I got a new 4K television
last week and was testing how well the variety of devices connected to my system work with it (currently BDT220, TiVo Roamio, Roku 3, WD TV Live, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and this PC). Its built-in streamings apps are very high performers, but I have a suspicion that they might give video to the television at 60 Hz, with 2:3 pulldown applied. The television's marketing brags on how well it handles 24p and 48p sources; sad if its own smart apps aren't one.
In any case, I was testing various streaming apps on the BDT220, since I can turn on 24p output for such, when I discovered that at some point its Amazon app had been updated, to a design similar to the PS3's (this
, only no cover art in the 4 small panes next to the big one). Inasmuch as my new television's Amazon app has the same UI, they seem to be making it the standard (though Fire TV's app is different).
The big news is that it has 5.1 sound and Watchlist support!!! Every time they issued a firmware update for a couple of years I anxiously checked the Amazon app for 5.1 sound and Watchlist in vain and eventually stopped checking. This new player must have been slipped in with the update last March or the one in November. I rarely use the BDT220 at all, since I almost never view BDs and have things that I prefer to use for streaming (its Netflix player's response to commands is profoundly
slow, nigh unto unusable).