This week, Wal-Mart and Best Buy have launched aggressive promotions on their own brand Blu-ray players. Like it did in Black Friday, Wal-Mart is offering the Magnavox MB500MG1F player for $78. Best Buy, in turn, is offering the Insignia NS-WBRDVD for $119.99. The Magnavox is a BonusView player, whereas the Insignia supports BD-Live, Netflix streaming and wireless connectivity.
The Magnavox player is perfect as a second blu-ray player for another room in the house. I bought one to use it just for that, and have a Panny DMP-BD35 as the primary player used in our theater. We've played "Da Vinci Code", "Transformers", "Tinker Bell/Lost Treasure", and the "Firefly" series with it with no problems at all.
I have that Magnavox player and I love it, just bought one for my sister for Christmas. So far it works perfectly. Personally I don't even care about BD Live or Netflix so it's a good enough player for me.
If anyone has an HH Greeg near by, they have an e-mail coupon that you can print to take to store and get Panny blu-ray (would think that it is the 60) for $99. This is for Monday and Tuesday only."
We will have one here soon, they are moving into the old Circuit City building, Dont have a Best Buy here so I am enthusiastic about it
I bought the NS-WBRDVD last week for $170 (+ the Hangover for free). I just called BB, and they will honor the new sale. I hooked mine up wirelessly, and had only a couple of problems. First of all, if your wireless router has WEP encryption, it will not hook up. The Insignia isn't compatible with WEP, so you will have to access your router and change it to WPA. Of course, that will cause all your other wireless stuff to have to be reconnected, but it is worth it. I have been streaming Netflix now, and all the HD streaming looks great.
I'm sure Netflix HD does look good, if you have a fast enough connection to do it, our phone company charges us $90 a month Just for mere entry level 3MEG internet, they offer a "Premium" 3.5 meg for "commercial customers" which is $120 a month but you have to be a business to get that inflated crap. They offer a T3 line for $200 a month but even if that were 100 MEG I wouldn't pay that price, can't afford it. My sisters all live in areas where the fastest they can get is 1.5 MEG speed, hardly fast enough for SD let alone HD streaming. HD streaming can't become truly feesable for everyone until everyone can get 6MEG or faster internet.