"Good Blu-Ray player/streamer"4.0 starson by zapatasghost
Pros: Excellent Bluray performance - albeit slow loading at times. Great picture and sound. Streaming capabilities are Ok. Netflix works and the new version of the app is much improved - although no 5.1 sound via stream. Easy-to-use no-nonsense remote.
Cons: Streaming features such as the Youtube app sucks (very limited search function etc.). No Dolby surround for Netflix streaming. Touch-sensative controls on the face of the player are a bit too sensitive. Regular DVD's sometimes do not load correctly.
Summary: Over-all good player for the money. Doesn't seem to be worth the hassle if you don't have a wired connection (which I do) for streaming. DVD's sometimes don't load correctly where you get stuck either on a blank screen or on the ratings screen requiring either shutting down the power or reloading the disk.Now that I've owned this player for some months now - I now realize that although the BluRay picture is good - it is terrible at reading or starting up regular (non-Blu-ray) DVD's - which is the vast majority of use for this player for me. I don't see an improvement in the picture over my old regular DVD player for non-Bluray DVD's on this player. Getting a regular DVD to read correctly almost always requires a frustrating series of ejecting and closing to allow the player to reread the DVD. It does not have the feature that reads where you left off. Although the Netflix "app" was much improved some months ago (it initially was terrible) - loading a streamed Netflix movie is excruciatingly slow even though it's connected via ethernet. I actually initially thought that the long wait for streaming movies to load was normal until I saw an AppleTV almost instantly load a Netflix movie over a wireless network! Overall, this player has put a sour taste in my mouth for Samsung products.
Updated on Jul 28, 2011
Updated on Jul 28, 2011Oh yeah! When you stream Netflix you get no sound - requiring you to exit the Netflix app completely to access the audio settings then the long wait - again - to reload the Netflix movie.
If I could I would give maybe 2 stars versus my initial 4 stars. The player was inexpensive - but not free!!! I still expect more.