Our favorite Blu-ray player: Sony PlayStation 3. This also happens to be our favorite gaming rig. The PS3 from Sony won't only play your Blu-ray discs and stream videos from a variety of sources such as Netflix, and Hulu Plus, it also has the added benefit of playing video games! If you're not a gamer, no worries, you stand to benefit from the large user base, which means continually supported operating system with consistent updates. You can also purchase or rent video from the built-in Playstation store. 120GB of onboard storage also means that you'll be able to store your music as well as those digital copies of videos right on the PS3. However, if you use Amazon's Instant Video service, you won't be able to stream videos with the PS3. In our opinion, this is definitely the best value for your money if you want to play games.
If you don't need the gaming function a good alternative is Sony's BDP-S580. We like the most variety of streaming available on this device, which not only includes the standard Netlflix and Hulu but also Crackle and YouTube. It is also compatible with a number of music streaming services such as Pandora and even NPR. If performance is your main concern, we also like the Panasonic DMP-BDT210 for its fast disc load time. Although it does lack in the selection of streaming sources when compared to the Sony model.
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