questionscan you recommend me a blu-ray player with avi…

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Sony BDP-S590 3D Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006U1YUZE/ref=oh_details_o02_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I can't say for sure it will play the file types you list but it has played everything I've tried to play on it (nothing burned to a disk but .avi and .mkv files over LAN or wifi). This may be more than you need...

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@benyust2: Thank you for your recommendation.

When accessing files over lan/wifi are you using a mediaserver? Maybe it is transcoding on the fly so it can play everything you want it to.

As far as I can tell it doesn't play mkv or avi, so I don't think it will work for me.

Thanks anyway though.

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I got a Samsung Smarthub blu-ray player at Sam's Club at Christmas. I believe it does all the things you describe, it has Netflix and Hulu Plus, internet connectivity, limited web surfing capacity. It can read avis and mkvs, although I have never tried them on a disc, I use an external drive or a thumb drive to connect through the usb port on the face of it. It is reasonably user friendly and not very expensive.

Here's a C-Net review:
http://news.cnet.com/samsung-smart-hub-on-2011-blu-ray-players-review/8301-17938_105-20049371-1.html

I also have a computer with a 15' ranged gyroscopic mouse integrated into my home entertainment system, so I use it for web-surfing and more computer oriented capacities.

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@moondrake: Thanks, I'll check it out.

In my own home I use an htpc as well (not a fan of the gyro mouses though, I just have a cheap rf remote with a button for the mouse).

For my mom though i think a disc player is better.

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Without trying to sound like a wiseguy, it seems like what you really need is a cheap PC you can connect to the TV. I hooked up my desktop as a media server/HTPC a few years ago, long before BD players, TVs and gaming consoles were promoting streaming media, wi-fi, etc. I maintain that it's much easier to use any streaming service by accessing their site instead of using an application that limits funtionality or makes searching for titles cumbersome. Plus, you have the ability to open any kind of data file as well as full-fledged internet browsing. I don't know why everyone's not doing this--most households have a somewhat newer desktop laying around that could handle the task. Get a 2.4GHz or Bluetooth keyboard/mouse combo and you're set! The only drawback is that it costs a little more upfront, but it's the only piece of equipment you'll need and there's no additional fees ala XBox Live.

Edit: Oops--just saw the 2nd half of @moondrake's answer and your subsequent response!

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@stormshadow999: Yeah I've learned quite well that a computer is the best way to go, but it just doesn't work for my situation unfortunately.

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How about LG BP620C sold at Costco for just under $100 +tax. The specifications are pretty close but I am unsure about if it will play all the formats. Test it in a store.

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@mybestuser1: Thanks, that's actually the main one I've been looking at.