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4.0 out of 5 stars Bought mainly for Netflix, 11 July 2014
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I bought this Blu-ray player mainly for three reasons:

1) It's cheap
2) It allows access to Netflix
3) It also features what seems to be a reasonable Blu-ray player (which is something I've been meaning to get around to acquiring for years but have never had a particularly persuasive reason to do so - before wanting Netflix that is).

Annoyingly my so-called 'smart TV' (a Sony Bravia a couple of years old) isn't that smart after all and does not support Netflix (although maddeningly offers swathes of lame online content channels that you've never heard of - with good reason no doubt). So it was with some irritation that I had to look for alternative means to get it which led me to look into 'smart' Bluray players. I ended up choosing this model as it seems to be similarly specified to a couple of other of makes at this price point and I generally trust the Sony brand (despite the annoying omission of Netflix on my 'old' Sony telly!).

Anyway, set up was very straight forward. I plugged the ethernet cable plugged into our home plug (a TP-Link TL-PA6030KIT AV600 Gigabit Powerline Adapter with 3 Ports Starter Kit (600 Mbps, Multiple HD Streams and No Configuration Required) - 2 Units Pack - originally plugged directly into the TV - into the ethernet port in the Bluray player. Then plugged a HDMI cable from the player into an available HDMI port in the TV. Once the power is turned on t prompts you to do a software update then, after a few minutes, you are taken to the homescreen and - voila - Netlix (plus other internet streaming providers e.g. Amazon) are displayed ready to be clicked on via the rather cheap-but-effective supplied remote control. However the disappointing remote does nevertheless feature a dedicated and easily identifiable Netflix button which makes access to the service even more straight-forward (and presumably Sony and Netflix must have made some special deal to integrate their products so seamlessly). For someone who specifically bought the player for the Netflix access (as opposed to any particular need for a Blu-ray player) this was particularly welcome.

As it turns out I have found the Netflix service first-rate, intuitive and convenient to use but I felt moved to write this review mainly as a comment on Sony's player being such an impressive conduit in enabling access to it. While I am still a little browned off that Sony didn't see fit to include the feature on my Bravia TV (why Sony?) this player represents exceptional value despite being lacking in some features and I can recommend it without hesitation to those wanting a basic yet good quality player that also has the added benefit of providing easy online content access. Just remember to purchase a HDMI and ethernet cable if you haven't already (and remember that Netflix, Amazon etc are subscription based services - unlike Freeview, of which there is also access to content too e.g. iPlayer, 4Od etc)

Recommended.
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