Originally Posted by Foxbat121
Are you sure about your model #? I came from a Sony 570 and its Netflix interface is the worst I've ever seen. There is nothing (no category, no search) but your instant queue. And there is no DMR functionality at all. Its DLNA is also worse than Panny's. I can't make it stream any HD video at all without my PC doing the transcoding.
Well, they just relesaed a new firmware that has improved the netflix interface. I know it has categories, but I am watiing on a response as to the actual search function.
As to the media player, I had a terrible time with the DLNA-but I was also on Vista. I am not sure if the difference is because of my upgrade to windows 7 or the change to the Pany
HOWEVER, the big difference is really the ability to play via USB. The sony can pretty much handle any format at all via usb, where as almost no video files at all will play via USB on the pany. Not even my home videos recorded with my pany, or any of the files I have saved from my wifes japanese shows. I cant really understand it...I mean, MKV consist of a lot of possible formats, but so far I have found nothing that works for me via USB...
I will hate losing the DMR, but for some reason it is stuttering on me too now. Though usually it will go about 8 minutes or so, then a quick pause puts it back on track...still irritating.
As to formats via DMR, I downloaded Video Converter Factory Pro. It does conversion between formats and offers a variety of formats in both sd quality and HD quality. The only high definition format I have been able to make that plays back is AVCHD, and the .wmv, .asf are the only SD formats I have been able to play via DMR, and they are capped at VERY low bitrates that make them look like crap. While there is a higher quality .wmv format, it will not recognize, nor will any of the others. Really frustrating to have to convert all of my wifes japanese videos into really low quality that come out like crap to play you know? Honestly, I thought Mpeg2 would work...but to no avail yet, nor .avi (though I hear this may work via USB, I have not tried that yet).
Still learning, but I know the USB functionality of the Sony is far superior. I really want to keep the pany though...but...ugh. Seems more fiscally responsible to get a decent external hard drive and focus on playing via USB on the Sony. I mean, if I end up buying a media player in addition, then the only think the pany does that is unique is the blu ray discs-which is nice...but makes me question if I even should have even buy it at all when so much of what I need is not in disc format, you know?