Originally Posted by Krutsch
Well, that's not encouraging to hear. Of course, I am assuming that you've updated to the last F/W.
As has been stated you don't have a choice, once new firmware is available. I played around with that yesterday and can confirm that none of the online services will start before applying an available new upgrade.
You should try disconnecting the Ether-hose and use Wi-Fi to the player. The player may have a different algorithm for handling network slowdowns, based on the interface in use. I've seen this behavior from Apple TV in the past (for real) and you may see a change in behavior on the Sony player, as well, when Netflix data transmission rates drop off.
Having to use wireless is equally unacceptable. I don't have an N router and don't really want to abandon my venerable old Linksys WRT54G, on which I run some open source firmware (Tomato) that I really like.
I'm still debating sending the 390 back. On the positive side, I love the PS3-esque Netflix info overlay that I can get from the Sony, its Netflix player's browser UI is substantially more responsive than the Panasonic BD player and its Amazon player has 5.1 sound. Though I've never loved the XMB I find it to be a lot more convenient than the Panasonic's UI. On the negative side I've had these problems with the Netflix player and the Amazon player is probably the worst that I've used, the slowest (I just measured 38 seconds to start a stream, versus 8 seconds on the Roku) and least convenient. Lacking a queue, one of any Amazon player's most important functions for me is Search and on the Sony you have to enter text into it using a numeric keypad and i9 and it's not even an incremental search--it's an inexcusably poor design. (As a software engineer designs like this feel like the people who create it are giving me the finger--totally disrespectful to the user). I think that I may be better off just keeping the BDT220 and hoping that the upcoming Amazon update will add 5.1 sound (the Roku's recent Amazon player update is really beautiful--I hope that they're doing something similar).
What I really wish would happen is for Roku to add a VUDU player, but there's got to be something unknown standing in the way of that.