A thread for discussing blu ray players (instead of filling the BR release thread with hardware posts)
Post about good deals, good players, whatever.
I seem to have just lucked out with my cheapie BR player. I have an Insignia NS-BRDVD3, which is Best Buy's hardware brand and I bought it a couple years ago for $30 refurbished.
Turns out you can download a firmware update for this player which will then let you set the region code for the player, both for DVDs and Blu-Rays. I have installed the firmware and it will let me change the region code, but I don't yet have a blu ray disc to test it on. I did just order the Explosive Media release of Death Rides A Horse, so I'll test it soon 8)
I can confirm that this player does PAL discs just fine, and the forum where I found the firmware instructions reports tested/confirmed on multi-region playback.
I'm not sure on availability, but I imagine you can still find this player on ebay for real cheap, used or refurb, particularly because lots of people were pissed about the crappy remote sensor. I had problems with the remote myself and it finally quit working at all, but after googling I discovered that you can simply take the front panel off, scrape the black paint away from the plastic in front of the remote sensor, and now it works perfectly from way across the room! You can also just drill a hole in the plastic if you don't feel like disassembling the player. (There is a black grid pattern painted on the plastic which blocks the remote signal).
As for the player, the quality is great and for $30, can't beat it- multi-region BR/DVD playback, USB drive for digital file playback, Netflix access
There are also a few other models in this line of players which you can do the same thing with. Here's the forum thread with all the details: