|Is it a Blu-ray Disc player? Or something better?|
Experience Full HD 1080p and the next level of entertainment with NetCast. With the BD550 Network Blu-ray Disc Player, you get it all. The unrivaled picture quality and sound of Blu-ray technology along with the unmatched possibilities of having direct access to streaming movies, shows and music from the Web, whenever you want.
First off, I'm not a highly technical user, if an item works the way its suppose to, I'm happy. The 550 was extremely easy to set up, one hdmi cable, one ethernet and a power plug. The unit does not come with an HDMI cable or Ethernet so if you need one, you should get it separately. The first movie I played was a DVD (battle 360) and it looked very nice on my screen and was easy to navigate. Then I tried a blueray (2012)and it loaded up rather quick and looked fantastic. I am loving the online content from vudu. The selection is pretty good and it streams with no problems that I noticed. I didn't try the HDX because my connection is not fast enough for that. You need at least 5mbps to do the 1080 (hdx) content and 2.5 or so to do 720 hd which i do. Very cool option. The movies run 3.99 - 5.99 for rental depending on quality requested and a lot more to buy. The remote is OK, nothing to brag about. I would definitely recommend this to a friend.
Research Product Before Purchase3/1/2013
The description stated that this was a Wi-Fi connected Blu Ray player, I made sure it was stated. The item showed up when I searched for Wi-Fi enabled players. Unfortunately when i received the player it was wired only. Had to return and buy a different device.
Great picture quality.
I wanted a product that would (a) play Blu-Ray Discs, and (b) let me watch streaming movies/shows over the internet using my Netflix account. This does both.
I'm very pleased with this LG BD550 product. I wanted a product that would (a) play Blu-Ray Discs, and (b) let me watch streaming movies/shows over the internet using my Netflix account. This does both.
Great for the price5/17/2012
The user interface is adequate and is reasonably responsive. I have no complaints with the remote.
very well made product5/11/2012
LG’s BD550 is a value-priced networked Blu-ray player offering great performance and a huge selection of media streaming services.
love my LG Blu Ray player11/30/2011
LG products link and work together so well. I love the fact that Netflix and all the other wi fi channels are in 1080p. This machine is awesome
I would rank this product higher if it came with wifi. The other bad thing about it is that the version of netflix on the player does not have search, which makes it infuriating to look for a movie or show that is not on your instant queue. I recommend this to anyone who doesn't have a ps3 already.
Great product but watch out7/9/2011
Product came in 3 days which is great and the player works exceptionally but it does NOT have a wireless connection. If you don't want to run an ethernet cable, then you have to buy LG's usb network adapter which is $40
Overall a great product I brought it a few months back an I love it. I watch Netflix all the time and for it to have this feature is really great..(:
1) Software upgrade takes over an hour and is not a function of network speed, it is only 90Mb (download was over 30 min). You can download firmware from LG if you have a Windows based computer. 2) It may ship defaulted to 1080i for a reason. Home AVCHD videos shot at 1080i look terrible when viewed with 1080p setting over HDMI. Doesn't seem to adjust output to match source. Fast movement, like bird wings, have terrible artifacts which does not happen with older Panasonic player. Video looks perfect at 1080i setting however. 3) Remote is comfortable and nicely laid out. 4) Power off option can be disabled if you want to resume playback later. Unit does not power down when TV it has HDMI connection to powers off. 5) Netflix playback looks great. If it offered Amazon OnDemand, it could replace my Roku.
I got mine as Andy mentioned below. Great player. Don't forget to change the output to 1080p. For some reason, it's at 1080i by default. Get it!
Got this BD player a few d ago, was a little surprised it only included RCA and coaxial video cables in the box (I shouldn't be 'surprised' since it is listed in the specs above, I just think it is ridiculous since the high resolution of Blu-Ray cannot be sent across that cable). The back also has jacks for ethernet, HDMI, Component, and digital audio out. Fortunately I had cables laying around the house to use. It asked for an update when I first plugged it in. Took probably 30 mins, but upgraded to new online options including Picasa, Pandora, Vudu and others. (Netflix was among the 5 or so that it came loaded with).
I bought this unit at Walmart for $98.00 two months ago in November. I bought it initially for the mere fact it was an inexpensive yet Name Brand blueray player. Not only was the picture exceptional on BlueRay Disk but for standard DVD's as well. I was blown away after my first experience with this player. The picture quality was greatly enhanced. A few days later, after reading the manual, I discovered unexpected extra's with the unit. Like the ability to plug in an external USB hard drive into the front of the unit and play whatever stored content I wanted at good throughput speed from the BlueRay player to my TV. This was absolutely awesome. Also I tried out the streaming video which worked fair at first, but much better after I updated the blueray player software. The update feature was very easy to use. I could not beleive how much more online content was added after the update completed. This BlueRay player is not just a disk player, it an entire entertainment center. I bought another identical unit for the TV in my bedroom. At only $98.00 per player I have a complete entertainment solution that got me covered. I Highly Recommended this Unit. Unlike me, you should read the manual right away to discover all the cool features early on. I had some intial issues trying to get the network connection to work correctly, The issue was likely due in part to the need for the initial software update. I bumped ease of use down to a 4 because of this.
Great Refurbished Product12/24/2010
I bought this product refurbished and it works well, including streaming from Netflix. The initial update did take ~1 hour to dowload and install.
PHANTOM POWER PROBLEM11/28/2010
The BD550 (bought for Netflix instant and didn't get the wireless because I had a bridge and streaming better on ethernet) is a great bargain and easy to set up. However, I have had a weird problem with Netflix. On certain shows, the machine will power off when loading or in the first minute of streaming. When I power back on and try to reload, it will power off at the precise same point. It's not a Netflix issue, because I can load the exact same show on my WII with no power problems. I have conferred with LG support, tried all their schemes, including reverting to original firmware, and sent in the machine for repair. All to no avail. Even tho still under warranty, they refuse to refund and replace. I am sending the machine back for repair one last time. I will report back if the problem is fixed, and if not, what recourse I have. It's not a money issue, but principle. Will they stand up or not?