What to note when choosing to buy Blu-ray player (Part 1)

The need to buy Blu-ray players to watch high-definition movies is becoming more and more popular. Some basic notes below will help you to easily choose the right Blu-ray player.

Owning a Full-HD HDTV (1080p) without a Blu-ray player is like using a powerful PC just to process Word documents. Currently, the price of Blu-ray players of reputable manufacturers on the market is only 2-4 million VND, so the opportunity to own and enjoy high quality movies is within reach. However, not all Blu-ray players are the same, so before you buy, you need to pay attention to the following factors:

Blu-ray Profile 2.0 support

This factor is less noticeable to the average user, but if you choose to buy a player using Blu-ray Profile 1.1 (or Bonus View), you will not be able to enjoy the new innovative features that Blu- ray Profile 2.0, also known as BD-Live, provides additional content from the web (behind-the-scenes clips, online movie or game interviews).

BD-Live is a new feature of Blu-ray and is also a standard for newer Blu-ray players. It provides Internet content retrieval from supported Blu-ray players and allows download of additional content elements for Blu-ray movies.

BD-Live requires the player to have an Ethernet port (with an Internet connection cable connected) except for wireless players that have at least 1GB of flash memory to store downloaded content. The flash drive can be built into the player or added from a variety of memory cards through the slot on the player.

The vast majority of Blu-ray players on the market today use Profile 2.0 Blu-ray, but older models are still pretty much available. Therefore, when choosing to buy you need to see if they support Blu-ray Profile 2.0 (or BD-Live) or not, you can ask the sales staff.


All Blu-ray players have the ability to play DVDs and CDs, but if the video DVDs or movies copied over the network are contained in the USB drive, not all players will support it.

Therefore, be sure to check the features of the player model you want to buy to see what file types and formats they support. You can refer to the reference players that the movie standards suggest such as DivX, CinemaNow, Netflix…

Each manufacturer has a compatible platform technology but often has its own name, such as Samsung Anynet, Sony Bravia Sync or Panasonic Viera Link, but they are not compatible with other brands’ platforms. Therefore, users should buy a Blu-ray player from the same manufacturer as the HDTV.

Another small convenience when buying a Blu-ray player with the same company with an HDTV is that the remote controller of the player has the basic control for the HDTV, convenient to use.