Really impressed for the price - one year later....NOT SO MUCH!
JD "JD", Amazon
7 February 2010
Summary: After some research I decided on this model mainly due to the price and options available. After purchasing this BD I decided to rejoin Netflix to check out that feature as well as the radio and video services provided. Testing bandwidth while streaming I had a 4.14 MB stream and without Netflix running a 6.69 MB stream (wired). Yes, the Netflix at present at my speed is okay, I do notice a bit a jerky-ness it is not unwatchable.
Summary: I bought this for my husband for Christmas 2009. I decided on this blu-ray model for a few reasons: 1) Capable of streaming not only Netflix, but also Amazon Unbox purchases and rentals, YouTube, and Slacker Radio 2) Video upscaling 3) Sleek design 4) Mostly good reviews on Amazon, minus the few complaining of poor Netflix streaming (which I figured could be fixed with the latest firmware update from Sony) This was our first blu-ray player and my husband was so excited...
Summary: Bottom line: The Blueray is great. Picture quality on a BRAVIA 52 inch and surround sound on a BOSE are incredible! Also the DVD upscaling is fantastic. It really exceeded my expectations. I think the upscaling alone made this a worth while purchase - which is amazing because that is not why I purchased this product! CAUTION: The video streaming using Netflix or whatever is great if you can plug it in directly with a hard wire to your network.
Summary: Reason for this purchase was to watch Netflix movies by pulling stuff from the "Netflix instant movie que". Does a great job on that end. Its like watching a dvd. I haven't tested a blue-ray dvd yet. However, potential buyers should note that ordering this product is the easiest part, getting it up and running could be quite challenging.....lots of passcodes to enter. To watch Netflix movies, you need to register the product both with Sony and Netflix.
Summary: I would have given this 5 stars, but somehow I got the setup wrong and couldn't see a picture when playing blu-ray discs. Turns out there is a setting for 1080p/24 for true 24 fps that was on, but my television doesn't support it. Still not sure if that was the default or not (which would not be a good choice), but either way the support line could not help me. Took me a day to figure it out. Also, as reported by someone else here there can be problems with NetFlix.
Summary: I wanted a Blu-ray player for two main reasons, 1) to watch Netflix on my TV, and 2) to watch Star Trek: The Original Series (Enhanced) on Blu-ray. I returned an LG BD 390 because a stupid icon kept popping up every time an "alternate angle"/enhanced scene appeared during an episode. This was many times during each episode. It's only on the screen for a few seconds, but you can't turn it off.