Originally Posted by jdatpslp
I bought the s370 last week. Netflix was very choppy. Amazon HD was fine. I have better than 12 mbps now with no errors and grade A on pingtest. After many hours of blaming my ISP (Uverse), Sony then took shots at my TV until they found out it was an XBR6. Numerous calls to support (offshore) got me routed through tier 2 and finally, to engineering, who promised a callback within 24 hours. It never happened and the S370 was returned, which I hated to do because I really like Sony video equipment, but wanted Netflix more. It took five minutes to hook up the Panasonic BD85 I exchanged it for and Netflix and Amazon both worked flawlessly, the streams on a par with the best DVD's, so the issue WAS with Sony, not me. There is still a bug for some folks with the Sony Netflix firmware implementation, apparently with all Sony streaming BD players.
I am convinced it is the product(Sony), and not your bandwidth.
I have only 2MB download/378kbps upload(1.98/375 on speedtest.net), and I have used the ROKU HD player(connected via HDMI), the Sammy 2500(connected via HDMI), and currently for Blu-Ray the Panny BD-85(connected via HDMI). Using a Samsung 40B640 LCD TV.
Now, with NETFLIX, I can compare the Sammy 2500(which I sold), and the ROKU. Even with 2.0MBps download, I still get 4 full circles on my ROKU, and used to continually get 10 out of 13 bars on the Sammy. The Sammy, "occasionally" would downgrade itself to 7-8 bars, but it was rare. But it still did it.
The ROKU NEVER changes speed, or downgrades while playing. I have not experienced once. But both the ROKU at 4 bars and the Sammy at 10 lines, both showed pictures that looked like SVHS Quality/DVD quality, depending on the movie. REALLY GOOD IMHO for either of the units.
So it seems as if there may be something deficient, or something just not working as well as either the ROKU or the Sammy 2500 as fay a picture quality is concerned.
Can't compare the Panny BD-80 for Netflix because it does not have it, but YouTube videos are pretty good, depending on the original source.