dealssony bdp-bx18 blu-ray & dvd player with ethernet…

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I recently purchased a Sony Blu Ray DVD player as well as a home theatre projector. At the time, I didn't realize that I made an incorrect purchase, I wanted the Sony with "built in WiFi.

My question now is, can I use ANY USB Wifi adapter to get and internet connection or do I have to purchase a Sony adapter.

Please help me out...

Thank you...

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Just received mine. The first thing I checked was the firmware version. It was not the most recent, which was fortunate for me since the most recent version introduces Cinavia anti-streaming technology and I'm primarily using this to stream media from my HTPC using DLNA.

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Yesterday i received the two i ordered last week.. one arived dead.

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@procop: How come so many are returned?

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@iamrobertkrogh: Well, this isn't from Woot, and it isn't a Memorex.

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@arawaraw: I bought this mainly because of the Amazon Prime streaming feature. It works very well. Blu-ray load times are pretty good. I haven't played many blu-rays on it, but what I have played has loaded 5x faster than my first generation Panasonic blu-ray player, so I have no complaints about that.

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Hope this works! my last blu-raydvd player from Woot was trash. some Memorex POS. Hopefully Sony is a little better.

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On the same website you can get one with WiFi for $65! Basically a Roku with a DVD/Blu-Ray player, not bad at all!!

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I bought one because it runs Linux and looks ready to be hacked. I'm not a fan of Sony but the price point is pretty close to a Blu-ray drive. We'll see how well it works.

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@sdc100: Where are you coming up with "less than $20" ??? The prices I have seen are around $30-$60

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@tyrooooone: OMG - thanks for keeping me from making a mistake! No wifi is definitely a deal-breaker. I don't have a wired setup anywhere in the vicinity of where these would be placed.

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@77p5pezs: Please see my previous post (right above yours). It needs to be plugged into your Internet connection, i.e. the modem or router using an ethernet cable. This does NOT have WiFi (wireless) connection. But you can connect this wirelessly by using a Netgear WN2000RPT extender. Look on the website to see how. It's VERY easy and the extender is often less than $20 on the web.

http://www.netgear.com/home/products/wireless-range-extenders/WN2000RPT.aspx

Here is the Sony player's manual
http://www.docs.sony.com/release/BDPS185_BX18.pdf

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@77p5pezs: It runs apps to connect to the services you mentioned (HuluPlus, YouTube, as well as Netflix, Pandora, Slacker, Amazon video, etc.). It has an ethernet port to connect to your network/hub/router (no wireless).

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One reads so many complaints about the connectivity features of these units. It seems that with a Roku and a straightforward player, one could do better, and get more reliable internet functions.

Our Roku's been a great investment.

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How does this unit connect to the internet to receive Hulu, YouTube, etc.? Does it need a DSL line going into it or does one need a wireless router? Does anyone know? Thank you in advance for answering if you do.

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@tyrooooone: Just get a Wifi extender, I have the Netgear WN2000RPT and love it. It's often on sale for less than $20 on various sale-a-day sites. Basically, it repeats/rebroadcsts the signal from your Wifi router, extending its range. I now have no dead spots. In addition, there are 4 ethernet ports on the back so you can plug in printers, etc and this BluRay player. The end result is that this player will then have wifi of sorts.

http://www.netgear.com/home/products/wireless-range-extenders/WN2000RPT.aspx

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Is it possible to purchase the bluray player that is installed in the PS3? The best one on the market?

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@procop: I guess some would think that it's worth the extra $3 for eBay's excellent Buyer's Protection. They've protected me twice in disputes with a vendor.

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Looks like there's no wifi... dealbreaker for me

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@sdc100: Please ignore my previous query. The back of the manual is more detailed than the website and AVI is a playable format. Impressively, it also plays WMV and MKV. The only major format it's missing is MOV (and to a lesser extent, RealMedia's RMVB, which is big in Asia).

As for VCDs, the manual only states that it can NOT play Super VCDs, which implies that regular VCDs are fine.

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@efessel: That depends on the disc. Some files have a specific do-not-skip tag. Many DVD/BluRay duplication software allow you to delete this tag when copying the disc.

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@djbowman: According to Amazon reviews, load time is faster than many other players.

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@efessel: I remember that it skips some and not others. It seems to do with the DVD more then the player in my experience

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I own this player and I love it. Its less of a player and more of a linux box if you ask me.

It works great with Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime Videos, and of course blu rays

It has the same thing I have seen with any other Blu-Ray PLayer long boot time / load time with a DVD

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FYI, this bdp-bx18 is identical to the Sony BDP-S185. Both models have the identical manual as evidenced by both models being listed on the cover. Apparently, one of them is made specifically for some store. The interesting thing is that Amazon reviewers give better reviews for the BDP-S185 than the BDP-BX18.

The manual
http://www.docs.sony.com/release/BDPS185_BX18.pdf

BDP-S185
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-BDP-S185-Blu-Ray-Disc-Player/dp/B005NEZDUA/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1337958447&sr=1-1

BDP-BX18
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-Blu-ray-Disc-DVD-Player/dp/B006775ETW

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Do you guys know if...
1) It can play Video CDs (VCD)?
2) It can play AVI videos?

I looked on Sony's site and the specs are ambiguous. It does play MPEG1 and it does play CDs but nowhere are VCDs mentioned so it might not be able to find the MPEG1 file ina VCD structure.

AVI is not listed as a supported extension, but I can't image a media player not supporting the most popular video container in the world.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

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@arawaraw - this model number is listed at Amazon.com as compatible with Amazon Prime Video. :D Sooooo tempted.

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@rabidwooter: I do not currently own a Blu-ray player. Still waiting for Blu-ray to be better than streamed content. Until then, no sale.

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I currently own a bada$$ dvd player w/ USB. Still waiting for Blu-ray w/ USB + DivX + MPEG-4, until then, no sale.

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Will this player allow you to skip previews?

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Whenever I buy a "Recertified" I always ask for the certificate. I mean they went to the trouble to certify it twice, so I should be able to get at least a copy of the certificate.

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I've owned this since last November. On the plus side, discs load fast, good menu/remote options, great picture via HDMI and last of all, it's Sony, so virtually all universal remotes are compatible. CONS: No display on the front. Not a huge deal, but I like to be able to see the counter during a movie w/out hitting the remote. Other than that, this is a nice unit, especially for $40. You could do a lot worse than this until when buying a BR player.

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can i browse the internet (and watch streaming flash)?

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Can anyone who owns one comment about how the apps compare with the Sony SMP-N100? Bought one of those for my mom and really like the apps. Would be nice to integrate that with BluRay playback.

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I ordered one and it just arrived and I couldn't be happier. The menu format is very similar to the PS3 for those familiar, justabandnerd put it best. My experience with quickshipwarehouse.com has been great as well, I quick ordered with PayPal not thinking my PayPal address was from way back when I lived in Germany...one quick email was all it took to correct. All in all it is a great product at a great discount with a solid distributor...great Woot deal if you ask me.

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I love how they say they are "cleaned". I'm sure some dude rubs his sleeve across it and just repacks it into the box.

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Note, these are not manufacturer refurbished units. These are store returns that this seller also sells on eBay for $3 more...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-BDP-BX18-1080P-HDMI-Blu-Ray-DVD-Player-Netflix-Internet-Apps-Wired-Ethernet-/130699209601?pt=DVD_Players_Recorders&hash=item1e6e47ab81

""This item was originally purchased from a major retail store and returned. It has been fully tested, cleaned and is in perfect operating condition. This unit shows signs of use including light to moderate scuffs and/or light scratches on the face and case.""

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@marknc27, does this pick up amazon prime videos?
how fast is the Blu ray loading?
thanks!

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I own one of these and it works great. Owned it for 6 months.

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At last. Your $39.99 PlayStation 3.