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 -
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 -
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on Nov 30, 2012 -
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on Nov 16, 2012 -
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on Oct 18, 2012 -
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on Aug 12, 2012 -
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posted by Bushmiller
on Aug 4, 2012 -
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posted by dobbs
on Jul 24, 2012 -
[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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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]
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on Jan 27, 2011 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -