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Sony BDP-S370 Blu-ray Disc Player
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- BD Remote app available for iPhone/iPod touch and select Android devices
- DLNA wireless streaming of photos, videos and music
- Quick Start/Load function enables you to watch movies faster than ever
- Blu-ray Disc player for enjoying Blu-ray Disc movies in Full HD 1080p
- Access to BRAVIA Internet video and USB port for photos, music and video playback
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Enjoy Blu-ray Disc movies in Full HD 1080p and improve the quality of DVDs to near HD with the Sony BDP-S370 Blu-ray Disc Player. Play your favorite movies faster than ever or connect to the internet and instantly access a wide variety of movies, TV shows, music and more. Plus turn your iPhone or iPod touch into a remote control by downloading a free app.
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Despite being a 2010 model, the Sony BDP-S370 has been able to play all the latest discs from Redbox. The player's transport mechanism is smooth as silk. Meanwhile, the player's blu-ray video and audio performance are very good but not as good as the latest players. For instance, there is some visible noise on After Earth which is absent if played on the 2013 Sony BDP-S5100 (The film was shot with the Sony F65 CineAlta 4K cameras). The DVD upscaling is fairly good too.
My BDP-S370 purchase from the vendor "Sean's i-Deals" was also a good experience.
Please note there is no in built Wi-fi, if you want that feature the player from sony you would need is the BDP-s570. This model is "wi-fi ready" where you'll have to buy an adapter from Sony.
I like the look of the device, minimalist, can turn all LED/lights off during playback, solid construction, relatively small package, front USB and a great remote akin to what I expect from Sony.
Plays Bluray's great, quick loads (very important), nice crisp picture via HDMI. Sony always seems to do video really really well.
Netflix streams well, however you cannot search the database so have to depend on your queue (and use your computer), there are no suggestions for movies either which I like with PS3 and some other Netflix devices. I hope searching added.
The main screen for menus is very much like PS3 cross bar menus but slower than the PS3 which has a much faster processor.
There is a ton of online media you can search with this, particular sites of interest are: youtube, flixter, Slacker, Pandora, amazon-on-demand etc --- spent hours just looking and listening around!
My only gripe at this point is that I cannot connect to my WHS (home server) since media connect is not DLNA certified. I will update once I get more info on streaming media. Seems to pick up windows media center ok from my PC. (PS3 picks up everything - all servers on my network).
All in all would highly recommend for the one hundred I spent. I think this would be a great gift item. It works very well overall for most people.
more network & USB information:
so overnight have been playing around with the players interfaces: Issues of note:
Front USB only plays content of FAT32 devices only, thus my external usb HD was not supported (where usually most people have their large sized video files on ntsf formatted drives rather than thumb drives). My usb keyboard worked well on both the front and rear usb connectors, this was great when using youtube, saves typing on the remote. Note DIVX does not play off a thumb drive.
The other issue which I was looking forward to work was streaming from Windows media center (on my PC) over hardwired Ethernet, it shows photos ok and plays MP3s (slow to load) however video files I have on the computer were not able to be streamed, it states "not supported" - divx (!), avi, mts by this route (most of my files are in these formats), did not even try MKV or MOV. From some forums apparently they may be supported off a thumb drive on the front but I have not tried that yet personally. So I'll still be keeping my Asus O!Play for those network tasks - it's much faster.
I have to say that it would have been nicer if the local video streaming worked especially from WHS but I still really like all the other features very very much. I hope in future firmware updates the streaming is better and more video codecs supported and network share drives rather than DLNA (like the playstation).
I did note "whaler's" review of the issues with streaming so was expecting some problems, if you do intend to by this product for local streaming mostly I would avoid it since there are many other great options around the $100 price point, I basically wanted netflix & bluray which it does fine and I get the bonus other quality online streaming content (many of the audio ones are basically free). I can, for this price, over look the local streaming issues (for now).
Note on DVD upconversion - not that fantasic - watchable but not as good as my older Denon 2910. Will drop review to 4/5 for this and the issue with the DLNA streaming / codec issues from thumb drive.
Also DIVX I eventually did stream off windows media center but was not decoded/transcoded or streamed at high quality. Reading some forums in the UK and Canada the DIVX streaming is much better by regional firmwares in those territories straight off a thumbdrive or NAS.
I wrote to Sony just to confirm this unit does not do DIVX (which I find really surprising, UK and Canada models do from forums), response below which some may find useful:
"Thank you for contacting Sony Support. I'm sorry that the DIVX files are not playing in the Blu-ray player. Unfortunately, the playback of DivX, WMV, AAC of WMA files is not supported in the Blu-ray player. Thank you for your time. The Sony Email Response Team"
Streaming is fantastic but it did not start out that way.
After watching two different Netflix streaming movies (an important element in selling my old Blu-Ray player and getting this new one), it was kind of dizzying and nauseating to see the video picture "jerk" every two or three seconds during the entire movie. It was as if someone pressed pause for a nanosecond and then let the video play for another two seconds, then pressed pause again for a nanosecond, then played, etc. Watching even 10 minutes of a movie made me very tired. Two other 370s in other houses were perfect, silky smooth. I also determined it was not FiOS bitrate, so it was obviously the player. I went to the Amazon order summary and pressed "return this" to generate shipping labels to return the player.
So just before boxing it up, I tested the FiOS speed to find 10.7 mbps. That is plenty fast. I unhooked the player and replaced it with another player, a BDP-S570 that I bought used. The streaming was silky smooth. Yes, I determined, it was the fault of the BDP-370 (this product). So I hooked it back up to remove our personal information from it before boxing and sending to Amazon, and saw that it needed a firmware update. I did the update and then on a lark I decided to try streaming again. Well, this time it was silky smooth. I tested the FiOS speed again and found 9.8 mbps.
So the key is to make sure you update the firmware. Don't send yours back due to jittery/jerky streaming from Netflix. If you have a slow internet connection, or Netflix is really busy, the movie will stop for a minute or two and then restart. Because of our excellent FiOS service, this seems to happen to us only on Friday nights, when Netflix must be going crazy with on demand video.