Not region free - if bought in U.S. Does not have same software as UK issue that can change regions
Lynne R. Gregory, Amazon
29 May 2015
Summary: This unit is a total pass in this reviewer' opinion - unit was purchased based on specifics indicating that this player was a region free player. Sony customer service was contacted directly and they indicated that their information showed that it was multi regional but further checking by Sony...
Sony changes Blu-ray standards to make this player obsolete
10 March 2013
Summary: I purchased this player for $350 in 2008. I was fairly happy with it for a number of years, but now I'm not so pleased with it. First, this thing takes an eternity to boot up. To eject the disk from a powered-down player, expect around 8-10 seconds.
buy a laptop (w/ HDMI) and wireless keyboard instead of BDP-S790
9 September 2012
Summary: I actually bought the newer version of this ( BDP-S790 ). I find my laptop does everything better than this machine. Beware of the reviews at Sony, because they don't post the truly negative reviews. Pros: It plays blu-ray discs. Cons: It costs a lot and is slow and clunky and difficult to use.
Summary: I bought this product several years ago. It WAS a great machine and has worked well UNTIL... I got a Pirates of the Caribbean - On Stranger Tides and it wouldn't play on the machine. This is the first disc that the machine wouldn't play. So I took the disk back to the store and got a different disc.
Summary: While it worked it was fantastic. So... close to $500 for a machine that works for a little over a year and a half with only token support. If that sounds good to you, go for it. Actually, it still works to play DVDs and old BlueRays.
Summary: This BDP worked fine until I tried to update the firmware this weekend. I followed the instructions exactly. Made an update disc on my Mac, put the disc in the player and the player locks up. WTF?
Summary: I purchased this here from Amazon on Black Friday. Two years and two months and it's dead! Sony must have planned this somehow? I just can't believe that everyone has the same problem by chance!
Summary: I am very disappointed with this product. I've had it for two years and haven't used it that much. Things seemed to work OK until suddenly it would no longer play blu ray discs. I tried to upgrade the firmware but that failed (the update got stuck displaying "VUP 0/9" even after upgrading it for 8...
Summary: Great player, when it worked. After about 18 months it stopped recognizing Blu-Ray discs. Upgraded the firmware, it didn't help. This is the second time a Sony DVD product stopped working properly for me soon after the warranty expired. I will never buy another Sony DVD or Blu-Ray player again.
Summary: I bought this Blue Ray player, hoping that Sony name still carried some weight when it came to product reliability. Well, was I wrong... As many unhappy customers have mentioned, in only 2 years of very light use (2 movies a month, on average), it stopped playing Blue Ray discs, which was the only...