Best Blu-Ray Players

Prices on Blu-Ray players are coming down, and more and more Blu-ray movies are now available, so you may be thinking of getting a player-or giving one.

Consumer Reports has some holiday cheer. Its tests show that there are very good Blu-ray players for well under $200.

Blu-ray players allow you to watch high-definition video discs.

Consumer Reports tested more than two dozen costing from $130 to $700.

"Most of the players that we're seeing now have a new feature called BD-Live, which allows the player to connect to the Internet." said Jim Willcox of Consumer Reports.

This enables BD-Live players to access movie outtakes from movie-studio Web sites.

"Some players with BD-Live are able to access movies, streaming movies from services like Amazon, Video On Demand, Netflix, and Vudu." said Willcox.

In most cases, you need to plug the player into an Ethernet connection. But some let you connect wirelessly.

Consumer Reports testers evaluate Blu-ray players for picture quality, assessing detail and color accuracy.

And they assess how easy it is to use a Blu-ray player.

If you want the BD-Live feature, testers rated this Sony Blu-ray player excellent.

It costs $230.

"The Sony is what's known as a BD-Live-ready player. That means it can connect to the Internet, but you have to add memory for that feature to become active," said Willcox. "It'll probably cost you about 10 to 15 dollars to add the memory you need."

But if you just want to play Blu-ray discs, for much less, consider the $130 Magnavox player.

Testers also rated it excellent.

"The good news is that all the players we tested had excellent picture quality, the feature that's probably most important." said Willcox.

Consumer Reports says keep an eye on store advertisements for Blu-ray players because it expects prices will be coming down, especially around Black Friday.

Some players could drop to $99.

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