You can use the following link to save $100 on a Blu-ray player at Amazon.com. The promo requires that you buy 4 Blu-ray titles from Warner at the same time. There are some decent movies available like Batman Begins, Superman Returns, Corpse Bride, Speed Racer (incredible visuals in HD), and I am Legend. Jump on it, because the deal is scheduled to end Monday, 11/10.
The choice of players is decent too. You can choose from Sylvania’s entry-level player (which gets you into Blu-ray for under $200 – including 4 movies), Samsung’s and LG’s Netflix-enabled players, and Panasonic’s amazing DMP-BD55K. Several of these players are Profile 2.0 so you can take advantage of all the capabilities of BD-Live content, even if the reality isn’t quite as good as the promise in today’s titles.
I’ve been waiting on the sidelines to see how all this HD media stuff would work out, but I’m ready to jump on the Panasonic BD55K. This player decodes all the HD Audio formats and has 7.1 analog outs. My receiver doesn’t do HDMI audio, so I would need the analog outs from the player to take advantage of the new high-def audio formats like Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus and DTSTM-HD Master Audio Essential. The Panasonic has great upscaling for SD-DVDs as well. The upscaling is said to rival the current king, the Toshiba HD-XA2 with the well-regarded Reon chipset. Since I have the Toshiba in my system now, I’ve been waiting for something like this to replace my player.
Just remember that for Profile 2.0 players you will probably need to add a SD memory card (at least 1GB) for all the features to work.