Tech of the Hub got their hands on a trio of 2011 Blu-ray players and set about determining what model provides the best Netflix experience. Which works out well, as I’m in the market for a new, connected Blu-ray player. On the Netflix front, the 802.11n-capable Panasonic DMP-BDT210, LG BD670, and Samsung BD-D5700 seem to provide similar levels of performance. Although, the LG is notable for launching Netflix the quickest while the Panasonic provides Dolby Digital Surround.
Of course, like most of you, I’m interested in more than just Netflix streaming. So I checked in to learn more regarding device boot time, disc loading and connected services UI. First, all these mid-range players boot in under 30 seconds – which is more than sufficient and generally shows improvement over prior generation models featuring sluggish startup. In terms of online content, both the UI and selection vary pretty widely — there’s no clear standout and I haven’t yet thought about which services I’d prioritize. Having said that, CNET prefers the Panasonic - anointing it with an Editors’ Choice award.
Any other experiences or suggestions?