Manufacturer: Sony Part number: BDP-S570/US
- Bottom Line:
- The Sony BDP-S570 has all the features of other midrange Blu-ray players, plus future 3D support and best-in-class operational speed, but its streaming-video performance over Wi-Fi is spotty.
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- Reviewed by: Matthew Moskovciak
- Edited by: David Katzmaier
- Reviewed on: 03/24/2010
- Released on: 03/01/2010
The good: Very good Blu-ray image quality; 3D Blu-ray compatible; Netflix, Amazon VOD, Pandora, YouTube, and Slacker media streaming; built-in Wi-Fi; fastest operational speed we've tested; SACD playback; 1GB onboard storage.
The bad: Inconsistent streaming-video performance using Wi-Fi; some very minor image quality nitpicks.
The bottom line: The Sony BDP-S570 has all the features of other midrange Blu-ray players, plus future 3D support and best-in-class operational speed, but its streaming-video performance over Wi-Fi is spotty.
Very poor Netflix streaming video; Sony in denial.
by scrat1 on May 24, 2010
Pros: Well-made unit with excellent speed (for Blu-Ray) loading/searching/etc. Nice BR video/audio quality. USB port not behind drop-down door on front of unit (and a 2nd USB port on unit's backside). Eject button returns with this model; stable WiFi.
Cons: (1) Very poor Netflix streaming video quality - jerky/choppy that, at times, renders it nearly unviewable.
(2) Primitive remote of inferior quality; no backlightling, with a cheap/flimsy feel.
(3) Very painful to enter alphanumberics for WiFi setup.
Summary: I strongly suggest you buy the Sony BDP-S570 (aka BDP-BX57) from a warehouse store that allows returns without restocking fees, if you have any interest in using Netflix for streaming ...
Summary: I strongly suggest you buy the Sony BDP-S570 (aka BDP-BX57) from a warehouse store that allows returns without restocking fees, if you have any interest in using Netflix for streaming video. The unit has exceptionally poor Netflix streaming video quality - jerky/choppy that, at times, renders it all but unviewable. Unit behaves as if bandwidth-limited on 2 independent DSL connections (DirecTV and ATT) - either when hardwired or using WiFi. Streaming the very same video, at same time, onto a laptop does not reveal any of these "bandwidth" problems however, and strongly suggests the "problem" lies with Sony's Netflix interface rather than either of my DSL connections. Amazon.com videos stream without problem on the BX57. Other reviewers have reported similar Netflix streaming video problems with the BDP-S570 / BDP-BX57. I stepwise lowered the BX57's display resolution from 1080p to 480i, and even tried allowing my 2009 Samsung 120Hz LCD TV to handle the HD processing (instead of the BX57), but all to no avail.
When I contacted Sony's Tech Support by phone I was told they are "unaware of any such Netflix streaming video problems" - which seems unlikely, unless they are prohibited from accessing the internet. Sony Tech Support also expressed no interest whatsoever in examining unbiased reviews with regards to choppiness/jerkiness of streaming Netflix videos, like those available on CNET.com for the BDP-S570 that noted "subpar Netflix streaming video quality". Thus, at the current time, Sony has no plans to issue a firmware flash to fix the problem (or even if such a fix might be possible). I purchased my BDP-BX57 from Costco a couple of weeks ago and will return the unit if Sony does not issue a firmware fix within the next couple of months.
16 out of 21 users found this user opinion helpful.
High Quality Solid Player!
by Jack_Lackey on January 30, 2011
Pros: + Picture using Netflix
+ Audio using Netflix
+ Startup time- 5 stars
Cons: - Netflix Playback
- Netflix Menu
Summary: This is a high quality product and is relatively straightforward out of the box (at least by BR standards). The picture from the player is stunning. Load time for discs ...
Summary: This is a high quality product and is relatively straightforward out of the box (at least by BR standards). The picture from the player is stunning. Load time for discs is quicker than most players.Edit Link
The extra features are laid out nicely in the on-screen menu and are easy to navigate. Notably the wi-fi (while not perfect) seems to work much better than the PS3 wifi. (I have the PS3 and the 570 next to each other in the same video cabinet so I have been able to test the wifi side-by-side.)
The Netflix feature is much easier to use on the 570 than the PS3 version (which requires a disc from Netflix) and has better ff and reverse functions. People buying any BR player for the Netflix streaming feature need to understand that although the concept is wonderful, they are still tweaking this type of movie delivery system. Netflix streaming on the 570 is much improved over the PS3 but still a bit quirky. Sometimes it works great but at other times it pauses too much or cannot load the movie or portion of the movie. This seems to be more of a Netflix issue and will hopefully improve over time.
Bottom line: Excellent picture and good features.
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Updated on Nov 23, 2011
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10 out of 10 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great Blu-Ray player with nice internet capability!
by rreichar on July 6, 2010
Pros: Beautiful Blu-Ray with quick start. Easy to set up. WiFi works great. Lots of internet media options. Netflix streams in HD now that I got a new 802.11n router. Quality was poor with 802.11g router. The menus are simple and easy to navigate.
Cons: Seems a little touchy about the router you use. Had I not had to chase an X-Box live issue I would not have solved the Netflix issue.
Summary: A great Blu-Ray player with excellent WiFi media streaming. I paid $198 for this item and could not be happier with the end result. I was initially very disappointed with ...
Summary: A great Blu-Ray player with excellent WiFi media streaming. I paid $198 for this item and could not be happier with the end result. I was initially very disappointed with the poor quality of Netflix streaming. My son just got a new X-Box 360 and was having issues with the wireless. I finally bought a new router (Belkin Dual Band 802.11n) and that solved both the X-Box Live issues and the Netflix issue. As I write this I am watching "Taxi Driver" in beautiful HD streaming on a 73" screen. I tried to watch it with the old router and it was unwatchable. The user interface is easy enough and all of the setup was simple. My Mitsubishi TV recognized the BR player and programmed the remote automatically so I have not used the Sony remote since the initial setup. Do not let the poor Netflix reviews scare you. You just need to get your wireless network up to snuff. I checked download speeds before and after the router change and it was 6.75mps with both routers. However both the BDP-570 and the X-Box work much better now. I did do a firmware update out of the box and another a couple of days later. That was a painless process over WiFi. It is possible that the second firmware update fixed the Netflix issue. I did the update after setting up the new router but prior to trying Netflix with it. This is a nice little piece of technology that works very well. I would recommend it to anyone.
9 out of 13 users found this user opinion helpful.
Nice, simple DVD player / horrible for Netflix
by Sailcycle on January 11, 2011
Pros: Nice, simple DVD player that is compatable with my other Sony products
Cons: Absolutely horrible for Netflix streaming video.
Summary: Like other reviewers, I purchased this unit (actually, 2 of them) for combination of DVD and Netflix support and integration with my Sony LCD TVs. While I had little problem ...
Summary: Like other reviewers, I purchased this unit (actually, 2 of them) for combination of DVD and Netflix support and integration with my Sony LCD TVs. While I had little problem configuring the units for my Airport Extreme WIFI, Netflix streaming video pauses every 2-15 minutes and requires a reload of the video. Netflix blamed Sony who blamed Road Runner who blamed Netflix. I'm an electronics technician and understand troubleshooting. I eliminated all other drains on bandwidth by disconnecting all but 1 BDP-S570. I then connected it directly to the ethernet cable instead of WIFI. The problem persisted. I should note that Netflix streaming videos play just fine on both my hard-wired PC and my WIFI laptop.
I believe that the issue is inconsistent bandwidth. Because of Turbo Boost, my network speed will jump from 12 Mbps to over 20 Mbps. When Netflix sees my speed, they think I have consistantly large bandwith and size the video download accordingly. Then Turbo Boost drops off and lowers my internet speed back down to 12Mbps. While this speed is still quite fast, the significant change cannot be handled by Netflix. The video then freezes.
Because there's no hard drive in the S570, it cannot simply download, buffer and play video with varying network speed. I'm returning these 2 units (sadly) to Best Buy and looking for an alternative.
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Unsuitable for Netflix
by holgatefam on September 3, 2010
Pros: Fast performance, excellent picture & sound quality, easy setup
Cons: Reloads/buffers incessantly while streaming Netflix
Summary: If CNET reviewers had to take this unit home and use it, I guarantee it would not get four stars. It's possible that some units are flawed, but judging ...
Summary: If CNET reviewers had to take this unit home and use it, I guarantee it would not get four stars. It's possible that some units are flawed, but judging by the frequency of complaints about streaming problems, it would have to be a LOT of them. I really wanted to make the BDP-S570 work, even to the extent of hard wiring my network connection, but it was not possible. The picture is awesome; so is the operational speed. But Netflix just won't work well even after applying multiple fixes, fiddling with settings (set noise reduction to zero, manually set IP addresses, etc) and even connecting via ethernet cable to my network (cable modem & Dlink DIR655 router). The S570 will start reloading and often will do that about every 30 seconds once it starts. After days of working with it, finally found out it wasn't a WIFI issue by running a hard wire to the network - same problem. It could be that Netflix has bandwidth problems during peak times, but other players don't have this much difficulty, so save yourself the headache and buy something else. Also, the Sony Netflix browser is sub-par, only allowing you to see your Watch Instantly Queue, and the movie icons are so small that you have to select each one to see what it is. Traded for the LG BD570, it works great right out of the box, no streaming problems at all. I can live without 3-D.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Excellent BD Player
by judgelog on June 3, 2010
Pros: Load speed of discs and streaming content
Cons: None so far
Summary: I just bought this yesterday and spent about 4 hours playing with it. Very easy to set up, with an elegant interface that is very responsive. I also spent a ...
Summary: I just bought this yesterday and spent about 4 hours playing with it. Very easy to set up, with an elegant interface that is very responsive. I also spent a lot of time loading Netflix movies to test, and I think the firmware upgrade that was downloaded must have corrected the streaming problems. I am connected through WIFI, and I did not experience a single hiccup in the video stream, nor did I notice any quality issues. The image was very sharp, particularly on HD content. Sounds like Sony released this puppy a bit too soon, but luckily the firmware update has corrected it.
The wireless was very easy to set up, and connected without a hitch. I do plan to connect to my router directly to test the difference in quality between the wireless and wired connections.
I was also able to connect to Pandora and a bunch of the other services that CNET said were still pending at review time. Note that the Pandora interface is fairly limited, without many of the controls and options of the web interface, but that isn't a problem as you can manage your stations and the player will load those up easily, much like Netflix.
All in all I'm extremely happy with the s570.
3 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Streaming a problem
by littleredriley on February 2, 2011
Pros: -Streamlined appearance
-Fast load times for dvds
-Hulu Plus app included
Cons: We experienced constant rebuffering while trying to stream netflix and hulu.
Summary: We experienced the rebuffering with wireless, but also with the player directly connected to our modem. I tried calling our internet provider, netflix, Sony tech support, and even our router ...
Summary: We experienced the rebuffering with wireless, but also with the player directly connected to our modem. I tried calling our internet provider, netflix, Sony tech support, and even our router company. Everyone pointed the finger at everyone else. Because our internet speed wasn't the problem, we ended up returning the player to Wal-Mart and purchased the Samsung C6500 instead. So far we haven't had any problems with streaming netflix with the Samsung.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Love it! (I detail how to DLNA stream in this review.)
by billyburg175 on September 26, 2010
Pros: ?Wireless works great with my mediocre Verizon router
?Netflix streams instantly
?Movie rentals from Amazon stream instantly
?Unit is fast: start-up, shut-down, etc.
?DLNA streaming on OSX works great
?Sony customer service answers the phone quickly
Cons: I read the other reviews and noticed that the only real complaint with this product was the wireless connectivity and its effect on Netflix. I purchased from Best Buy thinking I'd return it if I had these issue. I didn't?it works great!
Summary: I purchased the BDP-S570 because I don't want to pay for cable or satellite service. Via wireless internet, I can purchase or stream for free pretty much any music, ...
Summary: I purchased the BDP-S570 because I don't want to pay for cable or satellite service. Via wireless internet, I can purchase or stream for free pretty much any music, movie or TV show with Netflix, Amazon or Pandora.
I'm also a minimalist, so I like the fact that my entire entertainment system involves: a TV with an antenna for local channels, and my BDP-S570?that's it.
I don't have a fancy TV (yet) or much of a Blu-Ray collection?much less 3D films of any kind. But it's good to know I'll be able to accommodate these technologies if and when I adopt them in the future.
My favorite part of this system is something that isn't covered thoroughly by other reviews or product specs at CNET. I'm writing this review because I had to do a lot of research to achieve DLNA connectivity between my BDP-S570 and my Apple MacBook running OSX but once I figured it out, it was relatively easy.
DLNA is a technology that allows you to stream movies, music, and photos from your home computer to your Blu-Ray player.
Here's how to do it: Buy iSedora ($25 from isedora.com) and install on your Mac. Your BDP-S570 will "see" this server (Set-up>Network Settings>Connection Server Settings). Make sure you configure iSedora to stream your stuff as NTSC if you're in the US (the default setting is PAL).
iSedora recognizes lots of file types and transcodes them for your Blu-ray player, but here's how I copied my home DVD collection to my computer:
1) Download MacTheRipper (free). Install it and start it up, put a DVD in your computer, click "GO!", and it will copy your DVD to your desktop.
2) Download HandBrake (free). Install it and start it up. Choose the VIDEO_TS folder that MacTheRipper put on your desktop as the "Source". I use the "iPhone & iPod touch" output settings because they look fine on my TV and the exported movie is only around 500GB. If you have a fancy TV consider a different setting. Click "Start" to export.
3) HandBrake will put a MOVIENAME.m4v file on your desktop. Copy this file into the folder you selected in iSedora to keep your movies in.
4) When you navigate to "Video" on your BDP-S570, you will see iSedora as a navigation option, and you'll see whichever movies you dropped into the appropriate folder.
You can also play MP3s that you have on your computer. Or view a slideshow of your photos. It's pretty slick.
A final thought: the future of home entertainment is not in DVDs and Blu-Ray discs?everything is going to stream (it already does). This is a great product because it allows you to bridge the gap between all the discs you own today and everything you'll download or stream in the future.
I hope that was helpful.
Reviewed on September 26, 2010.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Netflix streaming needs work
by wsm484 on April 5, 2010
Pros: Industrial design, remote, BD and DVD picture quality all top notch.
Setup was painless. Wifi and Ethernet both work great.
Cons: Netflix streaming needs work. The CNET editors' review understated how bad it is.
Summary: [Setup: Sony KDL-52W4100, HDMI connection.]
This is a great BD player. My only complaint is the Netflix streaming picture quality. Unacceptably jerky at 1080p and 720p. Eventually I discovered that ...
Summary: [Setup: Sony KDL-52W4100, HDMI connection.]
This is a great BD player. My only complaint is the Netflix streaming picture quality. Unacceptably jerky at 1080p and 720p. Eventually I discovered that it's actually much better at 1080i. (That's the only reason that I didn't return it and get the LG instead.)
Sony could help here if the Screen Settings did something more sensible for Netflix streaming: when "Output Video Format" is set to "Original Resolution", it does what you'd expect for BD and DVD (1080p and 480p, respectively), but Netflix is still at 1080p. If it would automatically change to 1080i for Netflix, that would save me the hassle of having to remember to dive down into that menu to switch between the two. (That would've earned an extra "star" from me.)
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
We should SUE SONY!
by Explorer83 on January 29, 2012
Pros: I have the same problem. Now I'm thinking how nice it would be if sony would replace all of our devices, with brand new one (Including NETFLIX APP, of course) :)
Cons: If anyone that has a SONY Blu-ray Player containing the same exact issue, regarding `NETFLIX Streaming`
Summary: Feel free and contact me, and lets get on it :)
Summary: Feel free and contact me, and lets get on it :)
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Sony
- Part number: BDP-S570/US
- Description: Begin enjoying Blu-ray Disc movies in Full HD 1080p or DVDs in near HD quality1 faster than ever with the 3D ready Sony BDP-S570 Blu-ray Disc Player . Wirelessly stream photos, videos and music or instantly access a wide variety of entertainment apps including: Netflix , , Pandora , Slacker , Picasa , YouTube and more . You can also turn your iPhone or iPod touch into a remote control by downloading a free app .
- Component type Blu-ray player
- Form factor Tabletop
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 16.9 in x 8.1 in x 1.8 in
- Weight 4.4 lbs
- Enclosure color Black
Network & Internet Multimedia
- Connectivity Ethernet ,
- Internet Streaming Services Netflix ,
BRAVIA Internet Video ,
Slacker Personal Radio
- Home Network Media Sharing DLNA
- DLNA Yes
- Media Type Blu-ray 3D,
- BD profiles Profile 1.1 (Bonus View),
Profile 2.0 (BD-Live)
- Video D/A Converter 12bit / 148.5MHz
- Audio D/A Converter 24bit / 192kHz
- Built-in Audio Decoders Dolby TrueHD,
- Media Load Type Tray
- Blu-ray playback modes Program play
- Blu-ray repeat modes All,
- Upscaling Yes ( Up to 1080p )
- Supported Digital Video Standards AVCHD,
- Supported Digital Audio Standards LPCM,
- Video noise reduction Yes
- Parental lock Yes
- TV screen saver Yes
- Additional features 3D ready
- Sound Output Mode 7.1 channel surround
- Digital Audio Format DTS-HD digital output,
Dolby True HD digital output
- Connector type 1 x Audio line-out ( RCA phono x 2 ) - Rear,
1 x USB ( 4 pin USB Type A ) - Rear,
1 x USB ( 4 pin USB Type A ) - Front,
1 x Component video output ( RCA phono x 3 ) - Rear,
1 x Composite video output ( RCA phono ) - Rear,
1 x Digital audio output (optical) ( TOSLINK ) - Rear,
1 x Digital audio output (coaxial) ( RCA phono ) - Rear,
1 x HDMI output ( 19 pin HDMI Type A ) - Rear,
1 x Network ( RJ-45 ) - Rear
- Type Remote control - Infrared
- Cables Included 1 x A/V cable
- Power Device Power supply - Internal
- Power AC 120 V
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year