If you own a blu-ray player with online connection capabilities, it's one of the easiest ways to access movies and tv shows from the internet. However, these devices are pricey, so if your goal is simply to stream, you will probably want to check out the Roku Player or Apple TV.
- Hook up your blu-ray player to your television set, usually through an HDMI connector.
- Connect your player to your internet connection. If it has WFi capabilities and you have a home wireless network, you can simply connect by supplying your network name and password. You can also use a WiFi adapter that plugs into the player's USB port. Read this to address any potential issues with your Wifi system. If you do not have WiFi, you will need to connect your device to your router with an Ethernet cable.
- Once your television and blu-ray player are connected, and you have internet access on the device, it's time to configure the network settings or setup menu. If you are connected wirelessly, locate the networks available and select, and then provide your password. If your connection requires an Ethernet cable, you will need to select an auto connection (or something similar - you may need to refer to your specific player's directions).
- Once the network is up and running, you can access the player's main menu to see what services are available. It is recommended that you check individual stream service providers' to see which devices they support.
- You probably will need to set up an account with the service of your choice prior to attempting to stream, as most blu-ray players do not support web browsing, except to the services they can connect to. When you set up your account, you may have the opportunity to register your device by putting in a serial number so that the provider recognizes you when you log in to your account to select your movie.
If you already own a large library of blu-ray discs, then by all means, this option is a good one to pursue. However, if you don't own many or any discs, it makes more sense to pursue a different way of connecting to the internet to access online content, as DVD technology will be declining in the next several years. If you have children, a gaming console might be a good choice. If you are empty nesters or otherwise have no desire to play games, a set-top box or internet-connected television set might be your best selection.