Clear as Crystal – The Blu-ray Player
Before you go out and buy your Blu-ray player you should have some basic information. This will help you choose the player that suits your needs and expectations. There is wide range of choices available and you don’t want to be overwhelmed by information. There’s a lot to take in.
If you want to get the best out of your HDTV then upgrade to a Blu-ray player. Your picture will become as clear as crystal resulting in a much improved viewing experience. Right now, there are Blu-ray players with the highest quality and fast disc handling. You also get extras like video streaming, integrated Wi-Fi, audio and 3D support at the same time.
Not too long ago HDTVs and Blu-ray players were expensive. That is changing and fast. It is becoming more and more evident that Blu-ray is becoming standard and replacing DVD. Right now, DVD players are cheaper but very soon it’s going to be all Blu-ray technology. Blu-ray players even have the ability to ‘unconvert’ DVDs. Not only do they ‘unconvert’ but the end result is superior viewing. Getting a Blu-ray player means you can keep your favourite DVDs and DVD player (it may be the antique of the future).
A good tip when buying a Blu-ray player is to opt for one that has enough built in memory. The players have either a ‘Bonus View’ or ‘BD Live’. If you opt for ‘BD Live’ you may have to add further memory using a USB key or drive. If you opt for ‘Bonus View’ you get extra downloadable, interactive web content and streaming multimedia.
Blu-ray players enable you to use the web to stream audio, view video and photos (Slacker, Picasa, Pandora, Netflix, YouTube and Vudu). It varies according to the manufacturer. Some include twitter, facebook, weather and news. Sony PlayStation 3 is a Blu-ray player that provides hundreds of games and streams videos.
Think ahead and opt for Blu-ray that plays 3D. It is highly likely you will upgrade to a 3D TV in the near future. All of the main manufacturers offer a 3D enabled Blu-ray player. Right now, not everybody has 3D but it is going to be the norm – sooner rather than later.
The most convenient way to hook your player to a HDTV is via a high definition multimedia interface port capable of streaming audio and video by means of one cable. You may need to get your own HDMI cable. Your player will have a hardwired connection and many incorporated Wi-Fi for wireless connection of your player to network, to web for the purpose of ‘BD Live’, media streaming and updates.
Once you have the basics of the benefits of a Blu-ray player it is possible to find one that is reasonably priced. The best place to look for the cheapest price is online, but know which player you want.