[QUOTE=Albert;2747588]Going strictly on hearsay(!), I simply thought Sony units to be too restrictive or slow compared to the competition.
Let us know how it works out, won’t you? I’d like to see if a few years have made the standalone BD players worthwhile over, say, a PS3/PS4 that would see limited game use.[/QUOTE]
Crap, looks like it doesn’t support PAL. I tried 2 PAL format discs last night and it wouldn’t read them. It is however a good streaming device. The Netflix interface is actually better than my old Nintendo Wii (which quit working due to lack of support from Nintendo) and the navigation and will continue to move from one episode to the next on it’s own. In other words it’s a great streamer for Netflix and it does have about 50 channels for streaming (ie Netflix, Amazon Instant Watch, Crackle, NBA Network, NHL, etc). Ultimately a PS3 would offer more since it’s basically a mini computer, but I would be worried about the long term use of a game machine disc drive for watching movies since the movie disc function tends to be an afterthought. It’s also the difference in a $300 device vs a $60 dedicated player/streamer device. I’m not as worried about the PAL format playback though. For the odd PAL disc that I do have, my old original XBOX is tough to beat for the money (About $35 with the remote from my local videogame exchange store). It would’ve been nice to have it on the Blu-Ray player but not a deal breaker. I haven’t used the smart functions on the TV and to be honest I have no real desire to, I would love to have had this TV without the smart features and saved another $100, but it simply doesn’t exist anymore. I will say this though, for at least regular shows and movies the Sony either meets or beats the Panasonic Plasma (before it developed the wear bar on the screen) that I replaced. I consider this impressive since Plasmas are supposed to beat out even modern LEDs for smoothness and viewing angles. Even if you stand nearly parallel to the screen it is still perfectly visable and doesn’t have any fading in picture quality. Obviously it’s not a 4K Ultra HD display, but in terms of it’s size and specs it’s about as good as it gets. I did quite a number of side by side comparisons with devices from Sharp, LG, Samsung, etc. and it was by far the brightest and smoothest of the bunch in it’s size range.