I was skeptical about this unit after reading some of the reviews. After getting it home and setting it up I was pleasantly surprised, some of the reviews say it takes a while to update, well I guess that depends on your internet connection. I plugged it in, brought it up and started the update. Went out to the car to get my recently rented blu-ray disk (thanks little red box) I came back in after maybe a couple minutes and it was updated and ready to go. Took maybe 5 minutes on my 8 mbps cable internet connection. After updating I setup my Netflix account which was pretty seamless, I didn't like the fact that it made me setup a Sony account but that's OK. Once completed it gave me a code to enter and once entered I was on my Netflix, this showed my instant queue but I was also able to search (not sure about the search text input) I was able to search. Next I decided to look at some of the other options and was pleased at the amount of free content available my favorite is Crackle. The best feature I found was plugging in my 2.5" external HDD which is formatted NTFS, at first it said it was unrecognized, I unplugged it and plugged it back in and BAM! All my movies, music, pictures were there. I was able to play all the AVI movies I tested. I couldn't get music to play during picture slide show but I am sure I can get something going. Overall I am very impressed and pleased with this Blu-Ray player, it produced a flawless picture and sound, the only thing I need is for Blu-Ray disks to come down in price then I will be all set.
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