Originally Posted by Ricoflashback
If you have a receiver, it doesn't make sense to not route your audio to your receiver (audio & video via HDMI to the receiver from your bluray player and then one HDMI from your receiver to your TV). If you have NO HDMI video from your receiver to your TV, then you still can get full audio if you have a Bluray player like the Sony BDP S790 that has two HDMI capability for audio and video.
Again, my preference is to stream through my Bluray player - - it just works better for me and I do not worry about any limitations on the Sammy applications.
And...I just haven't confirmed the two channel via optical to your receiver from the TV (streaming applications) - - if Eagle says so, then that's fine. I just haven't tried it yet but it's more of a moot point for me since I like to stream from my Bluray player.
The issue is not earth-shaking, but it is a really unfortunate unforced error on Samsung's part (or they have some reason to limit the capabilities that I can't seem to make out).
Yes, the workaround is to use a streaming app from another component like a blu-ray player, game consle, etc., but for those users who do not have access to one or more streaming services through other components, or don't have the necessary connectivity, the choice is to use the Samsung app and live with two channel audio when there is seemingly no good reason why Samsung would implement it this way
. In the end, it just makes the SmartHub less attractive and useful, and consumers will have an incentive to use other components for the same content.
I'd like the convenience of using the SmartHub, and I'd like to not have to upgrade any other home theater components; but as it stands, I cannot get 5.1 channel audio through Amazon Instant Video because of my set-up, and because of Samsung's implementation, I won't use SmartHub for other streaming content like VuDu, etc. because I'll go through a blu-ray player or a game console to get 5.1 channel audio. Again, it's not earth-shattering, but it is mystifying why Samsung would limit the functionality of SmartHub apps this way when there seems to be no good reason to do so.