That means that the Profile 2.0 / BD-Live BD-P1500 is only $199.99, a fantastic deal on a full featured player. And that’s not all, if you’re also in the market for an HDTV you can buy one of ten Samsung HDTVs and this player and save $200 – you get the player free. Very nice.
Alternatively, the Profile 2.0 / BD-Live BD-P2500 is $299. What do you get for the extra $100? Internal Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD decoding (both models can bitstream) and 7.1 audio analog outputs (the BD-P1500 has only 2.0 analog outputs). Not a big deal if you have an A/V receiver with decoders, since the BD-P1500 can bitstream the formats over HDMI, which is more convenient anyway.
But that’s not all, the BD-P2500 is also one of the Netflix streaming Blu-ray players. And it not only streams Netflix video, but it will soon support Netflix’s new HD streaming video. Since the dedicated Roku Netflix player is $99, for the price of a BD-P1500 and a Roku box you get all of the functionality in one box.