Newest Review: ... know because I was reluctant to spend the money. Since buying it however have rung around a few shops to find out if I can use another... more
Member Name: teafan11
Advantages: good dvd up-scaler
Disadvantages: does`nt get all lovefilm programs
II bought this item about a month ago from Amazon for £89.99 reduced from £149.00 and when reading the information online was under the impression that it would not need a dongle, even got my dad to read through it to see if I was reading it right, being a layman, however when it arrived it does state in the instructions that you need a Sony UWABR100 network adapter to access Wi-Fi, and that costs another £56.97. I had bought this because I had wanted to access my Love film account through it wirelessly. So this frustrated me, nowhere did it say that I would require this, I assumed that if one was needed I could purchase a cheaper version dongle for 10-15 pound but when the instructions specified a particular item I was dubious of buying any other item as I have been told Sony products only work with Sony products (I could be wrong). It may work with a cheaper option, I don't know because I was reluctant to spend the money. Since buying it however have rung around a few shops to find out if I can use another adapter and been told no, and that even with the Sony UWABR100 the signal isn't great. Anyway I managed to get an Ethernet cable so that I can go online, but this is not what I was hoping for.
Another problem is that not all programs from Love film are available and when I called Amazon I did ask if they knew the reason for this, they stated that Sony have very different licensing and that I would not be able to access them, which again annoyed me because I had been connecting my laptop to my TV to be able to watch Love film, and I had bought the blu-ray so that I would no longer need to do this. So now if I want to watch the programs or films on love film that are not accessible through the blu-ray, I still need to connect my laptop. You have loads of other options to watch online through the blu-ray including BBC i player and demand 5 though.
It also has DVD digital up scaling making regular DVD better quality, and I have noticed a difference when playing DVDs on the blu-ray player. This is 1080p resolution so you do get fantastic picture and sound quality.
You connect via an hdmi cable which is not included so if you are considering purchasing this do be aware that you will need to purchase an hdmi cable too.
This is a very quiet, fast loading blu-ray and although it doesn't do all that I had hoped it is still a very good product.
The blu-ray itself has a very sleek design and I have been able to attach a hard drive to it so am able to view my picture and family videos through the blu-ray, which I find good and it does manage to play them in avi format. The price I consider ok but with all the drawbacks I wish I had of gone for another make.
I was drawn to this particular blu-ray because have had Sony product before and have always been extremely impressed and it is a very well known name for electronics so figured I was making a wise choice.
PRODUCT DIMENTIONS: 19.9cmx43cmx3.6cm weighing 1.6kg
BRAVIA Internet Video
Wireless LAN ready
Full HD 1080P and DVD upscale
IP noise reduction
Internet video enhancer
Entertainment database browser
High Definition audio codec's
Cost saving power consumption
Overall not a bad product just doent do everything I was hoping for, but overall a very good blu-ray...I would recommend as a blu-ray and dvd player.
Review summary for the review "Sony Blu-ray player"
A good Blu-ray player with dvd-upscaling, you can connect to the internet wirelessly using a Sony UWABR100 network adapter or via an ethernet cable. Very fast and quiet blu-ray.
Summary: good dvd and blu-ray.