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Old 12-26-2011, 08:59 PM   #1
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Default Please educate me

Im looking at getting either a Media Player or Blu Ray player with built in wifi for a 2nd TV in the bedroom. If I am understanding the options correctly(and I may not) you are restricted to the apps that are preloaded on the device such as: Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Blockbuster ect ect.

Do these have web browsers like a laptop or PC would?

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Old 12-27-2011, 07:40 AM   #2
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The media players don't have browsers built into them. I don't know about the PS3. The media players will not play Blu-ray discs like the Blu-ray.
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Old 12-27-2011, 10:17 AM   #3
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Other apps can be added via updates on some devices. And apps can be improved the same way, such as adding 5.1 sound to Netflix. But, these devices aren't like a smartphone where you go to the market and get the apps you want. It's up to the vendor to make new/improved apps available.
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:51 AM   #4
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One exception to this rule is Roku. You can add the "channels" that you subscribe to on the device; Netflix, Amazon VOD, Hulu+, MLB.net, HBO GO, Pandora, etc. It doesn't support disc playback but does offer a large number of choices starting at $59. Also, there's no real web browser built into this either, not sure if that is important.

In the bedroom I have a 32" 720p LCD that has a built-in up-converting DVD player and use the Roku for mostly Netflix and Amazon VOD.
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