"The PS3 Netflix application had/has more features than many other players, too plus is a nice easy way to record streaming purchases from Amazon or Vudu."
*This is something I'd lean towards, which tips the scales towards the BR industry shrinking, unless BR players are already capable of this? I'm assuming they are, but are they also 'smart' like TV's w/apps?
"I use a cable internet and hardwire connection to the PS3, was having some issues with wireless just about the same time Netflix came out with their Super HD and "open connect" demands of the ISPs and was wireless before that."
*I have my Wii wired directly, damn ethernet cable on the floor, oh well, the vac. doesn't pick it up.[The future upstairs will have to be wireless]
I already have a good wireless signal for upstairs from the router.
"The PS3 I have (slim 160gb) is quite a good player, but doesn't do SACD like some of the older units did so I use an older dvd player for those. The PS3 downside for a player is it can be a bit noisy."
*How does the PS3 do with buffering netflix? And, if it doesn't play SACD's, I'll assume it can play a flashdrive for music....but probably NOT wma files. My sony TV's will find them, but not play them! Argh! Stupid sony! Have you noticed any buffering situations with your BR player?
"Oh, I do have a wheel and pedal setup, can't play a driving game with those stupid stock hand held controllers!"
*Tell me which type and if you like it! I HATE the handheld for racing! Racing is really the only video type games I play.