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Sony BDP-S1200

Blu-ray player with networking

15 Reviews | 1 question - 9 answers

Item # 158BDP1200

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Our take on the Sony BDP-S1200

Let's say you're finally ready to sit down and watch that TV show everyone's been talking about. You grab the Season One Blu-ray box set you borrowed and pop the first disc into the Sony BDP-S1200. Thanks to Sony's Quick Start/Load feature, within a few seconds you're immersed in the beautiful scenery and hanging on every line of dialogue. Before you know it, you've savored every moment of the first season and you want to jump right into the next one. You can scroll through Sony's menu and quickly find Season Two on Netflix®, Hulu Plus™, Amazon Instant Video, or one of the many other streaming apps available on the 'S1200 — you have access to over 200 online apps in all.

Several ways to binge-watch

Let's say you're finally ready to sit down and watch that TV show everyone's been talking about. You grab the Season One Blu-ray box set you borrowed and pop the first disc into the Sony BDP-S1200. Thanks to Sony's Quick Start/Load feature, within a few seconds you're immersed in the beautiful scenery and hanging on every line of dialogue. Before you know it, you've savored every moment of the first season and you want to jump right into the next one. You can scroll through Sony's menu and quickly find Season Two on Netflix®, Hulu Plus™, Amazon Instant Video, or one of the many other streaming apps available on the 'S1200 — you have access to over 200 online apps in all.

USB input gives you more entertainment options

The BDP-S1200's front-panel USB port opens up the possibilities for sharing your pictures, videos, and music. Simply connect your USB device or thumb drive and start watching a slide show of your latest trip on an HDTV. Or perhaps you have that perfect playlist for a party. What better way to compete with crowd noise than to play it through your home theater speakers? Shot a wacky video of the dog or the kids? Again, display it on the big screen so everyone can watch and laugh along with you.

Key Features:

  • plays Blu-ray discs, DVDs, CDs and rewriteable CDs
  • Internet-ready with 200+ apps for playing TV shows, movies, and music, including Netflix, HuluPlus, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube™, and Pandora (subscriptions required for some services)
  • Quick Start/Load mode swiftly queues up a disc from the "off" position
  • BD-Live and BonusView support for added bonus features with compatible discs (requires external USB storage device)
  • remote control
  • plays Region A Blu-ray discs and Region 1 DVDs
Technical Specs:
  • selectable video resolution up to 1080p, with video upconversion for DVD
  • built-in audio decoding for Dolby® Digital, Dolby TrueHD, DTS®, and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • front-panel USB port for use with external hard drives and thumb drives
  • HDMI output
  • coaxial digital audio output
  • Ethernet port for Internet connectivity
  • 10-1/2"W x 1-3/4"H x 9-1/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Trouble free so far with good streaming capability and offering a good number of services. Picture quality is excellent.

Forrest, charlottesville, VA

What's in the Box:

  • Single-disc Blu-ray player
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 5' DC cord)
  • Wireless remote control (RMT-B126A)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • Simple Manual
  • Warranty Information
  • Online Product Registration
  • Software Update Notification
  • DIRECTV brochure

Sony BDP-S1200 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(15 Reviews)

Good value

Forrest from charlottesville, VA on 1/29/2015

Trouble free so far with good streaming capability and offering a good number of services. Picture quality is excellent.

Pros: User friendly, good value, good number of streaming options

Cons: Shape prohibits stacking

superb blu-ray


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Cons: NONE

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RecordRoman from Connecticut on 1/6/2015

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Great price and Crutchfield service for a Sony made this a no-brainer to give as a Christmas gift.

Pros: Inexpensive, name brand, brand new friom a trusted seller


Great blue ray player

John from Walton, ny on 12/27/2014

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Great player, very clear picture, easy to use, online features are great my old player didn't have online.....

Pros: Can't beat the price for a great player

Cons: Don't have any

Good price

Dayne from Hershey PA on 12/16/2014

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You get what you pay for. Great price for name brand product. No extras. Simple to use

Pros: Simple to set up Simple to use Great price after rebate


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Bob from CT on 12/1/2014

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This Blue Ray player is fantastic. Simple to use. Simple to hook up. Picture quality is perfect.

Pros: Easy to us. Easy to set up. Small and compact.

Cons: None


Pete W from Washington on 11/22/2014

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I have an UHD 4K TV - so I only needed a basic blue ray player. It works great.

Pros: Size, Easy to use remote

Cons: none

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Ron from Sacramento on 11/20/2014

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I found the price exceptional, the service was great and the deliver was on time. The player is a good value for the quality found in the player.

Pros: As listed; service and price

Cons: None

Blu Ray Player.

wessman from Utah on 11/3/2014

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Nice item. Secure packaging. Plays great. Smooth deal.



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DennisK from Mendon, MA on 10/12/2014

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Simple to setup. Basic unit. Great price.

Pros: Great value.

Cons: None

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DK from Florida on 9/27/2014

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Best value in a Blu Ray player that I have found!

Pros: Super easy set-up and operation. Compactness. Great picture quality, even on old DVDs.

Cons: None

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RichardM from Burlington N.C. on 9/7/2014

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This Sony DV Blue ray player has worked well for me. It is a very compact unit, so far I am pleased with it.

Pros: Good Picture, compactness, and ease of operation.

Cons: So Far None

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reg from memphis, tn on 9/4/2014

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best one out there for the price; the usb port included is a must for those of us with many thumb drive images.



Compact and great features.

Mo from Fairfax,VA. on 7/21/2014

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Love how compact and the great features this unit has to offer. This is my second one and will probably buy another. Got it fast and free shipping.

Pros: Compact unit and remote,great features.

Cons: None.

excellent product

Roadkill from seminole, fl on 6/5/2014

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Haven't found anything wrong with the device. Bought another one of these and the wifi version for my in-laws.

Pros: Easy setup

Cons: none so far


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Surround Sound Decoding Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby TrueHD
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS-HD Master Audio
4K Ultra HD No
3D Capable No
Internet Movie Streaming Neftlix,Hulu,Vudu,YouTube
Built-in Wi-Fi N/A
DLNA Certified No
Smartphone App Control No
DVD Video Upconversion 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Multibrand Remote Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
CD-R Capable Yes
CD-R/W Capable Yes
SACD Playback No
DVD-Audio Playback No
Digital Optical Output None
Digital Coaxial Output 1
HDMI Outputs 1
HDMI Version 1.3
Ethernet Ports 1
Analog Audio Outputs None
1080p Video Output Yes
Component Video Outputs None
RS-232C Port None

Product Research

Disc & USB Compatibility
Video Section
Audio Section
Network/Internet Functions
Convenience Features
Remote Control

Disc & USB Compatibility

Disc Compatibility: The Sony BDP-S1200 Blu-ray disc player is compatible with many disc types:

Disc Type Disc Description
Blu-ray BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE
CD CD-Audio, CD-R, CD-RW

Blu-ray Disc: Blu-ray disc is a next-generation, optical disc format the enables the ultimate high-definition entertainment experience. Blu-ray disc provides these key features and advantages

  • 1080p Video Resolution: Blu-ray disc delivers full 1080p video resolution to provide pristine picture quality.
  • 25GB/50GB Capacity: Blu-ray disc offers up to 5x the capacity of standard DVDs; 25GB for single layer disc and 50GB for dual layer disc.
  • 7.1ch Audio: Blu-ray disc provides as many as 7.1 channels of native, uncompressed surround sound for crystal-clear audio entertainment.
  • Enhanced Interactivity: Enjoy such capabilities as seamless menu navigation, bonus features, and network/internet connectivity.
  • DVD Compatible: Blu-ray disc players enable you to continue to view and enjoy your existing DVD library.

Note: Like DVD, BD uses region codes. The region code on your disc must match the region code on your player, otherwise the disc will not play. The BDP-S1200 is Blu-ray region A and DVD region 1. Blu-ray Disc uses the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) to prevent unauthorized recording of copyrighted material.

Firmware Updates: As Blu-Ray technology continues to evolve, new disc types with enhanced functionality will become available. In order for you to enjoy this new functionality, you will likely be required to update the firmware in your player. These firmware updates will become available for downloading from the Internet. Occasionally, Sony may release updated firmware for this unit that may add or improve the way a feature operates. These updates are available free of charge. This unit is capable of checking the firmware automatically when connected to the Internet via broadband connection.

Note: The tested Sony BDP-S1200 Blu-ray player contained firmware version M19.R.0071 with an immediate update for firmware version M19.R.0112 (as of 3/20/2014). Visit the Sony eSupport Site for the latest firmware update information.

USB Port:  The front-panel USB (type-A) port allows you to play photo, videos, and music files on a connected USB device. The player can recognize Mass Storage Class (MSC) Devices that are FAT-compatible and Still Image Capture Devices (SICD) class devices. The player can recognize up to 500 folders/files. The USB port also allows you to enjoy additional content (such as BonusView) on certain Blu-ray Disc titles. Some BD-ROMs have bonus content and other data which can be downloaded to an inserted USB Flash Drive (minimum 1 GB recommended, sold separately).

Compatible Audio/Video/Photo Formats: The Sony Blu-ray disc player supports playback of the following audio/video/photo files recorded on BD-R/RE, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs; plus compatible USB memory devices.

Media Format File Type
Video AVCHD, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Motion JPEG, WMV9, XVID

Video Section

HDMI (ver.1.3): The BDP-S1200's HDMI (v.1.3) output simplifies A/V connections by carrying video and digital audio in one cable. The HDMI resolution can be fixed at 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p, or set to Auto, which selects the highest resolution accepted by your television.

Note: This player does not offer any analog audio/video outputs.

Precision Cinema HD Upscaling: Through the HDMI output, the BDP-S1200 is capable of upscaling the resolution of your standard DVDs. Output options include Auto (highest resolution accepted by the TV), 1080p (60 Hz video or 24 Hz), 1080i, or 720p. If necessary the output resolution can also be set to 480p or 480i. You can also choose to bypass the Blu-ray player's scaler, so the source material's original resolution is passed to your connected TV.

24p Output: Movies are typically recorded on film with a frame rate of 24 frames per second. When a movie is transferred to Blu-ray Disc at 24 frames per second the BDP-S1200 will output that signal to the TV (if the TV will accept the 1080p/24 format) with no need for conversion.

Triluminos Color: The BDP-S1200 Blu-ray player incorporates Sony's Triluminos Color technology to provide a wider color gamut with rich, authentic color and a far more natural viewing experience with a heightened sense of depth.

Deep Color: The Sony Blu-ray player supports a color depth of up to 12 bits. Connecting the player and a TV that supports Deep Color via HDMI allows more accurate color reproduction than when connecting it to a TV that does not support Deep Color. The Deep Color function can be set to 10-bit, 12-bit, Auto, or Off. 

Screen Settings: The Sony BDP-S1200 features the following screen settings:

  • TV Type: You can select a 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio for the unit's video output to match your connected Television's screen aspect ratio.
  • Screen Format: You can select the display configuration for a 4:3 screen picture on a 16:9 wide screen television. You can choose Full or Normal (select when connected to a TV with a wide mode function; displays a 4:3 screen picture in 16:9 aspect ratio even on a wide-screen TV) or Normal (changes the picture size to fit the screen size with the original picture aspect ratio).
  • DVD Aspect Ratio: You can select the display configuration for playback of 16:9 screen pictures on a 4:3 screen TV. You can select from Letter Box or Pan & Scan.

Video Settings: The BDP-S1200 offers the following video adjustments:

  • Picture Quality Mode: You can select from 3 preset pictures settings (Standard, Brighter, Theater) for different lighting environment.
  • BNR: Reduces the mosaic-like block noise in the picture.
  • MNR: Reduces minor noise around the picture outlines (mosquito noise)
  • I/P Noise Reduction: Improves the picture quality of Internet entertainment.

Cinema Conversion Mode: The Sony Blu-ray player offers two Cinema Conversion Modes - (1) Auto mode automatically detects whether the material is video-based or film-based, and switches to the appropriate conversion method. (2) The Video mode is suited for video-based material and will always be selected regardless of the content.

BonusView: The BonusView feature provides picture-in-picture capability with select Blu-ray Disc titles. You can view addition content (such as director/actor commentary) in a small display window while the movie is playing.

Audio Section

Surround Sound Decoders: The BDP-S1200 has built-in Dolby Digital and DTS surround processors; multi-channel PCM Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD High Resolution, and DTS-HD Master Audio are output through the HDMI jack (when encoded on the Blu-ray Disc).

  • Dolby Digital Plus: Dolby Digital Plus was developed as an extension to Dolby Digital. The audio coding technology supports 7.1 channel surround sound. Dolby Digital Plus also includes the standard Dolby Digital bit stream and is compatible with all current Dolby Digital processors using the coaxial digital output.
  • Dolby TrueHD: Dolby TrueHD is a lossless coding technology that supports up to 8 channels of multi-channel surround sound for the next generation optical discs. The reproduced sound is true to the original source bit-for-bit.
  • DTS-HD High Resolution Audio: DTS-HD High Resolution Audio supports a maximum sampling frequency of 96 kHz, and 7.1 multi-channel surround. DTS-HD High Resolution Audio has a maximum transmission rate of 6 Mbps, with a lossy compression.
  • DTS-HD Master Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio has a maximum transmission rate of 24.5 Mbps and uses lossless compression (Lossless), and DTS-HD Master Audio corresponds to a maximum sampling frequency of 192 kHz, and maximum of 7.1ch.
Note: Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD are only output via the player's HDMI output.

Digital Audio Outputs: The BDP-S1200 is equipped with a coaxial (RCA) digital output. The Audio menu allows you to select the digital audio format that is passed through the coaxial digital output. Settings allow you to transfer Dolby Digital and/or DTS sound tracks, or down-mix surround bitstreams to 2-channel PCM audio.

Audio Settings: The BDP-S1200 allows you to adjust the following audio settings:

  • AV SYNC: Synchronize the picture and sound by delaying the audio output in relation to the picture output; 0 to 120 milliseconds.
  • Audio DRC: The player offers three dynamic range compression levels - Auto, On, Off.

Network/Internet Functions

Wired Network Connection: The Sony BDP-S1200 Blu-ray player supports a wired network connection. The Sony BDP-S1200 Blu-ray player is equipped with an Ethernet (LAN) RJ-45 jack for connecting the player to your home network and computer. Via the Blu-ray player's network connection your can enjoy music, video, and still-image files stored on your computer. You can also listen to internet radio and watch online movies, via Bravia Entertainment Network.

Bravia Entertainment Network: Once the Sony BDP-S1200 has been connected to your home network (via Ethernet or WiFi), you can have your favorite internet content delivered to the Sony Blu-ray player via Bravia Internet Audio/Video or the Opera TV Store. You can stream movies, videos, music, and more with Bravia Internet Video, while The Opera TV Store lets you download additional apps.

  • Bravia Internet Audio/Video: Bravia Internet Audio/Video serves as a gateway to online audio/video content, delivering a variety of on-demand entertainment straight to the Sony Blu-ray player. Bravia Internet Audio/Video allows you to instantly stream a wide variety of movies, TV episodes, videos, and music from a large selection of entertainment apps.
  • Opera TV Store: The Opera TV Store provides a collection of additional downloadable web apps that are optimized for TV viewing. These apps range from videos, games, weather, news, world clocks, and social networks.
Note: Sony's Bravia Entertainment Network requires a home network with a connection speed of at least 2.5 Mbps recommended (10 Mbps for HD content). Video quality and picture size vary and are dependent upon broadband speed and delivery by content provider.

Bravia Internet Audio/Video Library: Click here for a full list of Sony Entertainment Network content (over 200 streaming services). The chart below lists many of the popular pre-installed Bravia Internet apps (as of 3/20/2014).

App Categories Pre-Installed Apps
Movies Video Unlimited, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, Flixster, and more.
Music Music Unlimited, Pandora, Slacker, Berliner Philharmoniker, NPR, and more.
Social Media YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, and more.
Sports MLB.TV, NHL GameCenter, NBA Game Time, AAC Digital Network, XOS College Sports,, Billabong's, and more.
Lifestyle AOL On, eHow, Livestrong,,, Epicurious,,, Wired, uStudio, and more.
News NewsLook, TV Guide, CelebTV, TMZ, WeatherNation, and more.
Note: Online content may require additional fees and/or PC registration. Available online content may change without notice.

BD-Live: BD-Live technology allows you to download and stream bonus content such as additional scenes, shorts, trailers, movie-based games, and more from a broadband Internet and home network connections (fees may apply). The Sony Blu-ray player features an Ethernet port to connect to the Internet via your home network and features front-panel USB port for additional storage.

Note: You must have a minimum 1GB USB memory device inserted in the unit's front-panel USB port in order to download content from BD-Live.

Convenience Features

Quick Start: Quick Start speeds up the load time on movies, so discs start faster after they're inserted into the Blu-ray player. The Sony Blu-ray player has a start-up time of approximately 0.5 seconds in Quick Start mode (21.3 seconds in normal mode). In Quick Start mode, it takes approximately 19.1 seconds for a Blu-ray disc to begin playback (29.7 seconds in normal mode).

Note: The Start Up/Play Back Time tests were started with the Blu-ray player initially turned off and in standby mode. The Start Up Time test was stopped when the player's Home Menu screen appeared. The Play Back Time test was stopped when the Blu-ray disc began playback.

On-Screen Display: The Sony BDP-S1200 provides an OSD via its HDMI output. The on-screen text can be set to English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese. The unit does not offer a front-panel display.

Auto Display: The player automatically displays information on your TV screen when changing the viewing titles, picture modes, audio signals, etc..

Screen Saver + Auto Standby: The screen saver image appears when you do not use the player for more than 10 minutes while an on-screen display, such as the home menu, is displayed on your TV screen. The screen saver image helps prevent your display devices from becoming damaged. If any button on the player or remote is not pressed for more than 20 minutes, the player automatically returns to standby mode.

Parental Control: The Sony BDP-S1200 offers Parental Control settings to limit BD, DVD, and streamed Internet video according to the age of the users. You can also Allow or Block all unrated Internet video. The control settings are protected by a custom 4-digit password. You can also lock the disc tray to prevent it from being opened by mistake.

Energy Star Compliant: The Sony BDP-S1200 Blu-ray player meets Energy Star standards. Electric power consumption is significantly reduced during both use and standby.

Remote Control

Multi-brand Remote: The supplied remote operates the Blu-ray player and a Sony TV's power on/off, input select, and volume up/down. The remote even has a dedicated Netflix button for immediate access to your Netflix movies. The remote is also pre-programmed with power, input, and volume controls for several other brand TVs.

HDMI Control (Bravia Sync): Sony components compatible with the HDMI Control function can be controlled via the HDMI connection. This includes convenient features like One-Touch Play and System Power-Off.

USB Keyboard Compatible: The Sony Blu-ray player also supports the connection of a USB 101 keyboard, which makes web browsing simpler.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

1 question already asked

Did not hook up the wifi. [ WILLIAM G  Nov 14, 2014 ]
Did not use WiFi w/it [ WILLIAM G  Oct 24, 2014 ]
Yes it does.. all good! [ GERRY A  Oct 17, 2014 ]
The Sony BDP-S1200 Blu-ray player supports only a wired network connection. It has an Ethernet (LAN) RJ-45 jack for connecting the player to your home network and computer. Via the Blu-ray player's network connection your can enjoy music, video, and still-image files stored on your computer. You can also listen to internet radio and watch online movies, via Bravia Entertainment Network. The BDP-S3200 is the lowest priced Sony model that features a Wi-Fi connection: [ Jeff  Oct 16, 2014 ]  Staff
No. It can connect to the internet, but you have to have it connected to your router with a cord. [ Karen  Oct 15, 2014 ]
sorry - only used to play blue ray and dvd. manual suggests that wi fi is a capability. grc [ GILBERT R  Oct 15, 2014 ]
No, I don't think so. [ JOHN  Oct 15, 2014 ]
do not know- use as movie projector-sorry [ OCEAN BEACH  Oct 15, 2014 ]
The S1200 does NOT include Wi-Fi capability. It must be linked to your router/modem via Cat5/Cat5e cable. As far as I can tell, all the other Sony BDP-S### versions include wi-fi capability. [ Gary  Oct 15, 2014 ]