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I can confirm the Neo will do gapless playback. It has been a long awaited feature. The only caveat is you have to tell the Neo to play the entire album.
I can confirm it will play WAV, DTS and FLAC. I have no samples of FLAC multichannel to try. I was going to check out APE this morning, but my unit crashed and was hanging on rebooting. I did not have time before work to troubleshoot the issue.
As for video on demand services, I can only say there is a main menu item for this, but when you enter that menu, there is a message that says something like "not yet implemented" or "Coming later". My guess is they are hammering out all the legal issues before they turn on the code.
Netgear is actually pretty good about firmware, contrary to what some people believe. But there are some people out there that aren't happy their EVA8000 isn't supported under Windows 7 and feel Netgear should put out another firmware. Same for the 9150 after YouTube made changes and broke YouTube playback. And I will agree the last beta firmware released for the 9150 has some major bugs in it, and another firmware has been promised.
It is true the updates have stopped since the Neo firmware has been under developement. I think some people got spoiled with their 8000 and the almost weekly firmware updates. But to me that just says the unit was released way too early if they were producing that many updates. Granted there were many new features added, but also a lot of bug fixes. I look at other products I own who put out maybe one firmware a year. I guess it all comes down to your expectations.
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