We actually bought a Blu-ray player yesterday! We were looking for a tape cassette-radio for my mother because her old one broke and she's got a shoebox full of tapes that she loves to listen to.
Anyway, there we were at Best Buy and saw that the Blu-ray was on sale. The sales associate was such a nice fellow and he told us how this Sony Blu-ray would stream Netflix movies wirelessly to the player. No kidding? We wouldn't have to wait at the mailbox for the movies to come? Nope, it would just stream in. How amazing is that?
Last night we opened the box and started the set-up. Art carefully read all the directions. I checked on Netflix to see how we were supposed to tie the two systems together. We needed to get the Blu-ray to connect to our wireless router which is connected to our computer which is connected to our Internet modem.
We tried and tried for over an hour getting the Connection FAILURE message, and finally gave up and went to bed contemplating our options. Option #1: Return the Blu-ray to Best Buy and forget it. Option #2: Return the player and wait for our son-in-law to arrive in December. He was our computer doctor on the mainland. Option #3: Take a hammer to the Blu-ray and scream.
I called my brother, Dennis this morning. I'm glad he was awake, and told him our problem. He came over, checked the Internet for instructions, did a computer hocus pocus and incredibly, magically, fantastically got it to work! How the heck did he do this?
"It wasn't bad," he said. "Think like a computer. You just have to get the Blu-ray player to hand-shake with the router so that they can recognize one another. Then you get the code for Netflix so that they can all work together...."
"Stop!" I said. "You're making my head hurt!"
Then he tells me, "I like to just watch Netflix movies instantly on my computer because the rest of the family don't appreciate the movies I like to watch sometimes."
"What?!?" I was incredulous. "You can watch Netflix instantly on your computer?"
"Didn't you know?" he laughed. "No... You're not telling me you didn't know? Everybody knows that."
Sigh... Nope, not everybody.
So now everything is connected and humming! We can watch some movies instantly on TV or on the computer anywhere in the house and we don't have to wait for movies to come in the mail. (Granted there aren't a whole lot of great instant streaming movies available.)
I'm still in awe of the technology today... if you can just manage to find a relative who has that gift to commmunicate with computers. I'm counting my blessings.
And to be perfectly honest, Dennis was actually Option #1!