LG Blu-ray Player w/ USB Rec & Playback

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LG Blu-ray Player w/ USB Rec & Playback
Price: $29.99
Shipping Options:: $5 Standard
Shipping Estimates: Ships in 1-2 business days (Wednesday, Aug 27 to Thursday, Aug 28) + transit
Condition: Refurbished

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Need support? Check out the support page and OK reviews (3 out of 5 eggs) over at newegg.com

Reviews at Amazon for the LG BP135 (new)

What, exactly, does it “record” to USB?

I was curious about this too … based on what I saw in the amazon reviews, the recording is limited to ripping audio CDs to USB.

LG Homepage

Does this play the various HD .avi and .mkv files (and others)via the USB?

Yup. That’s it. Audio from CD to USB. Big deal.

It doesnt list what file formats it supports for usb playback

edit:

user manual has the following info
file extension
“.avi”, “.mpg”, “.mpeg”, “.mkv”, “.mp4”, “.asf”, “.m4v” (DRM free), “.vob”, “.3gp”, “.flv”, “.mov”, “.tp”, “.ts”, “.trp”, “.m2t”, “.mpe”, “.m1v”, “.m2v”, “.dat”

codec format
XVID, MPEG1 SS, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, MPEG2 PS, MPEG2 TS, VC-1 SM (WMV3)

audio format
Dolby Digital, DTS, MP3, WMA, AC3

works for me in for one

Why no picture or mention anywhere about the remote? NO REMOTE INCLUDED? Under SPECS “In the BOX” there should be, but isn’t the typical “remote, batteries, and owner’s manual”…

[MOD: Comes with remote]

From looking at the manual, it will “record” from an audio CD to a USB drive. Woooo.

Who cares what it records? What it does do is allows you to hook up that 1TB external hard drive you have all those movie torrents on and allows you to watch them on your TV for only $30.

Yes - is there a remote or not?

[MOD: Comes with remote]

Looks like the downsides to this player are:

  1. No network (wired or wireless), which means no BDLive (if you’re wondering what that is…)
  2. Possible customer service issues

For $20, this will replace my PS3 as primary blu-ray player, and my aging DVD player. If I have to have BDLive for anything, the PS3 is networked. I’m in.

Newegg reviews http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16886979006

Looks like it only runs off a remote… So yes

The PS3 is one of the best Blu-ray players out there, and it can play tons of file formats from thumbdrives. I wouldn’t expect much in the way of image quality from this unit.

I’m wondering about that remote control too, especially since it’s not “factory refurbished”.

Any staff that can help us out?

[MOD: Comes with remote]

This is a very basic BD player. If you are looking for a standalone BD/DVD player that can stream media off an attached USB disk, $35 is not a bad price and LG is not a bad company.

I just replaced the BD player on my Living Room TV. I chose the Sony BDP-S5100 which is available as a manufacturer refurb from Secondipity via Amazon for $55 shipped.

For another $20, you get wired and wireless ethernet, Sony streaming apps, Opera App Store, Amazon Instant and Netflix, Plex and PlayOn support, and 3D.

Unless you really hate the Sony user interface, the BDP-S5100 is a steal at $55. I review it here.

Happy streaming!