Pros Starts fast
3D works well
Sony based services work well.
Case looks nice
Cons Netflix function is useless.
No support from Sony.
Bluray function is a bit noisy and the disc spins as long as it's inserted (watching a movie or not).
Very small buffer.
Summary Netflix streaming was one of my main reasons for purchasing this unit. It worked perfect for 7 months and then began having freezing and buffering issues. A quick Google search shows this appears to be a large problem with Sony products. Sony offers no support and simply blames the owner's router or internet connection. When asked to explain why other Netflix enabled devices work perfect off the same router and ISP or why the BDP-S570's 2+ dozen "Sony" services (including the bandwidth hungry 3D Experience) work perfect they refuse to answer. Proof of this can be seen in Sony's own esupport forums which are loaded with complaints.
More searching shows that Sony products don't connect directly to Netflix, instead they are routed through Sony's own servers first which is where the bottleneck happens. Why does Sony feel the need to intercept what we're watching? Is it something to gather advertising data on us?
Or maybe it's a security thing because it's odd this started to occur around the same time Sony had licensing issues with Netflix's Starz Play. Hmm?
It would still be ok if you could hit the pause button and just let the movie load into the buffer but the buffer is so small it only loads ahead a few minutes and then stops.
The USB ports will not utilize a hard drive or memory stick as a buffer so that's not an option either.
Another gripe is that if you leave a disc inside, it'll constantly spin even while in menus or using wireless services. The drive noise isn't horrible but it is noticeable.
I will admit 3D movies work well and the other Sony based services such as Crackle work flawless.
I still own Sony products that are 30 years old and work perfect. It's sad to see how far Sony has sunk. With the $3+ billion loss and recent PSN fiasco, maybe it's time they just give it up.
This bluray player is my last Sony product.
Pros Great Blu-ray clarity. Easy Set up. Low noise. Lovely clairty
Cons Sold as a Netflix devise but forget it. Long, long loading time and frequent "network errors" due to time-outs. Look elsewhere for a streaming device
Summary Although billed as "wi-fi ready", in fact it needs an additional USB LAN adapter ($100). Netflix interface is just awful, although other apps seem to run OK. If you're looking for a Netflix device, consider Apple TV. It's flawless.
Pros The design is slick and plays Blu-Ray movies well.
Cons Netflix or internet streaming is virtually impossible. In fact, I much prefer to watch netflix on the Wii, or hooking a laptop up to the TV. Don't buy if you want to watch movies....
Summary See above. They need some serious work on their firmware if they plan on selling another DVD player anytime in the future.
Pros Great picture quality, when/if you ever get to see it.
Cons Netflix does not stream well at all. TOTALLY UNRELIABLE, and very irritating Netflix playback.
Summary I got my unit near the time it first came out in 2010, so I paid TOP DOLLAR back then, hoping to have a decent streaming BD player. Boy am I disappointed. Back then at least I used to be able to play a Netflix movie with only a few annoying interruptions, but after I did an update on 02/10/2011, now I can't even connect to Netflix anymore, thereby rendering my player useless, and I'm well passed the return period, so I guess I'm stuck until the next update perhaps.
Do Beware Of New Firmware System Updates! They Could Be A Deal Breaker.
Pros Streams Netflix, has built in wireless without requiring purchase of external adapter.
Cons Never worked correctly. 10 attempts to update firmware. Gets to step 8 of 9 then signals server problem. Called support, no help. Also doesn't play some BDs from Netflix. Returned it for a refund. Very dissatisfied.
Summary Looks good on the surface but never really worked properly. Support advised that FW update is recommended via wired LAN vs. wireless. Strung a 100Ft. cable to my router, experienced same FW update problem (stops communicating with Sony update server during step 8 of 9 firmware updates). Also won't play some discs but could be related to lack of ability to update firmware. Cheap front panel buttons. Stay away from this one.