Pros Load speed of discs and streaming content
Cons None so far
Summary I just bought this yesterday and spent about 4 hours playing with it. Very easy to set up, with an elegant interface that is very responsive. I also spent a lot of time loading Netflix movies to test, and I think the firmware upgrade that was downloaded must have corrected the streaming problems. I am connected through WIFI, and I did not experience a single hiccup in the video stream, nor did I notice any quality issues. The image was very sharp, particularly on HD content. Sounds like Sony released this puppy a bit too soon, but luckily the firmware update has corrected it.
The wireless was very easy to set up, and connected without a hitch. I do plan to connect to my router directly to test the difference in quality between the wireless and wired connections.
I was also able to connect to Pandora and a bunch of the other services that CNET said were still pending at review time. Note that the Pandora interface is fairly limited, without many of the controls and options of the web interface, but that isn't a problem as you can manage your stations and the player will load those up easily, much like Netflix.
All in all I'm extremely happy with the s570.
Pros -Streamlined appearance
-Fast load times for dvds
-Hulu Plus app included
Cons We experienced constant rebuffering while trying to stream netflix and hulu.
Summary We experienced the rebuffering with wireless, but also with the player directly connected to our modem. I tried calling our internet provider, netflix, Sony tech support, and even our router company. Everyone pointed the finger at everyone else. Because our internet speed wasn't the problem, we ended up returning the player to Wal-Mart and purchased the Samsung C6500 instead. So far we haven't had any problems with streaming netflix with the Samsung.
Pros ?Wireless works great with my mediocre Verizon router
?Netflix streams instantly
?Movie rentals from Amazon stream instantly
?Unit is fast: start-up, shut-down, etc.
?DLNA streaming on OSX works great
?Sony customer service answers the phone quickly
Cons I read the other reviews and noticed that the only real complaint with this product was the wireless connectivity and its effect on Netflix. I purchased from Best Buy thinking I'd return it if I had these issue. I didn't?it works great!
Summary I purchased the BDP-S570 because I don't want to pay for cable or satellite service. Via wireless internet, I can purchase or stream for free pretty much any music, movie or TV show with Netflix, Amazon or Pandora.
I'm also a minimalist, so I like the fact that my entire entertainment system involves: a TV with an antenna for local channels, and my BDP-S570?that's it.
I don't have a fancy TV (yet) or much of a Blu-Ray collection?much less 3D films of any kind. But it's good to know I'll be able to accommodate these technologies if and when I adopt them in the future.
My favorite part of this system is something that isn't covered thoroughly by other reviews or product specs at CNET. I'm writing this review because I had to do a lot of research to achieve DLNA connectivity between my BDP-S570 and my Apple MacBook running OSX but once I figured it out, it was relatively easy.
DLNA is a technology that allows you to stream movies, music, and photos from your home computer to your Blu-Ray player.
Here's how to do it: Buy iSedora ($25 from isedora.com) and install on your Mac. Your BDP-S570 will "see" this server (Set-up>Network Settings>Connection Server Settings). Make sure you configure iSedora to stream your stuff as NTSC if you're in the US (the default setting is PAL).
iSedora recognizes lots of file types and transcodes them for your Blu-ray player, but here's how I copied my home DVD collection to my computer:
1) Download MacTheRipper (free). Install it and start it up, put a DVD in your computer, click "GO!", and it will copy your DVD to your desktop.
2) Download HandBrake (free). Install it and start it up. Choose the VIDEO_TS folder that MacTheRipper put on your desktop as the "Source". I use the "iPhone & iPod touch" output settings because they look fine on my TV and the exported movie is only around 500GB. If you have a fancy TV consider a different setting. Click "Start" to export.
3) HandBrake will put a MOVIENAME.m4v file on your desktop. Copy this file into the folder you selected in iSedora to keep your movies in.
4) When you navigate to "Video" on your BDP-S570, you will see iSedora as a navigation option, and you'll see whichever movies you dropped into the appropriate folder.
You can also play MP3s that you have on your computer. Or view a slideshow of your photos. It's pretty slick.
A final thought: the future of home entertainment is not in DVDs and Blu-Ray discs?everything is going to stream (it already does). This is a great product because it allows you to bridge the gap between all the discs you own today and everything you'll download or stream in the future.
I hope that was helpful.
Reviewed on September 26, 2010.
Pros Industrial design, remote, BD and DVD picture quality all top notch.
Setup was painless. Wifi and Ethernet both work great.
Cons Netflix streaming needs work. The CNET editors' review understated how bad it is.
Summary [Setup: Sony KDL-52W4100, HDMI connection.]
This is a great BD player. My only complaint is the Netflix streaming picture quality. Unacceptably jerky at 1080p and 720p. Eventually I discovered that it's actually much better at 1080i. (That's the only reason that I didn't return it and get the LG instead.)
Sony could help here if the Screen Settings did something more sensible for Netflix streaming: when "Output Video Format" is set to "Original Resolution", it does what you'd expect for BD and DVD (1080p and 480p, respectively), but Netflix is still at 1080p. If it would automatically change to 1080i for Netflix, that would save me the hassle of having to remember to dive down into that menu to switch between the two. (That would've earned an extra "star" from me.)
Pros I have the same problem. Now I'm thinking how nice it would be if sony would replace all of our devices, with brand new one (Including NETFLIX APP, of course) :)
Cons If anyone that has a SONY Blu-ray Player containing the same exact issue, regarding `NETFLIX Streaming`
Summary Feel free and contact me, and lets get on it :)