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Sony NSZ-GT1 : Blu-ray Disc Player Review

In a world where every Blu-ray player has an Internet connection and several streaming options, the NSZ-GT1 stands out. You can thank Google TV—which is Android for your television—for that. But lackluster image quality, a identical price tag ($400, price as of January 7, 2011) some insignificant design choices, and an annoying remote control make this model a questionable excellent—especially once matched against less-expensive.

Practically all Blu-ray players these days can stream Netflix and at least one pay-per-view service, and most players work with YouTube and Pandora, as well. The NSZ-GT1 comes with all of these capabilities and a few more, including CNBC Real-Time, HBO Go (available only if you get HBO through your cable or satellite provider), the Onion, and Twitter. The not-yet-available Google TV Market promises to let you selectively add many more. 


The NSZ-GT1 also works with the Chrome browser, so you can surf the Web from your sofa. This means that you can stream videos that aren’t available via the apps—in some cases, anyway. Since there’s no Comedy Central app on the player, I visited the Daily Show Website and watched a show segment that looked more than acceptable. But when I visited Hulu, the site recognized Google TV, blocked its videos, and promised a future app that would play Hulu Plus content exclusively.

In the temperament of Google TV, which tries to carry Internet video and traditional television together, Sony designed the NSZ-GT1 to be able to control and stream content from your set-up box or DVR. The idea is that all of your shows—whether they come over the Internet or arrive by more-traditional means—end up in the same cache. But the arrangement isn’t seamless. In most cases, you’ll need to use the included infrared blaster to make the other device do the player’s bidding. And the only video input connection on the NSZ-GT1 is HDMI, a design choice that freezes out basic cable and over-the-air broadcasts.

The remote is whats really got me thinking this product is a pain in the A$$, it looks difficult to use easily.  Buttons are too small. (my opinion)








I don't normally put CNET Reviews on here but, I'm not really into this product so, for your information........




Specifications:
 
Video Outputs HDMI
Audio Outputs Optical (Toslink), HDMI, Analog 7.1
Height 2.3 inches
Width 13 inches
Depth 9.8 inches
Weight 5.3 lb
Supported Video Formats 1080p
Disc Format Support Blu-ray, CD audio
Networking Options 802.11n, Ethernet
Ports USB 2.0

Yawn...... In my opinon? Save your money and buy a PS3 (Playstation 3) for a Blu-ray player if you want to stream stuff.  While Blu-ray Players all have this Streaming capability (Netflix..etc) the Playstation allows you to stream media through software like PS3 Media player so you don't have to use pay services like Netflix.  You can just use your existing library in HD.

However, it is an easy product for those Technologically challenged who just want to press play and worry about nothing else.

























Playstation being about the same price? Like I said, just get a PS3...