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10-19-2012, 07:46 PM
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Bluray player which can stream + browser

Thought I'd pick up a streaming box but also remembered that the DVD player broke so now's a good time to buy this. Basically looking for a good bluray player which has wifi and can stream Netflix/Youtube/Hulu if possible but more importantly, can stream flash streams like live TV channels or an official video of a full show up on some station like CBC or Global etc (this is in Canada).

I know a PS3 can play blu rays and can have netflix and youtube but the browser built into it just is not that good for streaming flash videos or even something like 1channel because it's fairly laggy. Though the media server is terrific but I think that option exists in blu ray players as well. I don't really care if it has 3D TV...I'm not really a fan of 3D TV.

Also can someone in Canada recommend a good place to purchase from in terms of returning if I simply don't like the product because it doesn't stream well? Future Shop, BB, or 2001 Audio/Video?

I know Costco has a great return policy as well but they don't seem to carry much variety and often older models.

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I have this one.

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-NSZ-GT1-W...eywords=nsz+gt

It streams, has a full browser with flash support, and has 3d with a firmware update.

The biggest negative is the inability for it to accept a universal remote.

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^ I'm not too picky so the remote thing isn't a big deal though obviously a bonus if you can use an android phone as the remote or use an old keyboard lying around;

That one is interesting since it has GoogleTV but I don't think they sell it in Canada.

The streaming from internet without choppiness is the most important thing, now that I think about it, I'm certainly not gonna be subscribing to NHL Gamecentre for this upcoming season so probably gonna use online streams. Though this is mainly for family use, I'm fine with watching hockey on a laptop.

Btw these are all wifi right? There isn't any option where it has an ethernet outlet directly in the back?

Few I saw:
Sony
http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/produ...f28e1c4019en02

Samsung:
http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/produ...25cc239d9aen02

Panasonic:
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/...f28d7d9c03en02

From what I can tell, the 3D ones are all more expensive and since that's a feature I don't need, should go for the non-3D ones, hopefully their network card is just as good in terms of streaming.

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Far as I can tell all 3 of those have ethernet. But unless you have serious issues with WiFi in your home/area, then wireless should be just fine. The throughput available on even G is still faster than whatever you are streaming.

But to me the bigger issue is how much processing power your player has. Something like my Sony has an Intel Atom in it so its basically a computer.

But some of the cheaper $50-$75 blurays don't have that same power. So browsing isn't as pleasant. I also have a Sony BX58, which was around $50 and browsing on it is simply awful. It does fine with the built in apps but web sucks.

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From what I've read/seen, LG BD players with the built in browser seem to work the best, I remember the price tag being around 170-190 ish, can't recall the model...

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After researching a bit more, think I'll go with this one:
http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/produ...f28e1c4019en02

There's a $120 model without 3D and a $150 model with 3D (don't see any advantage to the 3D one outside of 3D so gonna get the other probably).

There's an excellent Panasonic one in that range but it has no built in we-browser. I believe recent Samsung ones have that plus Sony. Will have to test it out though, the browser in the PS3 from Sony gives lag or slow loading times when watching online vids and would probably be useless for watching streamed sports.

EDIT: The browser from the Sony bds780 which is a newer 3D version of this has a browser which does NOT support flash streams therefore I'm guessing this one doesn't either which kinda sucks. PS3 browser strangely does support them despite being older. So think I'm gonna have to go with a cheap blu-ray player plus media box that has flash stream browsing.

However this Samsung player claims that it DOES include flash browsing however it doesn't have a browser according to this site? Confused http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/produ.../10197786.aspx


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^ I'm not too picky so the remote thing isn't a big deal though obviously a bonus if you can use an android phone as the remote or use an old keyboard lying around;

That one is interesting since it has GoogleTV but I don't think they sell it in Canada.

The streaming from internet without choppiness is the most important thing, now that I think about it, I'm certainly not gonna be subscribing to NHL Gamecentre for this upcoming season so probably gonna use online streams. Though this is mainly for family use, I'm fine with watching hockey on a laptop.

Btw these are all wifi right? There isn't any option where it has an ethernet outlet directly in the back?

Few I saw:
Sony
http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/produ...f28e1c4019en02

Samsung:
http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/produ...25cc239d9aen02

Panasonic:
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/...f28d7d9c03en02

From what I can tell, the 3D ones are all more expensive and since that's a feature I don't need, should go for the non-3D ones, hopefully their network card is just as good in terms of streaming.
I believe I have the same one as the Sony one you have pictured there. I can't complain about it at all. Netflix and Youtube work fine. Never tried 1channel or the browser on it though, as I just hook my laptop up to my tv when I do that.

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