For those who want the best quality when they watch films and TV shows, Blu-ray media is still the way to go. With sparkling image quality in Full HD resolution and not least, up to 7.1 channels of high definition surround sound, the Blu-ray has a solid edge over the other formats such as DVD in terms of picture and sound quality.
That said, not everybody wants to pay extra to view a Blu-ray movie in HD resolution. That's why Blu-ray players are backwards compatible with any DVD movie, or can even stream movies from the Internet if it has smart features built in.
Online services such as Youtube, Vimeo and subscription services like Netflix and HBO can be streamed to a Blu-ray player with smart features. Here you can see older titles and check out a thrilling series before buying it on Blu-ray. In this way it is easier to find good titles, as well as sorting out some "rotten apples" and B-movies that are not worth having in your collection.
There is greater resolution with a Blu-ray player than a regular DVD player. With Blu-rays you can watch movies, TV shows and documentaries in full HD (1920x1080). You also get far superior colour reproduction and contrast with a Blu-ray player and if you fancy watching 3D movies, this is also an option on many models now.
When you connect your Blu-ray player to your home theater system to watch movies you can experience the best sound quality that is currently available. If you are really interested in good sound, it might be an idea to check if the Blu-ray player comes with new audio formats like Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master.
Look for a player with Wi-Fi, so you have the opportunity to surf the net and also stream movies and TV shows from online video sites. Some players may only come with a ethernet connection, meaning you have to use a cable to connect the player to your home router.
It's nice to have a Blu-ray player that turns on and starts up fast. When Blu-ray players first hit the market it took some time from when you turned on the machine to being able to watch a movie, but today virtually all Blu-ray players have extremely fast start-up and loading times.
Connecting a blu-ray player to your TV is done via a HDMI cable. But check that your television has enough HDMI cable ports, unless you will be unplugging cables every time you want to watch a movie.
There are blu-ray players with built-in HDTV tuners and a hard disk that allows you to record current programs on television. If you want this feature and plan to record lots of television shows, make sure you buy one that has enough storage space. Ideally, something between 500 GB and 1 TB is ideal for most people.
You can make up your mind about what is important to you, but if you buy a player with the above specs, the more flexible it will be.
If you have made up your mind as to which is the right Blu-ray player for you, please visit our dedicated Blu-ray and DVD player page.