First post in a while for me... First, thanks to all on this thread for sharing information on this set.
I currently have a Sammy plasma that, after 2 years, has developed a panel problem. It's out of warranty. Needless to say, I'm frustrated and will not be replacing the set with a Sammy. So i am in the market again. I came across the reviews for this set and checked out the picture at a local BB yesterday. I have a few questions that i was hoping you guys could help me with before I pull the trigger.
Some setup info...My current setup has a Sat. box, Apple TV and and XBOX going straight to my TV via HDMI. Given that this set has only 2 HDMI inputs I am going to have to give up a source (let's assume I don't want to add an HDMI switcher to my setup and I would prefer not to upgrade my AV receiver to an HDMI switching one.) We use the Apple TV quite a lot for movie streaming from our local iTunes library and we use it a lot for Netflix and Youtube. As I understand it from a little google research, the XBOX with a media streaming solution like Plex will not be a solution to the streaming need because the XBOX doesn't like MP4s or most any non-Microsoft media types. From looking at the limited information on the streaming capabilities that this set will support, I see most of the major players are available - Netflix, YouTube, Hulu plus, Vudu, Amazon, etc. I also see it has DLNA capability.
1) For those of you who are streaming media via DLNA, how is the performance? My initial experiences with DLNA on the PS3 and other boxes were filled with issues with media selection and FF/REW of media. Any issues with certain media types? What media server solution are you using (Plex?)
2) Are there any music streaming applications available? Pandora? Spotify? IHeartRadio?
3) How easy is the streaming apps interface to access and navigate?
Thanks in advance for the help.