discs would skip or lock up. Very unsatisfied.
Summary: All current Blu-ray players are not capable of firmware upgrades, BR players are not capable of of a lot of special features that HD-DVD is capable of, look at the announcement of the HD-DVD for Blood Diamond and compare it to the BR version. BR players are not worth it right now, starting in Nov BR players will have online and will be able to compete better with HD-DVD.