LG BP420 3D Blu-Ray player with MKV DLNA, iPlayer, YouTube etc. £89.99 delivered/collect in store @ Currys

LG BP420 3D Blu-Ray player with MKV DLNA, iPlayer, YouTube etc. £89.99 delivered/collect in store @ Currys

Found 22nd Aug 2012
I've been looking for a device that can stream MKV/WMV/WMA/FLAC etc. as well as providing at least basic access to iPlayer, You Tube and Netflix.

I was looking at streaming boxes then an abortive purchase of an ex-dem BD570 showed that it was really quite a nice package that worked surprisingly well with DLNA and streaming content, I went out on the interwebs to try and find a new equivalent.

The LG players seem to have the best mix of services/compatibility (Netflix isn't confirmed on this device, we'll see when I pick it up) and this BP420 is about the sweet spot in terms of price and features.

Currys/Dixons/PC World have it for a penny under £90 which I think is pretty good value considering many streaming-only devices cost around this, and with this you obviously get a decent 2D/3D Blu-ray player thrown in too!

Other Blu-ray players at around this price from Panasonic, Samsung etc. seem to be pretty compromised in DLNA format support and/or online content (no iPlayer for instance) and while I accept that the walled garden approach to content provision on these kind of devices is not ideal, something now is better than nothing at any point.

There's even an app for controlling it from a smartphone/tablet. Whatever next?

Indeed, at only £30-odd more than bargain basement 2D non-networked Blu-ray players it looks like a bit of a bargain. The RRP is £129, other outlets from about £100 upwards.

Most people have a PCW/Currys nearby too if you, like me, want to avoid shipping delay etc.

Edit: Don't forget an astounding 1.5% cashback available too!
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Great value.....hot.
Original Poster
Well, I've confirmed that the UK version of this player doesn't currently have Netflix or Lovefilm support, despite what many reviews say.

Other than that it is great; slicker and faster than the BD570.
Original Poster
Good news, everyone!

A software update yesterday has added/re-added Netflix, Lovefilm, Facebook and a few other apps to the online roster.

Streaming, both DLNA and online, is excellent, often even better than the Windows 7 Media Center that this more or less replaces.

Only thing now wrong with this player is that I can't get the Android app to connect to it. This is an automatic locate on the network - no ability to specify an IP etc. - so I rather suspect I might have to allocate a static IP and try again. That, or LG need to update their app as individual player support is a bit vague.
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