Pros Plays Blu Ray and DVD with no problems and streams excellent!
Great picture quality and 3D quality
Easy set up, great price
Lots of great apps
Cons Qwerty remote would be nice
Buttons are hard to see
Summary I am very pleased with the Samsung FD-5900's Netflix streaming which is the best I have ever had. It's 1080 and has capability for subtitles etc. which my much older Samsung Bluray did not. It starts up and loads DVD's & Bluray veryfast and choosing Netflix or other on-line services is also much faster than on the old Samsung.Edit:
For those considering Roku for Netflix streaming on this machine to my original, old Roku which only does 720, and has no subtitle capabilities. The new Roku's have higher resolution and subtitle capabilities. While I was very delighted with the Roku's initial performance, later on the numerous updates were buggy and it for week after week it was screwed up (menu system stalled, remote buttons acted as if you pressed them twice). After those bugs were ironed out, it still freezes on occasion, and often takes a long time to load the queue because I suspect that these old units have barely enough RAM to accommodate the increased memory requirements which in my case is maxed out by my Netflix Streaming Queue (close to 500 titles), which is almost certainly way above the average subscriber queue.
I've also had major issues with Roku tech support which I found to be almost always, incompetent and rude, and pretty much useless. Their newer policy, 2 years ago of forcing you to hand over your credit card before allowing you to connect your Netflix account to the Roku is more than annoying and probably illegal. It took over half an hour to get tech support to drop this ridiculous requirement and setup Netflix on a friends Roku. For these reasons, as well as pricing (only the most expensive unit has an ethernet port) and reliability issues, I would not recommend any of these Roku units to anyone.
This Samsung model does a great job with DVD up-scaling and the picture quality of the one or two Bluray titles I have tried is excellent. I got this unit primarily for Netflix streaming (superHD -get more information about this on Netflix Help). Since I don't have a 3D HDTV I can't comment about this feature.
Nor have I tried Wi-Fi connection, but use wired ethernet instead, which is always faster, more reliable, but which may be inconvenient for some people.
If distances and cosmetics, pricing for ethernet cable installation are not a good choice for you, you might want to try ethernet over "Powerline" adapters. You plug Powerline Unit A into the AC socket, connect ethernet line from your Router. Then you plug unit B into AC outlet next to your HDTV and Bluray player, and hook an ethernet cable from Powerline Unit B into your Bluray player. This should be a lot more reliable and faster than Wi Fi. Note that you need at least 5 Mbps (according to Netflix) for the highest quality 1080 HD streaming with Netflix. You probably do not need quite as much speed for 720 or lower stuff on the web including youtube.
Check out reviews for various brands and models of Powerline Ethernet devices since, like for most things, some are good and others are not.
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Updated on Dec 28, 2013
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Pros When it does stream, it will do 5800 kbps 1080p even though the TV is only a 720p set. This really isn't a Pro because it is wasting bandwidth when it does this. However, the picture is fantastic at the same time. lol
Cons Constantly says Netflix videos are not available and to try again later. Even though same videos work on other devices. As much as it pains me I will just rip all movies and put them on our WHS instead. This thing likes to Reboot randomly as well.
Summary As far as I am concerned this is only really good for actual Bluray and DVD playback. If you want Netflix or Plex look elsewhere because this one I have sucks. Yes its fast, but what use is it if your constantly told videos are not available or Cinavia ruins your movie? Also, the Plex app is near worthless on this because if your like me and love to rip the new Blurays that Mom brings home almost every other day to your Plex Media Server, guess what DON'T put away the disk, you will need many of them because of the Cinavia infection. Yes, Cinavia also works on your personal media streams, LOL... Just horrible... Oh and it likes to reboot every now and then by itself. Ok, lol what ever! We are selling ours and replacing it with a Roku I guess, and praying the Server never breaks down. lol