Frugal 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.
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.