"Netflix streaming needs work"3.5 starson by wsm484
Pros: Industrial design, remote, BD and DVD picture quality all top notch.
Setup was painless. Wifi and Ethernet both work great.
Cons: Netflix streaming needs work. The CNET editors' review understated how bad it is.
Summary: [Setup: Sony KDL-52W4100, HDMI connection.]
This is a great BD player. My only complaint is the Netflix streaming picture quality. Unacceptably jerky at 1080p and 720p. Eventually I discovered that it's actually much better at 1080i. (That's the only reason that I didn't return it and get the LG instead.)
Sony could help here if the Screen Settings did something more sensible for Netflix streaming: when "Output Video Format" is set to "Original Resolution", it does what you'd expect for BD and DVD (1080p and 480p, respectively), but Netflix is still at 1080p. If it would automatically change to 1080i for Netflix, that would save me the hassle of having to remember to dive down into that menu to switch between the two. (That would've earned an extra "star" from me.)