Blu-ray is still a new technology and as such manufacturers are constantly upgrading the firmware of the products. These updates include fixes to correct issues with playing blu-ray disks, software updates to correct problems with player functions, audio problems, video problems, lip sync issues, new formats, etc. With the Magnavox there is no NIC card or WiFi to update the firmware. Some older models you could burn the firmware update to a cd/dvd and update, but apparently there is no way to update the firmware period with the Magnavox player. So if you buy a BD with some annoying problems that should be fixed or won't play certain BD's, your out of luck on fixing it.
Many players now offer BDLive with 2.0 players, Netflix on demand, Amazon on demand, Cinema Now, Pandora, Picasso, network connectivity so you can stream audio/video from your pc etc, etc. Each manufacturer of the players offer a different combination of features. So you would also be missing out on any of these functions without an internet capable model.
Not to mention you won't have the inputs/outputs you may need to utilize lossless audio if your reciever doesn't have HDMI inputs. Most new 2nd tier BD models now offer 7.1 analog outputs to hookup to your older receivers that do not have HDMI inputs, which let you take advanatage of the new lossless audio BD's offer. Trust me, it's a big difference
For a bedroom or kid's room this model might be fine, but what's the point of a BD player on a small tv where you won't really notice the difference in picture or sound. The better pic and sound is the whole point of a BD player.
Another thing to think about is not all BD players upscale DVDs to 1080P the same. If DVDs are a concern, and your TV or receiver doesn't have a good upscaler, then you'll need a BD player with a good upscaler chip in it.
It really all boils down to what features you need or want because you're going to get what you pay for with a BD player.
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