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Black Friday: Walmart Offers $78 Blu-ray Player

Posted November 16, 2009 01:52 PM by Josh Dreuth

Blu-ray MoviesWalmart's Black Friday ad has been leaked, and not surprisingly, a Blu-ray Disc player is among the many deals bargain shoppers can look forward to when they go bargain shopping next week. The retailer will offer the Magnavox NB500MG1F BonusView (Profile v1.1) Blu-ray Disc player for only $78.

Last year, Walmart made headlines when it advertised a $128 Blu-ray Disc player (also from Magnavox and very similar to this year's offering) for Black Friday, as it was the lowest priced Blu-ray player at that time. This year Walmart finds themselves in a similar situation, having the lowest price for a Blu-ray Disc player yet advertised.

Quantities are limited, so be sure to show up early next Friday to get in on this great deal.


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News comments (27 comments)



Blue Bull
  Nov 16, 2009
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OMG, clutch the pearls! I hope they start directing their energy towards cheaper disc, but damn $78 blu ray players is astounding!

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mugupo
  Nov 16, 2009
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look like walmart is serously to complete in their eletronic department, soon walmart might just well take over the world.

agoofykindasuperman
  Nov 16, 2009
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mugupo, I think that's been their plan all along....
djluis2k6
  Nov 16, 2009
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Wow, guess I will be adding a Blu-Ray playing in my bathroom.

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that1guystudios
  Nov 16, 2009
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I wouldn't buy that Blu-ray player for $50. I love Blu-ray, but as someone who works retail at Best Buy, the cheaper players that load slowly, lack firmware updates, and don't always play nice with every blu-ray disc just cause more customer confusion. Not all Blu-ray players are made equally.
bfocussvt
  Nov 16, 2009
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that1guypictures: You brought up a lot of good points the average consumer cares little about. "Mom-and-pop" Blu-ray shoppers don't know about load times, firmwares, etc...
Pantallicarox
  Nov 16, 2009
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This is great and all, but my Walmart doesn't even carry blus except for the top 2 or 3 new releases and even those are sometimes $10 or so more expensive than Best Buys prices.

NJ_RAMS_FAN
  Nov 16, 2009
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what pantallicarox? walmart has been having the best prices for new releases lately. and so what that walmart doesnt carry many blu-rays. you can always buy somewhere else..lol

cynatnite
  Nov 16, 2009
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Wow! I might get this for a close family member for Christmas!

Rainman208
  Nov 16, 2009
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bfocussvt,

Yeah but I think his point is similar to my thoughts on these cheap players and that's do we really want a newbie's first Blu ray experience to be on a machine that might only play half of the $20+ movies they just bought?

I'd jump for joy a lot higher if I saw higher tier players like Sony, Panasonic, even LG or Samsung reach that price point, even if just for the holidays. Fingers crossed It could still happen I guess.

bluflu
  Nov 16, 2009
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Consumer Reports just rated the Magnavox as a Best Buy in their latest issue.

http://pressroom.consumerreports.org/pressroom/2009/11/consumer-reports-annual-electronics-issue-finds-great-values-and-strong-performance-on-products-for-the-holiday-shopping-seas.html

Also, my local Walmart just finished renovating, and they now have plenty Blus.

*RedStar*
  Nov 16, 2009
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Umm...where is the source to this story? i am looking to see the ad and have not come across it. can someone provide the link to the ad?

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Penthouse
  Nov 16, 2009
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1.1?! I thought they were all supposed to 2.0 compliant. Is this an older model.

*RedStar*
  Nov 16, 2009
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Thx Blu Titan!! I have tears of joy!!
Trekofile
  Nov 16, 2009
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$78.00 and a 1.0 machine? Might as well paint a target on you that says, tech savy optional.
MY 2.0 249.00 player can't play my new Snow White disney title and I'm still waiting for a firmware update from Sharp! I can imagine the hate from the public after it realizes what it's dealing w/ a 1.0 78.00 player! OMG! A fool and his money are soon parted was never truer!

RScottyL
  Nov 16, 2009
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Obviously the most recommended player would be the PS3, but if you are on a budget, this will play MOST discs!

cynatnite
  Nov 16, 2009
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Thanks, Blu Titan! I wish we could see the entire thing. 99% of our Christmas shopping is done on Black Friday.

I saw quite a bit I plan on buying.

dmarvin
  Nov 16, 2009
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bfocussvt - Unfortunately, those consumers that don't care about load times and firmware updates will learn the hard way how much this player sucks. It requires you to burn a CD-R and load it into the player in order to update it. To this day, I've never gotten the CD-R to take the update. So I can't play any Fox/MGM titles because it's outdated. And it takes forever to do anything -- not just load Blu-rays. It takes forever to open the load tray, takes forever to power on/off, takes forever to skip a chapter, takes forever to load DVDs. Overall terrible player. I'm glad it's only my secondary player but I'm looking to replace it ASAP with something better.

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BlackBeltNinja
  Nov 16, 2009
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Everybody complains about not being able to update firmware, but I bought a Magnavox player, NB530MGX, for $99 from Walmart and haven't had one problem with it. No updates necessary to play any of the new blus. To be quite honest, it sounds like it's the players that can update firmware that have the most problems.

DIY_HD
  Nov 16, 2009
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I think that most WalMart shoppers know that the store specializes in low-priced merchandise. That said, most buyers of this player won't expect all features to be available. Still if they plunk down $20 for a new BD, take it home, open it and it won't play, that would be a problem they won't forgive. According to BlackBeltNinja, this has not been the case.

We don't want buyers to have a bad experience right out of the gate. They could get turned off of Blu-ray forever (once burned-twice shy). If CR reviewed the NB530MGX and if the model they will be featuring on Black Friday is the same, our fears won't be realized. If they are unloading an older model on an unsuspecting public, shame on them.

dvdwatcher
  Nov 16, 2009
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I agree with BlackBeltNinja, I purchased the model last year and the only problem I ever had was a little stutter on Twilight but it was no big deal and after the firmware update I had no problems. It has played everything Ive thrown at it even movies that have given people with hi end models problems. I will probably be picking up one of these model this year for the second tv.

phatrat1982
  Nov 17, 2009
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>I wouldn't buy that Blu-ray player for $50. I love Blu-ray, but as someone who works retail at Best Buy, the cheaper players that load slowly, lack firmware updates, and don't always play nice with every blu-ray disc just cause more customer confusion. Not all Blu-ray players are made equally.<

Except that is not how the player us at all, I own this player and it works perfectly. I personally have plenty of Fox and MGM movies that play perfect on this player, even the dark knight played perfect on it, in fact I have YET to find a movie that doesn't. I have a lot of new releases and they all play just fine too.

And it is NOT a 1.0 player as someone mentioned it is 1.1 which means the ONLY feature it is lacking is internet capabilities which most people don't really care about.

I don't know why people talk trash on Magnavox they have always been a good brand anyways it's not like it's some bargain brand.

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prerich
  Nov 17, 2009
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I believe that many of the internet features actually cause some of the problems experienced with BD. Last year during Black Friday I picked one of these up for a friend. I asked him if he has had problems playing movies, he told me that he has had problems with some special features but he has always been able to play the main feature . He said that's all he really wants (he was just messing around with the special features). He hasn't had a movie that he couldn't play yet. I actually unhook the ethernet cable (on my standalone) and on my PC I tell TMT not to attach to the internet - soo much better experience!!! I believe this Magnavox is a great deal for people just getting into BD.
JPierce
  Nov 17, 2009
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Blu Titan I tried to use your link to the BF ad but it dosent work. Any advice?
BluRayFreak
  Nov 18, 2009
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My local Walmart has had that deal on the Magnavox player for weeks now.
pmadtaylor
  Nov 28, 2009
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$78 is not worth it and it's going back, I can't even get it to play a Blu-Ray beyond 480p. 720p and 1080p remain grayed out and there is no firmware update for this player on Funai's site.


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