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  1. Susurration "profmis" says:
    248 of 249 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Experience Streaming, Blu-Ray & External File Playback, April 30, 2011
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    Susurration “profmis” (PA United States) –

    This review is from: LG BD670 3D Wireless Network Blu-ray Disc Player with Smart TV (Electronics)

    Chose this model because it had streaming, DLNA, and wireless built-in (you don’t need a separate dongle). I have not been disappointed in any of its functions. Wireless connectivity was a breeze – setup was straightforward and this model accepts a 32-character WPA2 security key (unlike previous LG TVs and Blu-ray player models which were limited to 18-20 characters, as I discovered when I bought a wireless dongle for our TV!). The wireless connection seems to be much more stable than with the other wireless devices we have. I occasionally have to turn off and on again to get a connection on startup, but this is unsurprising given how flaky our router is … :-)

    Blu-ray playback is really good. Our first Blu-ray disc looked grainy and I was concerned until I read various forum discussions that criticized this movie transfer. Many Blu-ray movies are apparently intentionally grainy because this duplicates the “film” experience that the director intended. You can use the movie mode on your TV to reduce graininess as this lowers the sharpness setting. Our second Blu-ray disc was really smooth and detailed, as were most of the other discs. Playback resolution is excellent, you can see every pore on someone’s face and the depth of field is amazing. There were no stutters, freezes or glitches with any of the discs we have played. DVD upscaling is also good – I decided it is not worth replacing any DVDs with Blu-ray discs as the upscaled playback in 1080p looks just as good as Blu-ray playback.

    Wireless streaming from Netflix was absolutely painless, once I worked out that the “Netflix ESN” that the player provides in the network setup menu is NOT the code that you need to use for Netflix connection setup. You need to select the LG Premium menu icon which accesses premium streaming services, select Netflix and get the connection code from the setup menu there. Enter the code once on the Netflix website (“Activate a Netflix ready device” in your account settings) and Netflix streaming works automatically after that. Hopefully my experience will save other people hours of trying to connect with the wrong code! Netflix streaming is excellent quality, much better than broadcast TV for most shows. The player seems to stream seamlessly from Netflix with almost no stutters or degraded resolution issues, even for HD movies. The only issues I have seen are when my internet connection is congested (Comcast net access is pretty bad on Friday evenings and Saturdays in my area). I am impressed.

    A recent firmware update (April 2011) added Amazon Video on Demand, which also works great! It is really cool to have these services. The device also offers Vudu, Pandora, Napster etc. but I haven’t used those. Firmware updates are easy, although these do take around 5-10 minutes to load via wireless connection – you need to keep your nerve and not turn off the player, thinking nothing is happening. Eventually, you get a message saying that the download has loaded and the player turns off and on again. If the download fails (which did happen once), the device is not affected (good design).

    I was really impressed by how painless it was to set up media streaming from a PC using DLNA. A copy of Nero Home Media Server essentials was supplied on CD – I installed this, the player automatically detected my PC and presented me with a list of files I could play from the media folder. This was *so* easy! DLNA file-streaming has worked brilliantly: I only experienced problems with one, huge (10 GB) home movie file that stuttered and stopped. Then I discovered the USB connection on the right-front panel of the player. I had been so taken with all of the streaming solutions that I overlooked the easiest way to play media files, which is from an external hard drive or flash drive! The BD670 played the huge file from an external hard drive with no problems. Since then, the player has played everything I have thrown at it: AVI and MKV, etc. using lots of different codecs. With 3 firmware updates in the month that I have owned it, I have a lot of confidence that it is being updated constantly to play all of the latest disc and file formats. So I am a very happy bunny indeed!

    UPDATE: *** Hulu-Plus just appeared on the premium services (network access) menu, as of the July 30th software update! I can’t vouch for the quality, because I am not a member. But the demo videos seem to play just fine … 🙂

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  2. Hectic says:
    221 of 231 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A Couple Steps Up From the BD390, But Not Perfect. (Yet), June 1, 2011
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    Hectic (AL, USA) –

    This review is from: LG BD670 3D Wireless Network Blu-ray Disc Player with Smart TV (Electronics)

    I bought this player a month ago and wanted to wait and get some ample use time with it before I left a review. The LG BD670 is my second standalone blu-ray player, where my first was the LG BD390 (2009 model). (It also really says something when in 2009 I paid $330 for the BD390, yet only 2 years later pay only $154 for the BD670.) I decided to go with LG again because of my experience with past performance and they give all the features I want. As with most blu-ray players like this one firmware updates are a must, so as soon as I got the player connected to my network (wireless) I got it updated to the latest firmware. So far I am pretty impressed with most, but not all aspects of this player. There are 3 main viewing methods I use to watch videos with this player: discs (30%), USB (30%) and streaming/wireless (40%). I’ll give detailed reviews of these since they’re what I use.

    * DISCS: With both the ability to stream AND watch video files via the USB port (as with the 390) I don’t watch as many discs as I use to. There are now of course 2 types of video discs, DVD and blu-ray. What some people don’t understand is that DVD and blu-ray are 2 completely different formats, each with there own disc format. The only thing that they have in common (besides playing A/V streams) is that they both have the same SIZE disc.
    – Blu-rays: ** See UPDATES @ the end of my review about this! ** When I first watched a blu-ray on my BD390 paired with my (then new) Vizio 42″ 1080p 120Hz HDTV I definitely saw the improvement over DVD with a much sharper, clearer picture with much more detail. In fact it sometimes sucks to have that much detail for some of the older/low budget movies that I have on blu-ray because it allows you to see just how bad some of the special effects were (wires, etc.)! I thought the picture couldn’t get any better on my Vizio because I thought that what the BD390 was giving it was as good as what the TV could produce. Well, when I watched some of my blu-rays on the same TV with the BD670…it turned out I was wrong! This player gives noticeable improvement when it comes to playing blu-rays when compared to the BD390. The picture IS actually even sharper/clearer and the colors are more vibrant; not in any grand, vast improvement kind of way, but it is noticeable. I’ve played about a dozen or so blu-rays on it thus far, but it’s been able to play them all without any problems whatsoever…say for one title (so far). “Daybreakers”. I know this title plays just fine because the disc would play in the 390. When I put this disc in to play in the 670, it starts to load up the main menu with its movie icon/progress bar, but then stops about 3/4 of the way through. However the sound will continue to play for the trailers with just a small patch of the video on the screen showing beside half of the logo. I “next track” all of the trailers to try and get to the menu (pressing the “disc menu” button only gives me the “circle cross” icon telling me it can’t do that), but once I’m past all the trailers and the menu is suppose to load up…nothing. It just sits there and doesn’t load up anything. I called LG to make them aware of this problem and the woman I talked to said she would pass along this info to their firmware dept. and look into fixing the problem. (Who knows how long that might take though?!) Hopefully this one title is a rarity, but it makes me wonder out of the over 100 titles on blu-ray I do own and have yet to play on this machine, how many of those might encounter this same kind of problem?
    – DVD’s: ** See UPDATES @ the end of my review about this! ** Surprisingly, this unit DOES have a slight problem when it comes to playing DVD’s! You think the one thing they could get right for this player is to play DVD’s with no problems whatsoever, but sadly no. The audio/video plays fine, but every chapter change there is a half-second skip in the play (more for the audio than the video). It’s barely noticeable, but it IS noticeable. It’s not enough to really bother me, but I can understand other people being bothered by it. If it happened more often in the play, then it would probably get on my nerves more. This is a problem that LG is already aware of and says is working to fix in a future firmware update, but still I contacted them via email about this just to add my complaint to the list. Other than that there is no other problems I’ve experienced. The audio/video quality is great and every single DVD loads up and plays, even some region 0/PAL DVD’s I got from Australia.

    * USB: This is the main reason I bought and have stuck with the LG model blu-ray players. I have plenty of USB flash drives, not to mention external HD’s where I have all my media files backed up on, other things I download from various sources. I just transfer them to a flash drive and plug it into the port and start watching. This…

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  3. jerry uanino says:
    132 of 138 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    good support samba linux mediatomb netflix amazon vod pandora, April 11, 2011
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    jerry uanino (shelton, Connecticut United States) –

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    This review is from: LG BD670 3D Wireless Network Blu-ray Disc Player with Smart TV (Electronics)

    Upsides: Pandora works nicely. Some other nice internet radio options.
    Netflix interface decent.
    The best thing here is the SAMBA, CIFs or Windows file sharing (Whatever you call it) is nice. Works fine with Linux, works fine with MediaTomb upnp server. Couldn’t find right transcoding options, but didn’t need it… good with mp4’s ripped h.264 and does mp3. plays flip video files natively no problem. Pause, rewind, fast forward over streaming (cifs or upnp).
    LCD display shows timecode when playing streams from samba or upnp.
    Bought device to have single device for netflix and home media serving.
    Plays mp3’s nicely.
    Better than ROKU for me since it does SAMBA and UPNP for home streaming, wasn’t clear if Roku did that.
    Wi-FI, wired.
    Oh, and it plays BD’s too, I tested one, but not my primary reason for purchase.
    Unit stays cool, is nice and small and does what I need.

    Downsides: no screensaver in pandora, fearing burn-in.
    Menus kind of laggy.
    No progress meter when updating firmware. LCD indicates updating but should have separate downloading and applying progress when installing firmware. Have seen samsung do this better with progress meter.

    I’d like to add a special item here. LG you did this correctly — you have a sticker for support on the device. Wow. I love you. I called, human answers. No hold time. Sat, Sun, no problem. I had an issue with firmware 268.E within 3 days there was a new 270-something to correct. 268.E added Amazon VOD for me and the other nifty items. Support was very friendly, apologized and was pleasant to work with. I’ve never owned home electronics where they actually had a support line with humans. And the humans called you back with updates on your problem!

    First LG device I own… mad props for the useful human support!

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