Glad I found this thread!
We have a Samsung Blu-ray player that is barely a year-and-a-half old that has 'wireless network connectivity' capability. We got it to replace another Samsung player that we gave away.
This thing is pathetic, to stream a program through it (or perhaps I should say 'attempt' to stream something through it...) means waiting at least five minutes from the time you turn the unit on until the time the streamed program actually starts playing (usually Netflix) That, is of course, if it starts at all... we actually plugged a network cable into it even though it has the wireless capability. We were just so exasperated with how long it took to work. We have frequently checked the network settings and software updates to see if there is something wrong but no, that is just the way these Samsung Blu-ray players seem to work.
We purchased an Apple TV at the end of last summer and we're completely astounded with the speed of the Apple TV. Honestly, if we turn on the Samsung (BD-D6100C) Blu-ray and go through the interminable wait times to attempt to watch something like Netflix through streaming, it can easily take five minutes before the program starts. Frequently, the program fails to initialize and we have to exit the process and in some cases, turn off the Blu-ray player and restart it.
In contrast, the Apple TV goes from 'off' to starting a program in less than a minute... and... wait for it... it's wireless! The Apple TV also has nowhere near the 'glitchiness' of the Samsung Blu-ray player.
Our download speed on the computer (wireless) indicates a speed of better than 37 Mbps -so I'm fairly certain it's not our internet
Luckily, the local electronics big box co. has agreed to replace our Onkyo receiver which failed under warranty and the only reason we have been using the Samsung to 'try' and watch streaming programs was we needed an HDMI input for the Apple TV to feed and the Technics home theatre system we're temporarily using does not have HDMI connections.
Based on this, I would not buy any further Samsung electronics. If I didn't know better, I'd think Samsung was doing a side business in trying to steer people away from streaming/downloading and back to Cable/Satellite TV subscription services.