The other day my LG Blu-ray player started acting up. On some discs it doesn't load the menu or takes a really long to do so. It has only just started to act this way so something is definitely wrong. I started researching players. At first I looked for a player that could access Flickr. Sharing online photo collections on your TV seems like a use case that many people would want. Apparently not, because I couldn't find a single Blu-ray player that could access Flickr. Oh well, on to the next spec. I wanted a player that could be part of a DLNA network to make sharing media easy. Luckily this is a common feature that most of the modern players have. Lastly I wanted a player that could access Amazon.com streaming videos. I already have an Xbox 360 that can access Netflix, YouTube, TV shows, movies, and music. The only other streaming service that I might need is Amazon. Again, access to Amazon streaming is pretty common now and the current players from Sony, Samsung, LG, and Panasonic all have the feature. After doing all of this research I settled on the Panasonic DMP-BDT110 player. Now is a great time to buy one because the 2011 lineup is getting discounted and the 2012 model players aren't that much of an upgrade. Finally I remembered that I needed to check for component output (ie analog). My entire home theater setup is hooked up by component because both my TV and receiver lack HDMI. This isn't really a problem because I still get a full HD picture. Here's where the MPAA sucks. All Blu-ray players made in 2011 and later either have the component ports crippled or don't have the ports at all. Everything needs to be hooked up by HDMI. This means I can't get a new Blu-ray player until I get a new TV, and probably a new receiver too. The reason for this switch away from analog outputs is supposedly to combat privacy. The problem is, NOBODY PIRATES MOVES OVER ANALOG!! This would involve playing the entire movie and recording it over the analog outputs. Real pirates simply use software to break the copy protection on the disc and rip the movie. Removing analog outputs only hurts honest consumers, not movie pirates. I was planning on upgrading my home theater eventually but not right away. If my Blu-ray player completely stops working I will be unable to watch my HD movies for a while. That's why I say, screw the MPAA, and will somebody put Flickr in a Blu-ray player already!