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4.0 out of 5 stars Strangely fewer features than my year-old Phillips Blu-Ray!, 20 May 2012
This review is from: Sony BDPS390 SMART Wi-Fi Blu-ray Player (Electronics)
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I chose this from Vine thinking that it would do things that my current player would not. I haven't yet tried everything, but there are some features I don't expect I ever will.

I like the idea of wireless connection to my router. I can also use it cabled.

I like the idea of playing upscaled DVDs as well as Blu Ray, but the Amazon-supplied model is limited to Region 2 (DVD) and B (Blu Ray). This means that I cannot play any of my Region 1 DVDs. My Phillips player will. Score 1-0 to Phillips.

I like the idea of being able to browse the internet on the Sony. The Phillips doesn't. Score 1-0 to Sony. Having said that, trying to navigate around the web pages proved very difficult with the Sony remote control. You can type in URLs using the phone-style lettered keypad, but it is very tedious, and difficult. I have seen a mention on a website that I can download an app for my Samsung Galaxy Note to make that work as a remote control for the Sony player.

Set-up was reasonably simple, but it took 2 attempts to download the updated firmware before I could browse the internet.

Picture quality was good, as I would have expected from Sony. I played a Blu Ray Casino Royale [Blu-ray] [2007][Region Free], a DVD Gosford Park [DVD] [2002] and the difference was very clear. I am using a Sanyo 720 line HDTV (I am sure that a 1080p TV would be better) and the Blu Ray was excellent. The upscaled DVD was obviously grainy.

I then tried a DVD-VR disc made on an 8 year old Phillips DVD recorder, and it was a lot better upscaled than I would have expected.

Next came the downloaded AVI format discs, and the Sony didn't even acknowledge the disc. The Phillips played it without any argument.

So in summary, there are lots of features, some involving paid content. Others, such as iPlayer, already come free on my V+Box. The features which are there wouldn't convince me to unplug the Phillips and put it away. In fact, it is the Sony which will be going back into the box, until such time as I get a second HDTV for the bedroom.
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