Originally Posted by apw2607
A new version of the Remote app for Android/iPhone is suppose to get released ... to support text input via virtual keyboard ... I've not seen it on the iTunes store yet though. Still shows 2011 version.
The pop-up demo unit sign (which comes stuck to the top of the enclosure, folded down) says, "Use our exclusive remote control application with an iPhone or Android smartphone". Nothing has appeared in the Android Marketplace yet. The only place in the manual that I see this mentioned is as pertains to playback of content streamed via DLNA.
First, the bad news: still no 5.1 sound in the Amazon player. The VOD UIs don't seem particularly more responsive than on the BDT110. The Netflix player has changed to the less powerful UI now featured on the PS3 (from this
, with the slight difference that you scroll up to a search button rather than press the green button to get into the search dialog). The good thing about this is that as you scroll through titles you can see at a glance which ones are HD and/or have 5.1 soundtracks. It also features hierarchical episode selection for TV series, in which you select a season and then the episode within that season instead of from a huge list of all episodes marked "S4:E11" etc.
The good news: the "Let the Right One In
quick test" indicates that the Netflix player can now play the 1080p video encodings. (That film is in Swedish with burned in English subs; in the 1080p encoding, subtitles at the top above the letterbox are clipped, rendering the film virtually unwatchable by non Swedish speaking people. A bit strange that they haven't fixed this yet, but it does come in handy
). I'll be confirming this by bandwidth consumption test. There's not much else to prefer in this interface over the one in the BDTx10's player, which is superior for browsing the library. I saw no "black flashes" and the ramp up to higher quality encodings seemed more subtle; it got sharper but I didn't notice the jumps.
Here are few differences gleaned by cursory comparison of some of the manual:
- AVCHD 3D added to DVDs and SD cards
- MP4 added to SD cards and USB drives
- FLAC added to DVDs, CDs and USB devices
- Support for NTFS formatted HDDs
The ID of the 220 is almost precisely identical to the 110; the jacks on the back are all the same and line up almost exactly. At a glance the remotes are identical, though their model numbers differ in the last three digits. The codes programmed into my Harmony One for the 110 work perfectly. (The other models come with that touchpad remote, which doesn't appeal to me since any control method that I can't program into my Harmony is useless). They prettied up the main menu--BFD. It has a multi-user saved settings feature that doesn't interest me.
I'll fart around with it some more and report anything that I find. My primary focus is streaming (BTW, the Viera Connect Marketplace doesn't look any different than on the 110. So much for getting the fancier apps available on the televisions). I've got some MKV and MP4 clips on a flash drive that I'll try playing.