Move over, PS3. Our current favorite Blu-Ray player is about to get knocked off its perch by the new Sony BDP-550 Blu-Ray Player ($500; Fall 2008). The slim, blue-faced player offers support for Blu-Ray 2.0 spec, Bonus View PiP, and BD-Live, and features a 1GB storage device, 1080/60p and 24p True Cinema output, 7.1 channel Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, dts-HD High Resolution Audio, and dts-HD Master Audio decoding and bit-stream output, as well as 7.1 channel analog audio output.
Like an Apple TV on steroids, the LaCie LaCinema ($230) is not only the same price as the fruit-branded set-top box, but also offers similar features with real internal storage — either 500GB, 750GB, or 1TB. Simply drag your audio and video content over from your PC or Mac, and then connect the LaCinema to your TV. It supports most popular audio and video formats, including videos up to 1080i resolution, making it yet another nice addition to your HDTV.