Rated 2 out of 5 by VMaxxer Better Options Are Available
I purchased the BDPS580 along with a Pioneer AV receiver and a Sony 55" 3D TV. The initial setup to the AV receiver was extremely frustrating and in the end, required a digital cable for sound reproduction - I could not get the HDMI connection to transfer sound, regardless of settings. The Wi-Fi connection was easy however as was the subsequent firmware upgrade. The BluRay picture was great until I tried playing the movie, The Tempest. It would not play, even after exchanging for a second disc. A test in the store proved the discs were fine. I then exchanged the BDPS580 for another. Same results as first one. Finally gave up after two weeks and returned it. Purchased an LG BD670C which worked flawlessly right out of the box.
February 13, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
by Hal37355 BDP-S580 Great choice
I have been watching videos, both blue ray and regular DVD's. I have enjoyed watching Netflix, You-Tube, and Facebook. It was easy to hook up and get connected with wi-fi.
January 5, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by RaymonCha Sony should learn from samsung a lot
I am a sony fan boy and really disappointed with SONY blu-ray players. Let me start with cons first of this player. This player absolutely junk when coming to Netflix support. The interface is very basic and you should add movies on your computer before watch on TV. Every other blu-ray player on the earth got updated interface and sony still using basic one. The lack of support for DivX/AVI is another disadvantage. Samsung and others support playback of popular formats but SONY is not. Another big con is lack of support for NTFS formats. Who on the earth using FAT32 anymore? We are in the age of USB 3.0 and lightpeak and SONY still using very old FAT 32 drives to support. If SONY wanted to restrict playing files more 4GB they have to control programatically not by imposing this FAT32 restriction. This player also do not read deep sub-folders and this can read only sub-folders upto two levels. The only thing I like about this player is picture quality. Otherwise this is a piece of junk.
March 7, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5 by Jomigo Why advertise it can do Netflix? It can't
Ok so basically it is a good player except for Netflix. Netflix is choppy, like it is skipping frames. My Nintendo Wii does does Netflix perfect, why can't this player. It's not my wifi nor Internet either. I can immediately switch to the Wii and its fine. I can immediately switch to Vudu or Amazon on this player and they are outstanding! Read the Amazon reviews and others on the net....this Netflix problem is real, and Sony is doing nothing to fix it. I'm lucky I discovered all this before my Best Buy return policy expired, it's going back. I'm going to try thE LG instead.....it's a real shame too, I've got a Sony HDTV and really like that the whole link thing where they can control each other and settings are instant on, but we watch Netflix alot and this was one primary reason for getting this player....Sony, you know where I'm at if you want to send a free unit when/if you fix this problem....if it works flawlessly, I'll fix this review. If you are not interested in Netflix, this is a good unit, loads very quickly and is quiet.
January 22, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rickford No Problems Here...
I don't know what the one and two star reviewers are doing wrong. I have had NONE of the problems they have mentioned. My machine works perfectly!!! It says you should have a "N" WiFi connection which I have and it works great. Some have said WiFi sucks...not mine. It's as fast as my computer and the router is on the second floor while the Sony is in the basement under the TV. I get 3 bars of signal and 8Mbts of stream which is what my cable provider (WOW) provides. Blue-Ray is great, 3D is great and Netflix and Amazon streams are flawless. Get a fast "N" WiFi conntction and you won't have any problems. The price is right and I think it has all the features most people need or want. Buy it, it's a good machine. THE END
September 18, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5 by Framistat Not for streaming
I don't use DVD's. This player is terrible at streaming content. I use mostly Netflix, and have a Sharp that I have swapped out with it several times to be sure the network connection wasn't flawed.
Whether using wired, or wireless connection, it regularly stops playing while it tries to load more data. The player tests the speed of the connection when you start a stream, and always shows more than 10 Mbps, so it should not freeze. The sharp ($10 less) never freezes.
I exchanged the 1st one, thinking it was just a bad player. The 2nd one is just as bad. Flawed design, or cheap components. Most likely needs some on board RAM as a buffer.
Menus for system settings are counter intuitive. The remote is laid out in a pattern that is not consistent with typical function patterns, so you have to look down at it to find the function you want to use.
Very disappointing experience for a company like Sony. Getting a refund this time.
December 16, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by Scott2373 Works for me
I'd like to debunk everyone's poor reviews based on the internet functions of this player. I've seen many a review saying this BD player does not receive an internet connection or doesn't maintain it well. All I have to say is: Check your router signal strength! I've had 0 (Zero) problems with this player connecting to Pandora and Netflix. The sounds is more than adequate and the video signal is flawless. I appreciate the fact that this player can be controlled with my Android phone; it was a very big selling point for me. I don't like clutter, so my remotes are usually stashed in a drawer, but my phone is on me at all times. VERY convenient! Overall, I don't regret buying this player, even though I spent more than I was planning on!
July 12, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Reyno Great Value
I eyed this BDP for a while, finally pulled the trigger and am very pleased. The key features that I choose Sony on was the mobile control and app selection. The loading speed is good and the apps out of the box are ideal. I tend to host many get togethers and access to personalized streaming media just made my events even better. Also the iPhone remote control adds to ease of leveraging the apps and overall experience in using this BDP. I highly recommend and the ability to stream music between Sony devices just put a few more Sony products in my future.
If I could ask for more features, it would be to build out the Facebook / web navigation and also expanding the capabilities of iPhone app. I would like to see an interface screen to see what the tv is showing. It would make remote nav a bit easier if I am out of the room.
August 14, 2011