Hip, Hip, Blu-ray! Samsung's 3D Players
While Samsung's trio of 3D Blu-ray Disc players awaits your first 3D TV, they connect to the Internet now for streaming loads of entertainment. They play regular Blu-ray discs and CDs, too. Did we mention that when they play your DVDs, they upconvert pictures for the best possible display on your HDTV?
These players future-proof your entry into 3D, history-proof your music and movie collection, and are built to stream. The top-of-the-line BD-C7900 Blu-ray 3D Player (as seen truncated in image above) features automatic set up for Wi-Fi access. (You can use an Ethernet cable instead, if convenient.) The BD-C7900 is compatible with Samsung's 2010 Internet TV Content Service, which gives you access to YouTube, Netflix, Blockbuster, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, games, news and more. (The "more" is likely to include Hulu.) The player contains 1GB of internal memory. (Players that don't have internal memory make you plug in a USB stick with at least 1GB of free memory in order to accommodate BD-LIVE, a service in which additional content provided by the studios supplements certain Blu-ray Disc titles.)
The BD-C6800 streams movies, music and Web videos straight to your TV. Services include Netflix, Blockbuster and Pandora. With two USB ports, you could use at least one to plug in a storage device filled with video, music and photos copied from a computer. You don't need a Wi-Fi dongle since Wi-Fi is built in. And if you insert a movie disc, the Ultra Fast Play feature starts the show right away.
The BD-C5900 is the most affordable of Samsung's Blu-ray Disc players that offer 3D playback capability and Internet TV services. The Net TV services include Blockbuster, YouTube, Flickr and more.
By the way, all these Samsung Blu-ray Disc players enable you to stream music, videos and photos from a computer on your home network. Also, they're all compatible with the AVCHD (Advanced Video Codec High Definition) format used by the latest high-def consumer camcorders. So, for example, you can use your computer to copy video from your camera, then burn a standard DVD that will be readable in high-def on the Blu-ray player and viewable on your HDTV. (AVCHD is not DVD player-compatible.)
For a report on Samsung's 3D TV viewing experience, see 3D from Samsung Delivers a New Dimension in Home Theater.