I need something that plays dvds and doesn't suck at it

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  1. Bloodhammer

    Bloodhammer Twinkle Twinkle Black Star Supporting Member

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    I'm dangerously close to smashing my Phillips blu ray player.

    Yes, I live in the technological past and cling to my dvds. I have a lot of them and buying all new blu ray versions will cost me a fortune.

    /first world problems
  2. Gazman

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    PS3's do a pretty good job at DVD and bluray playback.
  3. Tony Flow MMMM

    Tony Flow MMMM Supporting Member

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    This
  4. Roscoe East

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    You might need to better define what "sucking at it" means.
    I have a Samsung DVD player that fairly regularly sucks at playing DVDs ...but that's because the discs themselves are beat to hell. Minty fresh discs play as well as necessary.

    (I'll probably still replace it w/ a Blu-ray player soon, but not because the old one sucks at playing discs. Just because...um...well, because I'm a sucker for unabashed consumerism, apparently.)
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  6. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

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    Oppo.
    Has the advantage of playing SA/CD's which is nice sometimes.

    The best 'just' DVD player I've got is actually a Toshiba HD-DVD player - good luck finding one of those these days tho. It has the advantage of upscaling regular DVD's to 1024 on a pre-digital-media-protection TV - which BluRay players won't...
  7. Immigrant

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    I did some extensive research when I was ready to purchase a Bluray player 3 years ago. Cnet.com is a good resource.

    As others have suggested, the Sony PS3 is a good way to go. When I searched for top rated Bluray/DVD players, the PS3 was at the top of all the lists.

    Mine has only glitched once and that was because the vents were all packed with dust and it needed a good cleaning. :p
  8. UncleFluffy

    UncleFluffy Gold Supporting Member

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    Used PS3s (and 360s) will be a lot cheaper after xmas when people trade up to the next-gen consoles. If you can wait that long.
  9. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

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    We got a Sony Blu-ray player a few years ago. It plays Blu-rays and DVDs no problem. Just make sure you keep the firmware updated.
  10. Bloodhammer

    Bloodhammer Twinkle Twinkle Black Star Supporting Member

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    It randomly won't read discs. Some always read, others (that are not scratched) only read after I've opened and closed the tray a bunch of times. Of course, these are the older discs, but they aren't scratched up. :confused:
  11. Auzzie-Phoenix

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    Sounds more like you need a cd lens cleaning disc. If the laser lens is getting dirty behaviour like that will sometimes be common.
  12. TOOL460002

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    Best Buy brand Blu Ray was a good buy. Under $200 and it does both, is wireless, and will do Hulu and Netflix. Mine has lasted 4+ years. Great buy.
  13. Bloodhammer

    Bloodhammer Twinkle Twinkle Black Star Supporting Member

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    Okay, so I bought a LG BP330 for ninety bucks and it is sooooo much better. :)

    My new question is this: It connects to wifi and comes with built in apps for Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, and CinemaNow. Since all of these require money, which is/are the best of these rental sites? Or are any of them worth it?

    Technology FTW in any case. I didn't realize how outdated my old bluray player was until now.
  14. UncleFluffy

    UncleFluffy Gold Supporting Member

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    For our house (mainly horror, sci-fi, concerts and random weird stuff) I'd say Netflix > Amazon Prime > Hulu.
  15. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

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    Blu ray players can be outdated? damn my dvd player is one of the first DVD players that came out I think. I remember using it back in 2003.

    I need new stuff.

    Anyways PS3's will be super cheap in 5 weeks when the 4 comes out.
  16. Indiana Mike

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    I've got a Samsung that has almost met death many times.

    Slow to load and load failures.

    The internet / streaming part of it operates slower than dialup internet . Yes I have 20 meg internet and a good signal ,yes it has the latest firmware .

    It will be replaced soon and destroyed office space style.
  17. i_got_a_mohawk

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    Are your DVDs all from the same region? 1 (US) and 0 (free) should work as standard in the US. But on saying that, Region 0 discs can sometimes cause players to be fussy.
  18. i_got_a_mohawk

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    I really like Netflix, used to use a proxy to get the US version. I don't know about the others, but Netflix has a 30 day free trial, you could try them all and see which you prefer?
  19. Monster Truck

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    My laptop plays DVD's without any problems.
  20. rtslinger

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    The Panasonic DMP-BDT220
    this one is top notch never and issue.
    It has wifi built in and plays 3D discs and is easy to use
  21. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

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    Id agree. I love my Netflix. I recently started using Amazon Instant Video thanks to Breaking Bad.
    We signed up for Hulu Plus, but we're cancelling it.

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