Not long ago I asked if DVDs still had a place in the world. The response was incredible, with plenty of readers professing their love for the convenience and quality afforded by disc media.
And let's not forget 3D (which I did in that initial post). If you like your movies up-close and personal, you'll need a 3D-savvy Blu-ray player. Like, say, this one: TigerDirect has the Toshiba BDX4150 3D Blu-ray player for $62.99 shipped. That's after applying coupon code OMH57403 at checkout.
The BDX4150 is new, not refurbished. That's a rarity for a name-brand player at this price point. And it's fully 3D-ready, meaning if you own a 3D-ready HDTV, all you need to do is pop in your 3D version of "Despicable Me" and sit back while those cute little minions fly at your face. (I seriously dig that movie.)
Granted, that's probably not a huge selling point for most buyers, but it's nice to have the option. You're probably more interested in streaming capabilities, of which the BDX4150 has many: Blockbuster, CinemaNow, Netflix, Pandora, VUDU, and YouTube.
Alas, Amazon and Hulu aren't on that list, and you'll need an Ethernet connection to take advantage of all this streaming goodness. There's an available Wi-Fi adapter, the Toshiba WLM-10NB1, but it's hard to find and sells for around $50. Bleh.
That said, if you have Ethernet near your TV (or you use a powerline kit like the Zyxel PLA407, which Newegg has on sale for $54.99), you're all set.
For those who want their "Lord of the Rings" flicks looking as sharp as the tip of Legolas' arrow, or who want to relive "Hugo" in three dimensions, a player like the BDX4150 is hard to beat. Especially for $63 out the door.
Bonus deal: Looking for an entry-level, no-contract Android phone? Head to your local Best Buy, where you can now score the Virgin Mobile LG Optimus V for $79.99 plus tax. (Alas, it's in-store only.) That includes a $35 airtime card, which is like getting a month of service free. (Virgin's no-contract plans start at $35.) I've used this little phone, and it's solid if unremarkable.