"stay away - doesn't work without firmware update"1.0 starson by jstaud
Pros: relatively low price for listed features
Cons: Needs firmware update to run blu ray disks.
Summary: I ordered this for my family for Christmas from J&R, opened it up Christmas Day and it didn't play BluRays, but did play DVDs. I returned it to J&R for a replacement. The replacement doesn't work either. I didn't know until I read one of these reviews why it doesn't work - needs a firmware update to work. I can't imagine why Sony would sell a Blu Ray player that needs a firmware update to play BluRay disks. Needless to say, this is going back to J&R for either a refund or a BluRay player from another company. I learned my lesson - check CNET first before buying!Clearly the experience with this player has been spotty - some folks saying good and others bad. I had two units where neither would play the BluRay disks I purchased from J&R when I bough it. I wish my experience had been good - we were planning to watch Transformers II on Christmas night. So, if you buy this product, keep in mind that you're really tossing the dice.
Updated on Jan 14, 2010
I replaced this with a Panasonic DMP-BD60 that seems to work fine. It doesn't have the built in Netflix and it's about $129 versus $200 for the Sony - so the Panasonic works and it is less $$. To get Netflix with the Panasonic, you can get a ROKU box with built in WIFI for Netflix, and you'll come out ahead because you still need to buy a WIFI bridge for the Sony unles you've got ethernet wired right near your BluRay player. You will need another HDMI cable for the ROKU.
By the way, don't spend $50+ on HDMI cables. You can get them for under $10 at Amazon and other sellers.