Insignia™ - Internet Connectable Blu-ray Disc Player - Multi
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- Product NameInternet Connectable Blu-ray Disc Player
- Model NumberNS-BRDVD3
- Color CategoryMulti
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Parts1 year limited
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Labor1 year limited
- Product Width16.9 inches
- Product Height1.9 inches
- Product Weight6 pounds
- Product Length10 inches
Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 216 reviews(216 Reviews)
Rated 1 out of 5 stars
Disappointed, probably returningPosted .
We purchased this player after we saw it recommended on Yahoo! Tech. It seemed like a great value - a Netflix compatible blue-ray player for a great price and we couldn't wait to use it. First, it took us quite a while to figure out how to hook it to the internet, because the instructions just say "Connect with an ethernet cable." This model is not Wi-Fi compatible and since we don't have our cable modem next to the TV, it took some Googling to figure out what to do. Once we got it hooked up it said "Netflix update coming soon!" on the screen. WHAT!? This was the main sell for us - and it wasn't Netflix ready. We followed the instructions to download and install an update using a flash drive, but it never worked. We kept getting "Upload failed" messages from the player. The first tech support call was to a fax machine (great job, Insignia website!). The second support call connected us overseas. The representive put us on hold to look up our model number and never returned to the call. The whole thing has left a bad taste in our mouths, and I doubt we'll buy Insignia (or best buy!) again.No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Solid value, good mix of featuresPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
The user interface on this player is simple, but it does seem unpolished, having small text and generic icons, the sort of thing found in off-brand cheap dvd players. The smallish text may be a problem for those using a smaller hdtv or an older tube tv. Menu controls are inconsistent, requiring different button presses depending on what menu you are at. The remote sensor is very weak, requiring perfect line-of-sigth to the player, and even then , button presses may not be immediatedly responsive, this is an issue with the player itself, as it manifests itself even with universal remotes. The remote does not have backlit or luminescent buttons, which may be a problem in darker settings. This player has no wifi capability built in or as an option, so it has to be connected to either ethernet cable or you can use a client bridge, also known as an ethernet gaming adapter, as a wireless solution. Blu Ray playback is excellent and load time is faster than other players in the same price range. The player supports Divx and MPEG playback from USB thumb drives, large capacity drives, like 16GB are supported. Thumbdrive playback also supports playlists. The Netflix interface is superior to even more expensive players. The Netflix interface look like the one found on the Roku, but it is similar to the version found on the Xbox 360 in functionality, you can acces your queue as well as suggested titles, other competitor players, even more expensive ones, only allow for personal queue access only. Netflix access is reasonably fast as well and supports HD(720p) if you have a fast internet connection (5 Mbps down or higher). Getting to the Netflix interface may not be to obvious at first, you have to choose the "connected" icon to go the the Netflix icon. The manual seems to lack information on using the netflix interface, buit its easy to figure it out. Firmware updates are much faster than even more expensive players, this could be due to the much simpler interface requiring smaller files. This player represents a very solid value at a price that cannot be beat, if only for the excellent Netflix interface and the USB Divx capability, the addition of flawless performance of the Blu ray is a welcome plus. If this player only had You Tube, a better remote, and a more polished menu interface, it would be a serious threat to more "established" brands. Even if you already have a "fancier" player, the NS-BRDVD3 makes a nice addition for an additional player with its excellent Netflix and Divx capability.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Plays 1080p AVI / DIVX / H.264 /MKV !!!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
This is one of the rare (and cheap) Blu-Ray players in the United States that will play 1080p AVI / DIVX / H.264 / MKV files. It initially would not play these files out of the box, but after the ethernet internet firmware upgrade it plays them just fine. I originally was going to go Samsung but then I read reviews that Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, and Toshiba would not play DIVX / AVI files at all with the USA region coding. After the easy firmware upgrade it would play those file formats off of a USB flash drive or files burned to a data dvd. Unfortunately unlike the newer Samsung LED LCD TV's it WILL NOT play these files off of a Western Digital Passport portable hard drive (probably does not have enough power going off of the usb drive for anything other than a flash drive). The only changes I made for a quick setup (other than ethernet firmware upgrade) was to change the video to 16:9 pillar for my Sony projection LCD, turn on the 1080p 24 fps mode, and change the audio from PCM to HD Bitstream (for hdmi or optical HD audio). If you leave the video setting to hdmi auto it will automatically go to the highest resolution your TV can handle, which was 1080i for my first gen 1280 x 720 Sony projection LCD. The remote control infrared signal is incredible weak and the navigation menu is kind of tedious. Fast forward is only 2x off of the usb. Netflix is nice but the addition of Pandora and Youtube would have sold the more expensive wifi model for me - but the USA Samsung wifi model would not play avi or mkv and is very hard to flash if at all without bricking it to a region free model than then could not do Pandora anymore so the point was moot. Otherwise for the money AND the ability to play most of your 1080p favorite avi and mkv file formats this player is unbeatable. Again there is also another version that sells for $50 more with wifi capability but like mentioned above did not currently have Pandora ability yet... I highly recommend this blu-ray player for people that like the freedom to play their avi and mkv files on a blu-ray player. I would suggest to Insignia (and othe other companies as well) to: 1) Make the interface menu simpler with less clicks and verifications 2) fix the anemic remote control and add buttons for input/video/music/usb 3) add extra power to the usb port to be able to play files off of a portable usb hard drive like the Western Digital Passport 4) Improve the fast forward speed if possible 5) And add Pandora and Youtube! But for what it does I am quite pleased and even more so with the price. If it have Pandora (and Youtube) I would have bought the wireless version.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
GREAT!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I got this before christmas and at a great sale price under $100. I had no trouble with this and still don't. while i'm not a great hook up person i did not have any trouble with this product. just wanted to give the bluray thing a try and didn't want to go into to high of a price.....but, glad i got this, haven't had any problems with any dics or blurays........just avatar which took a little while to load but, once there GREAT. i have read a lot of people say that they had trouble with avatar and a lot of people couldn't play it had to get some kind of upgrade but, this player has been fine with all my blurays not trouble at all. the only trouble is the remote it DOES need to be right in line to work but, at the price i would rather have the little problem with the remote than have a lot of trouble playing the dics like some people have had....................i even have a dvd from england that i can't play on my other dvd player but, it plays on this just fine. if i get another hd tv to replace my other old tv i would buy another one of these...............for the price its just great.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great value beyond Blu-RayPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I picked this up on sale, and the sale price greatly impacts my view of the machine. But, when you combine a 1080p Blu-Ray player, standard DVD upconversion via HDMI, Netflix streaming, and the ability to view pictures and movie files via USB, plus an undocumented extra that I'll explain later, it's an absolute bargain at $99. One caveat - I do not have an HDTV - I still have an old 32" SDTV with a max resolution of 480i; the most advanced video input is component. Luckily, the player does contain component video output at 480i, for those of us still in the stone ages. I disconnected my old DVD player and put the Blu-Ray player in its place, hit the power button on the TV, then hit the power button on the Blu-Ray to be greeted with . . . nothing but some wavy lines. However, I discovered that there's a button labeled "resolution" on the remote control. A few presses of this button and the player's splash screen and menu greeted me. Next on the agenda...if you're using an old 4x3 SDTV like me, you'll need to tweak your video output settings to match. After that...establish network connectivity. For some odd reason, I had to switch jacks on my router until it found one that it liked. However, once it did, it quickly established its network connection. Luckily, I did not have to delve into manually setting the IP. I noticed after updating the firmware, I had to reconfigure the video settings. Network settings, however, remained constant. I then upgraded the firmware successfully, on the first attempt, to allow for Netflix streaming. I just followed the prompts to set up the Netflix streaming, entered the code to my Netflix account through my computer, and was promptly greeted by my previously established Netflix instant viewing queue. Netflix streaming works great for me - I have been lucky so far and have not experienced any lag, jumps, or any other video problems. Video quality through the 32" SDTV has not been a problem for me yet. I was able to view pictures through the USB jack, conveniently located on the front of the player. The only problem that I noticed was that the pictures were output in 16 x 9 format, which resulted in a "pinched" appearance on my 4 x 3 SDTV. But for the average person using this on a HDTV, this should not be a problem. And one little bonus that I was not expecting...I was able to view a home video I converted to the .mp4 file format, even though the manual says video is limited to .wmv files. Let's hope this feature stays intact through firmware revisions... One little quirk I noticed...I was watching a DVD, then switched to Netflix. The Netflix videos were then displayed at 16 x 9 resolution, which results in that same "pinched" look I described before. Through the setup menu, I verified that the video output remained 4 x 3 letterbox. Removing the DVD fixed the issue. So, if you're going to watch Netflix videos on a 4 x 3 display, remove your discs from the player first. Overall, this $99 Blu-Ray player is a great bargain, if you know what you're doing around electronics and aren't afraid to read the user manual.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Simple set up and easy to usePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I am really enjoying this player. It was easy to set up and the video play quality is very good. I have not played with the extra offers on a blue ray disc but did log on to one promotion and it was easy and fast. I really enjoy the ability to stream Netflix and would love it if they would add on a service like Amazon Video on Demand. I do get odd error messages such as I have not configured my internet connection correctly. I finally figured out it is just looking for a USB devise. It has never affected the performance thought so it is not an issue and will hopefully be corrected in a future update. I also tested out loading some pictures on to test out the slide show capability. Perhaps because I am using a Mac it sees all of the invisible files as well so it is a little more labor that I would like to add my photos. Because it see those files I can not select the option to 'add all photos' without getting an error message because it is seeing a file format the box does not support. Once I add them in though it played easily. The user interface is pretty simple but I think it could use a little more finesse such as on screen instructions and feedback or contextual help but overall I found this to be a great value. I also got it on sell so I really feel like I got a lot for my dollar. Just a hint: the options do not show up in the menu for music, photos, or other features unless you have already put in your USB stick or a cd. I think that is great but I was a little confused by that at first. It would perhaps be better if they were dimmed back so you could see that has that capability as soon as you fire the player up.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
It's a Blu Ray playerPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I bought two of these Insignia players within a two week period. Both of them were purchased because of the $99.00 price tag and I needed some Netflix devices. The added bonus is the fact they are Blu-ray players. Only one of these players is connected to a high def tv but not currently with an hdmi, so I cannot comment on how brilliantly they might look in HD. These players are ok. There are many things I do not like about them such as the remote is non responsive half the time and cannot control any other devices such as the tv. The player load time is very slow and noisy. Even if I want to watch Netflix and happen to have a dvd loaded in the tray, I have to wait for the dvd to finish loading before I can switch to the setup menu to play netflix. I am unsure if there is a button on the remote for Netflix but I have yet to find it if it exists. The player sounds like it is breaking when it loads dvds, it is so loud. I have only tried playing one wmv file on a usb flash drive and it worked fine. There is not much else to report other than the player does its ' job and provides a netflix ready device in the mix. This is primarily what the players were purchased for. I must say I do not like the Netflix interface on this device as it is very difficult to find what you are looking for but I am not sure if that is how all Netflix ready devices are. Overall, I would recommend this player at the $99 price tag especially if you do not have a Blu-ray player and want to see what it is all about.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Good player at great sale price plus NetflixPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Bought this mostly because of Netflix capability and low cost for BluRay player. I wanted to hook up to Netflix via a wireless access point that I was already using with a Toshiba HD-DVD player and a Roku box. First Insignia player I bought would not connect to network via the wireless access point. It failed to find DNS server. It hooked up immediately when hard-wired to a port on my router. Netflix worked great (after firmware update via ethernet). Took that player back to Best Buy and ater talking with Geek Squad, took another one home to try. Second one hooked up to network via wireless access point immediately. Did firmware update and Netflix works fine. I have had losses in connectivity, but these re-establish immediately. The picture is as good, with BluRay, as any other BluRay player including my PS3. The remote is weak, but since I use a Harmony remote, that is not a problem. The transport in the player is noisy and makes worrisome clunking noises when loading a disk. First one did, too. This player plays AVCHD DVD's made from Sony HD camcorder files beautifully. This is no Denon or Oppo, but it does work and it has a 1-year warranty.