Originally Posted by apw2607
Htwaits - I don't really understand this because the netflix client in the 103 is perfectly capable of streaming the 1080p 5.8mb/s super hd stream just like the ps3, roku and Apple TV 3 is. It has the identical UI to the ps3 netflix app and if you use source direct you can bi-pass any video post processing ... So I'm not entirely sure why one might think it's "not a great streamer for the likes of netflix"
There's an implication floating around this topic that the 103 is really for playing discs, any other functionality is a bonus, and that we shouldn't expect the Oppo to deliver on these features as well as other devices do. Frankly, it's nonsense, and accusing owners of doing inadequate research before their purchase and suggesting they're somehow out of bounds because they expect an advertised feature to actually work
sets a pretty low bar for Oppo to meet. Besides, if not for the criticisms leveled in this topic regarding the 103's buggy Netflix support, where exactly would potential buyers conduct their research? As was already mentioned, "professional" reviewers haven't provided any analysis of the 103's Netflix performance at all.
It doesn't take a high-end piece of hardware to receive a relatively low bitrate A/V stream and decode it properly. Any number of cheap, low-powered devices do this without issue. Saying the PS3 has some hardware advantage that makes it a better streaming device doesn't hold water.
It's also really bothersome that some members are telling others to stop "complaining" and contact Oppo customer support because they can't expect to get any satisfaction in this topic. Thorough investigation of device shortcomings and discussion of any discoveries should be fair game whether those discussions reflect positively on Oppo or not. Just as customer satisfaction leads to lots of gushing, customer dissatisfaction leads to venting, especially when some owners who don't care about a particular feature pooh-pooh those of us who do, while others place the blame on Netflix denying Oppo devices full access to HD streams, DNS issues, the router, the ethernet connection, and planetary alignment. Telling people not to vent about it is less productive than the venting itself.
The 103 is an amazing disc player with glaring faults in other areas, and owner's threads need to be about more than resolving setup issues and regurgitating FAQ content.