"Good player, bad streamer."1.5 starson by Photast
Pros: Blueray and compact disk startup and play is quite good.
Cons: Very poor streaming!
Summary: I was in the market for a Blu-ray player approximately seven months ago and though I had read reviews about the user interface being poorly designed, I decided to buy this player as an upgrade from my DVD player. My purchase was based on the Sony name, touted internet streaming capability, price, and reviews. As a player, this is a decent product; however, if internet streaming is at all a consideration, this Blu-ray player will disappoint, frustrate, and make you want to write a negative review - case in point. A great deal of my decision to purchase this player was based on the perception that I would be able to enjoy viewing Netflix and other internet streaming services - mostly Netflix. I have had the player connected via wired Ethernet to a cable modem on a 12mbps service and have been consistently disappointed with the buffering speed which always seems to suffer in the evenings and especially during the weekend - try to enjoy watching a movie that pauses for a minute or two every three to four minutes. As well, I have experienced this streaming player's difficulty loading and/or displaying streaming service movie menus. Many of the movie image icons don't load - even during a lengthy browse of the titles so that many of the movie titles are illustrated with only a gray box. I have had many Sony products and have never been disappointed - until now. Not being able to take it any longer and after doing some research, I purchased a ROKU 2 XD streaming player. After a 10 minute set-up, the ROKU was up and running. The ROKU's movie menu shows movie icon images much larger than the Sony streaming player, loaded all of the title image icons and, has provided high definition streaming without a single buffering pause. Sorry Sony, you really fell short on this one.