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DH

My gripe with the PS3 is that the unit does not accept infrared signals. A frustrating feature omission for those of us who use a universal remote. You can solve this by using a Logitech adapter that sends the infrared signals to the PS3 via bluetooth. People just need to know ahead of time that their universal remote won't work for the PS3 or that they will have to shell out a hefty amount for that adapter.

Mike

I love the remote because it doesn't use infrared, but I can see where that would be a problem. It's great not having to point the remote at the TV for it to work, but I sometimes forget with infrared remotes and wonder why they don't work. - Mike

Chris Utley

LG makes good players

Crow550

FYI the PS3 and most TVs support CEC which let's you use the TV remote on the PS3.

It works through the HDMI cable. The options are usually not titled CEC so check the PS3 & TV manual. I use my TV remote after popping in a Blu-Ray. Works on my Harmony the same way.

I'd say the best Blu-Ray player with Netflix is the PS3. The media options are awesome. Plus it plays games.

The video & audio settings are awesome too.

Best streaming box though is the Roku DVP. Again IMO. It uses a lot less energy like 5 watts when watching a flick and is really simple when selecting channels & menus.

PS3 fanboi

PS3 rules indeed. Also - they just added a native Vudu video app to it a few weeks back - so check that out as well.

Jamie

As said previously Vudu got added as a native app last week as well.

It's updated constantly, and Sony puts a lot of time and effort and money into keeping it on the cutting edge of what is going on.

As far as the remote issue I just use the PS3 remote that Sony sells, it was a lot cheaper then buying the adapter the the Logitech Harmony that I have.

Matt

Just an FYI, I do not think that on the XBox you need the Gold membership any more. I do not have the gold membership and was recently able to connect my XBox. I think that they needed to change after PS3 and Wii allowed it for free.

Ed

I've been seriously looking at the Sony BDP-S570. It's $160 versus the $300 for the PS3 and does a lot more than just Netflix.

Del

@Matt

Xbox Live Gold was free Nov 25-28 other than that Netflix is not free.

I have a PS3, Xbox360, Wii, Roku DVP and W7 Media Center. I have not tried the Wii yet, no need since the PS3 is on the same TV. The Xbox requires Live Gold and I don't want to pay for something I already pay for.
The W7 Media Center has a good interface, but a crappy picture.

To me its a tie between the PS3 and Roku. The PS3 has a great picture and starts up fast, but the interface and lack of options to change the interface needs improvement. The Roku is simple and easy to use, movie startup is slower than the PS3, I like the option to show only your queue.


GE

Oppo BDP-93, just out, is #1. It's expensive but does everything

Jonathan Arnold

I love my PS3 but it is probalby overkill for most. I recently bought a Samsung 40" LED TV and the wireless USB dongle for it. Unfortunately, my TV doesn't support Samsung's "[email protected]", so the wireless connection was pretty useless.

But I returned it to Best Buy (yet another reason to online order from Brick & Mortar) and traded it for the Samsung BDC6500XAA, which is normaly $250 on sale for $140. With builtin wireless - wow! Samsung has a very nice collection of apps, including Napster, Netflix & Pandora. Love the combination so far!

BP

Is the Netflix 1080i/5.1 streaming exclusive to the PS3 through an agreement or have other providers simply not stepped up to provide this service?

Do you have any info on this, Mike? (though I'm sure you would have posted if you did)

RH

Ever since the native app came out for PS3, it's by far the best way to stream Netflix. It starts movies in a flash, scales everything to 1080p (including many HD movies at native 1080i), some content has 5.1 surround and the interface is easy to navigate. And of course, it requires no further subscription fees (*cough* Xbox 360 *cough*).

In fact, I'd go as far to say that the PS3 is the best single device for watching and streaming HD content to an HDTV. You have Blu-ray and DVD playback, Netflix, Hulu+, VUDU (which is in my estimation the best PPV VOD platform), Mubi, the PSN Video Store as well as robust codec support for downloaded videos. Even if you don't use it for games, it's a multimedia beast.

Isaac Church

I ordered the Roku the day it was announced, and I've used it ever since - Until the native (no disc necessary) PS3 Netflix app. I've actually given the Roku to my mom because I just never used it anymore.

The PS3 + Netflix is a marriage made in heaven. It has the best interface, specs, etc. And it plays all the DVD/Blu-rays from Netflix as well. Overall if I had to choose a single video device it would have to be the PS3. It may not be the cheapest, but it's the best.

And did I mention it plays incredible games too?!

saberworks

I use the ps3 but I hate it for bluray because it's impossible to permanently disable "BD LIVE" which is where bluray disks connect to the internet (which slows download loading significantly for me). The only option is "confirm" which makes you have to answer a prompt every time you put a disk in. And if you ever accidentally say "yes" to allow the disk to access the internet, it changes the setting globally to "yes."

ts

I've had one Samsung and two Sony Blue Ray w/ NF players. All three of them started out giving me troubles, but seemed to work better with firmware updates. The Samsung streams using a special WiFi stick specific to the device. Costed another $70 (you had to buy that device/other WiFi sticks don't work). Had trouble with both discs and NF freezing. I put that one in the basement and upgraded to a Sony (BDN-490 or 470??). No WiFi built in so had to use powerline adapters to get a hard connection. Discs play fine. All the internet content except NF played very well. NF itself suffered multiple freezing and buffering issues. Moved that one upstairs and upgraded to the Sony S-570. As mentioned the two earlier players operate much smoother now after a couple updates were installed. The S-570 is definitely the best of the bunch, but I have had sporadic and infrequent trouble w/ NF buffering. It comes w/ a built in WiFi but it was hit & miss with buffering. I have troubleshot multiple possible causes, and believe the issue may be my powerline adapters are old and have a slow throughput. As I write this I have new powerline adapters being delivered today w/ 200mbps throughput. We'll see. The S-570 is the best of these three that I've tried.

Steven Hoober

I love most things about my new sony player. I did a review of sorts here:
http://shoobe01.blogspot.com/2010/11/convergence-in-my-living-room.html

All sorts of neat connected features, but it's sort of an awful NF device. No features at all. When they make it like the YouTube app, I'll be happy. PQ is great, if that helps.

Which is an interesting point: Why is there a best, and worst? Why is the embedded NF software so very different device to device?

Jay

I have to agree with RH, I have used PS3, 360, Wii, and an LG Blu Ray to view netflix and PS3 by far is the best. Quality of picture and ease of use is second to none. I do the majority of my gaming on the 360, however the PS3 is really an amazing device that I would not want to be without.

HeathCliff Rothman

I am not a gamer but bought ps3 out of curiosity at Costco because it's returnable and I was dissatisfied with the Vizio and Sony bluray players I also bought at Costco. And I am so thrilled at the ps3 that I'm finding it hard to return it even though I don't really like games and the thing cost me $350! It is just the "Swiss watches " of blu ray players. It works like clockwork, the menu is beautifully designed, I love the graphics, it works perfectly and I am really liking both Hulu Plus and Netflix. The visio constantly froze and had to be restarted, and the Sony buffered Netflix.

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