Summary: I bought this player about 4 months ago, and it's still clicking away without any serious issues. Overall, it has worked pretty well - but there are some quirks in it for sure. I think it will depend on how much they bother you as to whether or not you'll like this player, or want to buy it. So, here is my experience thus far. The Good: - The picture quality is fantastic. No complaints.
Summary: It is a great concept, but there are few minor bugs in the current model. Like when I pause a movie that is streaming, and when I return I have to go through a lot of steps before it will restart. Or gives cryptic error messages like DRM. Also at times very slow to respond to commands. The Netflix option is excellent.
Nice Complementary Blu-Ray Player to my LN40A650 Samsung LCD
R. A. Koenig, Amazon
28 December 2008
Summary: I ordered the BD-P2500 at the same time I ordered the Samsung LN40A650 LCD HDTV from Amazon. Both arrived in excellent shape and setup was a breeze. I have the BD-P2500 connected via a 3' HDMI cable. Picture quality on Blu-Ray discs is exemplary. I was very pleasantly surprised at how well the player up-converts standard DVDs. It does such a good job I may pull out a few old DVDs and watch them again. The Netflix option works great after I did the firmware update.
Summary: Initially tried to connect through my Denon 3505 receiver via component cables that outputs the video to a 65" Mits RPTV. Only a 480p signal was passed through. Had to directly connect the P2500 to the TV for 1080i signal out. This may be only a problem for this configuration and not with HDMI out or HDMI switched through a receiver or component switching by another method.
Firmware automatically updated to latest when connected to internet.
Summary: So far, this unit is working nicely for Netflix streaming. I don't have an HDTV yet, so I don't need bluray capability right now. However, I got this unit to replace my DVD player so I could avoid having another black box and another remote to deal with (as would have been the case if I got a Roku box). Also, when I get an HDTV, I'll be ready with the bluray capability.
Summary: Yes, you have to update the firmware if you want to watch Netflix. You can either connect online (which you would need to stream movies anyway) or use the included cd. We were up and running in 30 minutes (most of that was download time). We love it.
Summary: I bought the Sony Blueray S350. I loved it with NO complaints, but then the next day I heard about the Samsung 2500 with streaming NetFlix. I love Netflix, so I packed up the Sony and waited for Amazon to send out UPS to pick it up for return. The same day I ordered the Samsung with standard shipping. Amazon said it was to arrive in like 7-10 days. Im not in a hurry, and heck its free shipping and no tax. I could not belieive it.
Summary: Very happy with this purchase! I'm glad to see Amazon has them back in stock. I have never had a problem with another seller - but I do prefer Amazon. I got my unit from a local retailer who I had a discount code for. With tax etc. I ended up paying what I would have paid on amazon. Unfortunately amazon now charges tax for us New York residents (not amazon's choice...) I digress.
BD-P2500 a bargin of a blu-ray player if you can pick one up
27 July 2010
Excerpt: "...front that kinda makes the samsung look cheap and plasticy by contrast. but despite been embarrassed in looks in operation it feels almost as solid and well built as the Cambridge audio player. The remote is rather long but space age looking, its very intuitive and with a bit of tweaking you can get it to change your TV volume if you like _performance_ It loads up Blu-rays quite quickly and DVD's even quicker, One thing that will trouble you is ...
Pros: High quailty upscaling on DVD ` s, can be got quite cheap