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Two Trains Running...well two media devices...on the same Remote

I've got two media devices that both respond to the commands from either's remote; fatal (meaning return one of them for a different brand) or fixable in some other way? [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin on Mar 13, 2014 - 4 answers

How to get Google 2-step verification to work in Sony Blu-ray Player?

After turning on Google 2-step verification, I am having trouble signing into YouTube on my Sony Blu-ray player. Any work-around? It seems like the Sony app makes no accommodation for 2-step verification.
posted by Exchequer on Mar 9, 2014 - 2 answers

Do I need a new Blu-ray player?

I have a Panasonic Blu-ray player. It is probably 5-6 years old. Lately I notice the picture quality on some older standard DVDs (Six feet under season 1 for example) don't look good. They either look grainy/pixelated/not crisp. The other problem that I have is that Blu-rays take foreeeeeeever to load. The new season of Mad Men must take 5 minutes at least. It does look great once it gets started. I am not an overly tech savvy person. I don't know if I need to update firmware (or how to do it for that matter). I would rather have something that either doesn't require it or does it automatically. I do have a brand new Samsung smart hd tv. I am using HDMI cables. Is there a way/is it worth updating or trying to "fix" It seems that players are so inexpensive that perhaps I should just purchase a new one. Would this solve the problem? Do todays units update themselves like I believe that my tv does? I see that some come with wi-fi included. Some are smart. I don't know what the advantage to those features are. I don't care about 3D. Is HDMI still the standard? Would it be advantageous to stick with Samsung? Thank you in advance
posted by kbbbo on Dec 3, 2013 - 16 answers

Rremote control for a Sony BDP-S490 BD player to control my LG tv?

How do I use the remote control for a Sony BDP-S490 BD player to control my LG tv? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on Feb 21, 2013 - 3 answers

Basic DVD/Blu-ray player?

Looking for a basic DVD + Blu-Ray player with HDMI. Doesn't need any kind of network streaming (TV and other devices handle that already). Ideally under $100. Am okay with buying used off craigslist or something if the model is known to be pretty reliable. Suggestions?
posted by curious nu on Jan 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Techie Not.

Completely clueless: Can I use this Sony Blu-ray player with my Haier Full HD LCD TV Model: L39Z10A? Will they be compatible?
posted by LittleMissItneg on Dec 17, 2012 - 4 answers

HOLY CRAP THAT TREE LOOKS SO REAL

Early Christmas Present filter: We got a new tv last night. Help us decide on the best movies to watch to "break it in" [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Nov 30, 2012 - 29 answers

Reliable blu-ray playback: stand-alone player or commercial software

How can I easily and reliably play Blu-Ray discs now and in the future? I have a HTPC, but the software bundled with the blu-ray drive is old, and a new version is around the sales price ofr a decent-looking stand-alone blu-ray player. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 16, 2012 - 8 answers

A Blu-ray player that can make friends with my iMac

Help me find a (cheap!) Blu-ray player. I have an iMac, and want to stream video from my computer to the player to the TV... [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Oct 18, 2012 - 9 answers

Can you help my little sister find a laptop?

I'm looking for a laptop recommendation on behalf of my little sister. She has a budget of $700 and is looking for something in the 15" class that plays Blu-Ray movies. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Aug 12, 2012 - 11 answers

No picture from HDMI Blu-Ray player to DVI-D with HDCP monitor?

There's no picture when I connect a Blu-Ray player with HDMI out to a computer monitor with DVI-D with HDCP monitor? I'm assuming I need to change the settings of the Blu-Ray player. I've been able to successfully connect other HDMI devices to this monitor. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by Bushmiller on Aug 4, 2012 - 7 answers

Great Blu Ray titles only available in the US?

Great Blu Ray or DVD titles (or special editions) only available in the US or titles that are considerably cheaper in the USA? Looking to add to my collection while traveling. [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Jul 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Stream laptop screen to TV?

Wondering if I can stream the screen image from my laptop to my TV... [more inside]
posted by Exchequer on Jun 23, 2012 - 10 answers

I broke my friend's cable TV connection. How do I fix it?

I broke my friend's cable TV connection. How do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Jun 17, 2012 - 13 answers

Advice about iTunes 1080p HD versus Blu-ray (movies)

Advice about iTunes 1080p HD versus Blu-ray (movies) [more inside]
posted by buffalo on May 6, 2012 - 9 answers

Extra points on the back-end?

[DVD/Blu-Ray Commentary Filter]What compels the star(s)/director/producer/whomever to do commentary for a DVD/Blu-Ray release? Are they paid for that session of sitting and watching the movie while miked up? Or are they just hoping for more sales for their share of the back-end? Or is this just out of the goodness of their heart (particularly on "anniversary" releases)?
posted by kuanes on Jan 11, 2012 - 8 answers

Why does my LG BD560 Blu-Ray player play DVDs but refuses to play Blu-Ray discs?

Why does my LG BD560 Blu-Ray player play DVDs but refuses to play Blu-Ray discs? Any possible solutions? [more inside]
posted by Spamfactor on Dec 28, 2011 - 2 answers

Is Netflix gift-worthy?

I want to buy someone a Blu-Ray player that streams Netflix. Should I bother? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Oct 28, 2011 - 29 answers

Sony Blu-ray + universal remote = no joy

Can you help me get my Cox Cable universal remote (M7820) to play nice with my Sony Blu-ray player (BDP-S380 / BX38)? Both Sony and Cox tech support tell me there are no remote codes in existence to program into the Cox remote. That just sounds ludicrous to me...what's up? I know how to program the remote, just need the proper code.
posted by Exchequer on Oct 20, 2011 - 8 answers

What's on the the 91 minutes of spoofs on the new Star Wars Blu-rays?

What are the spoofs on the Star Wars Blu-rays? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Oct 11, 2011 - 2 answers

Rip Blu-Ray straight to uncompressed .avi at 1080p. What's the best way to do it?

Rip Blu-Ray straight to uncompressed .avi at 1080p. What's the best way to do it? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Sep 23, 2011 - 6 answers

Is there a single (industry based) RSS feed which lists all new UK dvd and blu-ray releases?

Is there a single (industry based) RSS feed which lists all new UK dvd and blu-ray releases? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on Sep 11, 2011 - 0 answers

Where's my blu-ray-go-round?

What's the real reason Blu-Ray players don't come in multi-disc carousel configurations? [more inside]
posted by tdischino on Sep 10, 2011 - 12 answers

Does a monitor have to have an HDMI input in order to display commercial Blu-Ray films?

Are HDMI cables a requirement for watching commercial Blu-Ray movies? If I put a Blu-Ray drive in my computer, will I be able to watch Blu-Ray movies on a monitor that is hooked up via some non-HDMI cable? (DVI, VGA, whatever) [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jan 27, 2011 - 13 answers

Watching old "Dexter" without much new equipment?

How can I watch old "Dexter"s and new movies from Netflix, etc, on my HD TV, the cheapest, simplest, least-techy way? I've got Verizon internet, cable and phone package, and a new Apple desktop, and don't want to add much more hardware. [more inside]
posted by fivesavagepalms on Dec 8, 2010 - 26 answers

Star Trek on Blu-Ray

I'm looking to buy blu-ray versions of all of the Star Trek movies. Problem is, I just want high-quality versions of the VHS tapes I had as a kid in the 80s and 90s (because really, most of the allure is nostalgia here). I don't want director's cuts, special versions, or anything like that- just the original VHS releases. Amazon is confusing the hell out of me, because there are about 40 versions of each movie and I'm not sure what is what. Does anyone have a link to the original movies, for sale, on blu-ray?
posted by zap rowsdower on Aug 10, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me build my perfect home media machine.

Help me build my perfect home media machine. It must play blu-ray discs, browse the web, and stream HD video from internet sources. I have no interest in video games, and little interest in cable TV. Is this something I can buy? If this is something I must build myself, what kind of computing muscle will I need? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on May 12, 2010 - 15 answers

I'm a Mac and I need PC help

How to transfer video from a Mac and burn on a Blu-Ray PC? [more inside]
posted by bach on Mar 23, 2010 - 3 answers

Why doesn't Disney want my money?

Why does Disney have such a ridiculous home video release policy for its animated films? [more inside]
posted by jaffacakerhubarb on Mar 6, 2010 - 18 answers

Does it make sense to buy a ps3?

Should I buy a ps3 slim? Can I play backup or different region blu-ray/dvd discs on it? [more inside]
posted by captaincrouton on Feb 20, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me pick a blu-ray player for my TV

Help me choose a blu-ray player for my TV... my head is spinning trying to compare features etc. I just want to watch movies! And if possible - also internet TV would be sweet. [more inside]
posted by evilmomlady on Feb 14, 2010 - 19 answers

Help playing audio on Japanese BDs?

Where do I find a codec for the audio on Japanese BDs? [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Feb 10, 2010 - 21 answers

Blu-Ray Makes My Mac Mini Turn Green With Envy

How can I get my Mac Mini and my new Blu-Ray player to play nice while they both share my big screen HDTV? [more inside]
posted by willmize on Dec 18, 2009 - 5 answers

DVD headspin!

Time for a new DVD player. Format confusion! Resources? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Oct 3, 2009 - 17 answers

Blu-Ray playing software for Windows 7 HTPC?

Blu-Ray playing software for Windows 7 HTPC? [more inside]
posted by chengjih on Sep 29, 2009 - 3 answers

Which are the best movies to get on Blu-Ray?

Which are the best movies to get on Blu-Ray? [more inside]
posted by bent back tulips on Sep 16, 2009 - 26 answers

What codecs do I need?

What tool can I use on Vista to look at a decrypted M2TS file and to find out what audio and video codecs it uses? (M2TS is the file format used on Blu-Ray disks.)
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Sep 1, 2009 - 16 answers

maybe I should just clean my glasses

37" widescreen LCDTV viewed from 12' away, do my eyes have the resolving power to justify getting a Blu-ray instead of upscaling DVD player? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker on Sep 23, 2008 - 25 answers

Blu-Ray Menus - made simple[r]?

I want to develop BD-J / Xlet / GEM menus suitable for Blu-Ray disks but it's confusing... [more inside]
posted by ostranenie on Sep 19, 2008 - 0 answers

Too Blu-ray Aye

Will my iMac G5 play blu-ray movies? [more inside]
posted by popcassady on Sep 16, 2008 - 5 answers

I think it boiled down to having a cooler name for the technology.

Now that the HD format war is apparently over, should I renew my search for a 60GB PS3, get a standalone player or wait a while longer? [more inside]
posted by geckoinpdx on Feb 20, 2008 - 11 answers

War. What is it good for?

Is it finally OK to buy a Blu-Ray player? [more inside]
posted by uaudio on Jan 25, 2008 - 36 answers

HD Favourites

Without getting into the old Blu-ray vs HD-DVD debate, which films would you recommend watching, which really benefit from the HD format?
posted by booksprite on Dec 31, 2007 - 15 answers

Perfect HDTV picture: Buy now or wait?

I haven't owned a tv since 2004. Since then, I've been downloading my shows, at first at compressed HD quality, and then more recently 720p and 1080i/p. I don't want to watch broadcast TV that looks like YouTube, I want a beautiful picture. Should I wait until 2010 to get an HDTV and service? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Dec 28, 2007 - 19 answers

HD DRM + PCs. Sort out yet?

I want a computer that can play Blu-ray and HD-DVD at full resolution out an HDMI port. And can play World of Warcraft. Can this be done yet? (Bonus points for an ultra-quiet solution.)
posted by krisjohn on Oct 9, 2007 - 6 answers

HD DVD and Blu-ray

Please, tell me who is winning the format war between HD DVD and Blu-ray. Both data and (well-founded and -referenced) opinion welcome.
posted by Kwantsar on Sep 8, 2007 - 19 answers

Thoughts on Vaio desktop?

Anyone out there have anything to say about the new Sony Vaio desktop? [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder on Sep 7, 2006 - 13 answers

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