This thread got me to buy his model on 11/9. Until a week ago it had been sitting in my garage since the room where it is supposed to go was being remodeled. One delay after another and finally the remodel is done and I have it hung and have had it up and running for about a week. Reading all the posts on all the problems on this TV had me slightly worried although I bought it at Costco and figured I would take it back if anything popped up by the time I actually got around to viewing it. I have run the dead pixel check- clean, not 1 dead pixel on any color. I have been looking for banding and I do know what it looks like as I see it on many of the TV's at Walmart or Target, especially when they pop up that big page of light baby blue. For what it's worth I have not found any banding on this set. If it is there, I'm not seeing it. The colors and picture are very good. I started with myapplebuddy's settings and they are very good but I decided to dig out my Video Essentials calibration disc and fine tuned it. Myapplebuddy's is very very good, but since I am OCD and I freely admit it, my son and I spent some time getting it tweaked to the Nth degree, which in the end isn't significantly different than MAB's.
Netflix and Amazon Prime work fine for streaming. I killed all the other apps that I could. I'm still on older software but I'm waiting for the day that the prompt for new software pops up. I'm pretty happy though in the meantime.
The Seahawks vs. the Rams looked great! I switched over to Falconman's recommendation for smooth and precision but my son would go back and forth between setting smooth off and on and we agreed it wasn't a significant difference. They both looked good while the ball was flying and in action scenes, the nod going to smooth motion at precision.
So far I am very pleased with this set. My wife is happy because it's big enough she can see it big time from the kitchen and do her baking. :-)
edit: one more thing. My son has been playing Xbox on it in game mode and hasn't had any lag issues. I played a few of the racing games and it seem to be fine to me also.