Though TVs with built in Blu Ray players are very hard to find now, they were quite popular in the past. In this article you’ll find the best alternative to a TV with a built-in Blu Ray.
Table of Contents
- 1 Our Recommendation – Buy This Combo Instead
- 2 So Why Were TVs with Built-in Blu Ray Players Discontinued?
- 3 Advantages of TVs with Built-in Blu Ray Players
- 4 Disadvantages of TVs with built in Blu Ray players
- 5 Conclusion
Sony produced the Sony Bravia KDL40EX43BU 40-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Internet TV with Integrated Blu-ray Player and Freeview HD model a few years back, however production was discontinued shortly after and the only available ones are used.
Amazon.co.uk reports the TV unavailable. This undoubtedly was the best TV Blu Ray combi ever – even the customer reviews were excellent but according to some reports, there were too many returns. There are however, TVs with built in DVD players that are still available in the UK.
Our Recommendation – Buy This Combo Instead
The most common reasons why people look for a built-in Blu Ray player are portability, space saving, price and ease of use. If you have the same reasons, then we recommend you consider the following combination:
Samsung UE32J5100 Full HD 1080p 32-Inch LED TV (2015 Model) [Energy Class A+]
LG BP250 Blu-Ray and DVD Disc Player with Full HD Up-scaling and external HDD playback
This combination will cost you £248.00 and you’ll be equipped with a Full HD system that plays DVD and Blu Ray on one of the finest Full HD TVs of 2016 with built-in Freeview.
So Why Were TVs with Built-in Blu Ray Players Discontinued?
The main problem came in performance and cost that resulted in decline of sales followed by most manufacturing companies stopping their production.
One of the factors that led to the decline in popularity of the combo TVs is the convenience of buying the two devices separately and avoiding the risky investment of having the two in one unit. Many people also believe that by combining the two, the quality and performance of each declines.
Nowadays, new TVs with a built in Blu Ray are almost impossible to find, to get one you will probably have to buy a second hand model since most brands stopped manufacturing them.
Advantages of TVs with Built-in Blu Ray Players
Despite their decline, combos had some advantages that included:
Setting up one device is convenient for people who prefer a simpler option. In addition, there is only one remote to control making operations easier. Switching from watching TV to watching Blu Ray and vice versa is easy, fast and seamless.
Economy of space
When it comes to bedrooms, kitchens and other small spaces within a house, a combo TV comes in handy to save on space cutting out extraneous devices keeping everything neat and simple.
A TV with a Blu Ray player built in is ideal for people with limited living space for example in college dorm rooms and small apartments.This also applies for restaurants, receptions and waiting areas.
With the two functions combines into one, there will be only one cable connecting the TV to the power source, however if the devices are separate there needs to be a cable from the TV to the power, from the Blu Ray player to the power and a video source cable that will connect the two. This significantly cuts down on clutter and unsightly tangled cords behind the TV.
When buying a gift for the elderly, young children or people with mobility problems a TV with a built in Blu Ray Player is ideal with the ease of using one remote only and easy functionality.
For those who use caravans or boats, a TV, Blu Ray player combo is a great travelling companion.
Some devices coming with a special power ports that can easily be hooked to a power source of a camper or a boat. The power consumption is also significantly lower than when two devices are used separately.
Disadvantages of TVs with built in Blu Ray players
While TVs with built in DVD Players are still available, hardly any TVs with built in Blu Ray are available these days and the reasons why TVs with Built In Blu Ray Combos are not very popular are as follows:
Fixing and upgrade problems
Buying a combo is equivalent to putting all your eggs in one basket. If you encounter problems with the TV, you will probably have to replace the entire system. The same applies if you decide to upgrade to a bigger or better TV, you will have to purchase an extra Blu Ray player since the one in the TV cannot be removed.
Generally, the Blu Ray component is more likely to spoil before the TV does. However, while the component is being repaired, the user will not have access to the TV as well.
In built DVD/ Blu Ray players tend to be module replacements and spares are therefore not easily available.
Performance and dependency
Separate devices have more features and better performance than when the two are combined.
The Blu Ray player in a combo is also highly dependent on the TV component. Ordinarily, users replace Blu Ray players and DVD players more often than they replace TVs partly because they have more movable parts and therefore spoil faster and also because they are much cheaper.
Consequently, many people prefer combos for secondary usage where a house has multiple TVs.
Only available in small sizes
Most TVs with built in Blu Ray players are only available in relatively small screen sizes with the largest models being 32″ models. The most common sizes are 20″, 27″ and 32″. Therefore if a user wants a bigger screen, they have to opt for a separate TV.
Limited Brand Selection
Most established brands do not produce TVs with built in Blu Ray players. Buyers with a preference for established manufacturing companies such as Samsung, Panasonic and LG will not find combo TVs.
Leaving only smaller less known brands in the market. This also translates to combos lacking most of the latest technological updates that enhance the viewers experience.
Functionality – Price Trade Off
A TV with built in Blu Ray player comes with compromises in functionality. The cost of a TV with a built in Blu Ray player is higher than the cost of buying a TV separately added to the cost of buying a DVD/Blu Ray player.
In comparison to a normal TV of the same cost, the functionality of the TV in a combo will be significantly less. The same applies to the DVD/ Blu Ray player.
In the consideration of cost, maintenance and repair costs are also significantly higher.
All factors considered, TVs with built in devices are mainly a good buy for situations where space is limited and therefore multiple devices with lots of cables will be a major inconvenience.
They are also good for gifting to elderly people or those with mobility problems, for a student going off to university, or for carrying along for holiday on a boat or a caravan.
However, for those who want a superior viewing experience with additional features and high quality pictures, in the long run, it is best to purchase the two devices separately.