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Walmart Bows $128 Blu-ray Player for Black Friday

Posted November 19, 2008 10:15 AM by Josh Dreuth

Blu-ray DiscFrugal shoppers listen up! There are an absolute ton of Blu-ray Disc players and titles that are going to be signicantly reduced for the sales that accompany the day after Thanksgiving - also known as Black Friday. One of the lowest we've see so far, is that Walmart will be offering the Magnavox NB500MG9 BonusView Blu-ray player for only $128!

Like all "door buster" Black Friday deals, quantities will be limited to what's in stock, and once they're gone, they're gone. So if you're looking to pick up the perfect holiday gift, or simply looking for a player yourself, this the best deal yet for getting your hands on a Blu-ray player.


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Mr. HiDef
  Nov 19, 2008
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Good to know dont think I would purchase Magnavox anything but its good seeing prices drop for my people can adopt blu ray now lets see what movies well be cheap on black friday

supersickie
  Nov 19, 2008
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Hopefully a decrease in price for BD movies won't be far behind.
ibeetle
  Nov 19, 2008
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The husband of my wife's best friend (our kids even have the same b'day... weird) is the manager of
a Wal-mart; even coming from the electronics department. Anyway, I called him up... his words.
"Better get there early.", and "You would have better luck getting a Wii."

He is a manager at one of the top 20 largest Wal-marts in the country; His computer is showing they
are getting 10. That is 1-0. Ten. He tells me about a 1/3 of the stores are not even getting them.

So, this is just something cheap to put on the front page of the Black Friday sales circular to get you
in the store. They don't actually have these in the store.

Afrobean
  Nov 19, 2008
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I got a better deal on an Amazon 199 model at 99 bucks a while back thanks to a post on this site. All I had to do was buy 4 movies that I was going to buy anyway.

Good to see good deals hitting brick and mortar though, but there's still even greater room for improvement. Now I just need to decide if I should go out and try to snatch up some discounted movies.

Scooby Blu
  Nov 19, 2008
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Thanks ibeetle ! Great information !!!

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Lucy Diamond
  Nov 19, 2008
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I can just see it now... a crowd of John and Jane Q at the office the day after Christmas asking me if I've ever heard of this "Blu-ray thing".


Let it begin.
i8abercrombie92
  Nov 19, 2008
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ibeetle are you sure only 10? I am a support manager at walmart and we recieved a whole pallet of the blu-ray players. I say that we at least have 50-60 on hand. BTW our store is actually one of the smaller ones here in California
1000thbluray5-1-2014
  Nov 19, 2008
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Cool! but I'll always use my Playstation 3 as my blu-ray player! How about a decrease in prices of Blu-ray movies like supersickie says! I mean i don't care aboput paying $15-$28(that's the Blu-ray movie price ranges on amazon.com), but it would be nice to buy Blu-ray movies for a cheaper price! but then again I don't care I'll spend all my money on Blu-ray discs because Blu-ray disc just totally rocks! Blu-ray disc for life!
sudbury78
  Nov 19, 2008
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Can we buy it now and then price match? Does Walmart allow that?

tripleeric
  Nov 19, 2008
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Typical. I live in Wisconsin and there is a "Minimum Markup Law" that prohibits these types of deals. Sigh...
Nice price.

http://www.jsonline.com/business/29284659.html

surfdude12
  Nov 19, 2008
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hmm just checked walmart.com and its only 198, do i want to save 70 by getting up at 6am and waiting in line with 1000 rednecks???? hhmmmmmm

Roland1919
  Nov 19, 2008
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MEH. I agree with Mr. HiDef, I would never buy MAGNA-GARBAGE anything even if they lowered it to $50. Well, I might get one for the station if it were $50. MIGHT!

Afrobean
  Nov 19, 2008
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Yeah, guys, the price drop might not be that much really, but that's the sort of thing that encourages more people to adopt, and more people adopting means more and better movies coming out.

And let's face it, if we're here already, diligently reading news posts, we're not the ones who are in danger of not adopting.

bhampton
  Nov 19, 2008
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That particular magnovox is a nice player. I think it was sourced from a company that used to make
stuff for Denon if I'm not mistaken. It's a profile 1.1 player that hasn't need FW updates to play the
latest releases. It's not a junk player,.. It's quite nice no matter the brand.

And... I was going to try to skiip Black Friday this year but if there's deals on Blu Rays that won't be an
option.
chriscw72
  Nov 19, 2008
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Now if only they would stop charging $29.99 for every Blu-Ray movie................

Robert Siegel
  Nov 19, 2008
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A friend of mine has this player, he got it at a Walmart one day sale for $199, and I have watched movies at his home on it and it is a very good player. Being the audio/video nut that I am I would buy a Panny 35 or Sony 350 (my receiver can handle the bitstream audio codecs), but the loading is really fast, of about 20 movies I have watched over there, never a glitch, the 1.1 feature commentary works very well, so those who do buy one will get a nice blu-ray player on Black Friday. Unfortunately no bd-live. I am surprised all these companies aren't just adding an ethernet port and a memory slot so they can be upgraded, but how important BDlive is no the masses who want to watch a movie in high def is another question. The problem is not going to be with the player prices, but the movies. Say a person has 200 bucks, and gets one of these players, they can only buy probably 2 or 3 movies max. The movie prices do not seem to be coming down like the players are, so relying on just player prices being reduced is a risky strategy, because how many people will pay 30.00 (discounted from 39.95) for Batman from 1966 or the same for one of the Planet of the Apes movies. New Releases will probably do better but for people to replace any dvd they have, I don't believe they will spend that kind of money, unless it's an absolute favorite catalog title.

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Ashamed Pegasus
  Nov 19, 2008
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$125 for a Magnavox is no deal when Sears has the Sharp Aquos 21U for $161... The extra $36 is worth it enough not to stand for hours in the cold, plus it's a much better player...
jeabombers
  Nov 19, 2008
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This model sits RIGHT BEHIND the $1000 (a couple months ago) Denon BD player, and ahead of all the rest (Samsung, Sony, etc.) The Denon was #1, this Magnavox was #2. Check it out if you don't believe me (sorry, don't have a link, but have the issue.) They have it listed as $300 MSRP, but that was also before the Samsung and Sony went down from $400 to $300. Only think you're losing is the BD Live (which you would with the $300 Samsung and Sony players anyway.)

Chris60119
  Nov 19, 2008
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What and where are the titles that are going to be reduced?

dadkins
  Nov 19, 2008
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Hmmm...
... a Maggotbox BD player? Not for me.
It will be a good thing to get a few more into Blu-ray though.

bhampton
  Nov 19, 2008
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These players are produced and then badged. You can't assume that because it's a magnavox player
it's poor. In this case it's not. But,.. you won't know that unless you do the research. These were
made by Funai who used to build for Denon.

Personally I think the lack of BD Live would be a plus but that's just me.

I got my step-dad the insignia player which I think is the same as this and despite the brand name
these are nice players.
joeri
  Nov 19, 2008
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The Magnavox NB500MG9 is a Profile 1.1 compliant Blu Ray player that will also upconvert regular DVDs to 720p, 1080i and 1080p resolution. This is a low cost player manufactured by the Funai corporation which makes nearly half the DVD players sold in North America, and is rebranded by Magnavox for retail. Other brands selling this same basic player are Insignia and Sylvania. The player is equipped with Deep Color video processor for richer image display, and comes with a slot for SD cards. It has component and composite video out, analog and digital coaxial out, and HDMI 1.3 output. It also features Digital Bitstream for high-res audio such as Dolby TrueHD for 5.1 channel output and DTS-HD for 7.1 channel output.
HDPlasma
  Nov 19, 2008
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I just hope the ones they sell are stable enough to work with out endless FW updates or play a new title without any issues or Walmart just might get them all back and discontiue blu-ray from their stores.

briankrofcheck
  Nov 19, 2008
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YEAH LETS HOPE THE MOVIES WILL BE CHEAPER THAT DAY TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dave
  Nov 19, 2008
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Soon to be seen under 100

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davidthenikonuser
  Nov 19, 2008
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Hopefully no one will get injured or killed in the stampede when the doors open. I remember some years ago when Walmart had a DVD player for $20 people got injured and I think killed from people rushing the doors.
dakota81
  Nov 19, 2008
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This article is clearly FUD.

I was informed by many Microsoft & Toshiba lovechilds that the death of HD DVD resulted in BD prices soaring out of control upwards! Sony must be paying off Wal*Mart to deceive the public into falling for their evil plans.


spcamaj
  Nov 19, 2008
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who wants a magnavox bd player you gotta be kidding me

oguh
  Nov 19, 2008
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magnavox is a good blu-ray player i hope to buy one this.
in BEST BUY blu-ray movies only a $15

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mugupo
  Nov 19, 2008
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Wow a change, remember 2 years ago, any blu-ray player cost over a 1000 dollars, a year
ago about half of that, and now almost the same as the upscale 1080p dvd player! However i
really wish we see reduction price of Blu-ray writable disk, cause i don't see any drop in that.

Ferris
  Nov 20, 2008
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Ecellent news! While many folks here wouldn't purchase this player, it's still a great way to improve he adoption numbers for Blu-ray.

Steelmaker
  Nov 20, 2008
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They also have some pretty good deals on movies. At my Wal Mart they have a stand of blu rays in the middle of the isle that are all 14.99. Some of them are really good too like The Aviator, The Shining, Wyatt Earp, etc.

tvine2000
  Nov 20, 2008
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someone said,if anybody is going to help bd become'' thee format''!and in time over come dvd
it will be walmart.
i worked for them for 2 years,and i can tell you they are a force to behold.
they have a way of cutting everybody elses thoat in retail.
once they get behind something good things happen.
they suck bigtime to work for but for consumer there a godsend.
@dadkins i wouldn't buy this player ether,but it is a decent player,and if it gets into more homes
thats good for blu-ray.you want bd to hang around for years to come,this is one way to do it.
bd is fighting the misinformation out there with the downloading crowd,who will do anything to keep people away from blu-ray,so when you knock a blu-ray player you knock bd as a whole.since blu-ray .com has always been about blu-ray,this doesn't help.
blu-ray is starting to make a big impact out,you can tell with all the knocks againist it,
lets keep the bd flag flying,its still a young format.
wingsofredemption78
  Nov 20, 2008
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I am also a Wal-Mart manager and work at a small town store. We have recieved close to 30 of these
so far. GREAT DEAL!! We will have select Blu titles on sale. No word yet on what ones and prices.


<He is a manager at one of the top 20 largest Wal-marts in the country; His computer is showing
they
are getting 10. That is 1-0. Ten. He tells me about a 1/3 of the stores are not even getting them.

So, this is just something cheap to put on the front page of the Black Friday sales circular to get you
in the store. They don't actually have these in the store.>

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Rike255
  Nov 20, 2008
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Man Walmart is pushing the Blu-Ray thing so hard. I see commercials from them constantly.
Good job Wal-Mart!!
wookieaz
  Nov 21, 2008
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Well I also got an advertise email from buy.com about a blu-ray player thats only $149.99 with free shipping. For $20 xtra bucks you get a bluray player probably a basic line model but hey who to complain. Won't have to wait in line at 4am and hope to get one at Walmart. I think the link is this.

http://www.buy.com/prod/memorex-blu-ray-player/q/loc/111/208287862.html

Its a Memorex model.

RazorFromHRSnet
  Nov 21, 2008
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The Walmart I shop at is great. They BluRay display is a Sony BD player and a Sony LCD TV. The BD is connected to the TV over Composie video cables, and is currently running the FullScreen (Pan & Scam) version of the Standard Def. Speed Racer DVD.

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Pirate King
  Nov 21, 2008
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Tell your friends about these low prices on BD players. The more owners, the more Blu's will be sold and more sales = lower prices for the movies.
Tez
  Nov 21, 2008
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BUYER BEWARE with this Magnavox Bluray player.My neighbor made the mistake of buying this bluray player from the local Walmart a few weeks ago.At the same time they bought 3 of the new James Bond Blurays none of which would play on the unit.The unit ISN'T defective per se but as someone above stated, Bluray players need firmwware upgrades every now and then in order to be able to play the newest Bluray movies, but as stated above the Magnavox Bluray player HAS NOT HAD ANY FIRMWARE UPDATES SINCE IT WAS RELEASED EARLY THIS YEAR and as a result has trouble playing and/or cannot play many Bluray movies that have come out over the past 3-5 months.My neighbor only found this out after calling me over(i have 2 Bluray players)and after an hour waiting to get through to tech support who didn't even have an answer, we looked on the AVS forums where we found our answer.My neighbor ended up returning the Magnavox to Walmart and bought a Samsung BD-P1500 from Amazon for $199 that she has been"very happy because it plays all my new Bluray movies" since purchasing.

Upon looking into the player further the Magnavox is not even Bluray profile 2.0 complient(which means it cannot take advantage of Bluray Live equipped Bluray movies, like
Wall-E, or Sleeping Beauty to name a few, as it is not Bluray Live capable nor can it be upgraded to).It is only Bluray profile 1.1 capable which is what last year's brand name model Bluray players were capable of.

If it were up to me, i'd steer clear of the Walmart $129 Maganavox Bluray special.It's already obvious they are trying to get rid of them and those thinking about buying one should remember "You get what you pay for!", especially when you can get a fully equipped and fully capable, brand name player for not much more.Sears is selling a new Samsung bluray player
for under $200 BlackFriday and Kmart is selling the new Sony BD350 Bluray player for $179!!! Thanksgiving day, which isn't just an outstanding deal but also an outstanding new to the market bluray player.

peralta67
  Nov 24, 2008
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This might be old news but sear will have the sony model BDP-S350 on black friday for 179.00 which is a great deal.


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