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

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Bloodhammer, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. Bloodhammer

    Bloodhammer Twinkle Twinkle Black Star

    Jul 7, 2009
    Shreveport, Louisiana
    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. PS3's do a pretty good job at DVD and bluray playback.
  3. Tony Flow MMMM

    Tony Flow MMMM

    Dec 4, 2012
  4. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    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.)
  5. ArtechnikA

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

    Feb 24, 2013
    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...
  6. 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
  7. UncleFluffy


    Mar 8, 2009
    Head Tinkerer, The Flufflab
    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.
  8. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    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.
  9. Bloodhammer

    Bloodhammer Twinkle Twinkle Black Star

    Jul 7, 2009
    Shreveport, Louisiana
    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:
  10. Sounds more like you need a cd lens cleaning disc. If the laser lens is getting dirty behaviour like that will sometimes be common.
  11. 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.
  12. Bloodhammer

    Bloodhammer Twinkle Twinkle Black Star

    Jul 7, 2009
    Shreveport, Louisiana
    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.
  13. UncleFluffy


    Mar 8, 2009
    Head Tinkerer, The Flufflab
    For our house (mainly horror, sci-fi, concerts and random weird stuff) I'd say Netflix > Amazon Prime > Hulu.
  14. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Los Angeles California
    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.
  15. Indiana Mike

    Indiana Mike

    Nov 18, 2005
    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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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?
  18. Uncle K

    Uncle K The bass player doesn't get a sandwich Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
    My laptop plays DVD's without any problems.
  19. 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
  20. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    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.