Thank you! I did look through that specs page. You're referring to the Network Features section? It says:
Video Format : MPEG-2 PS, MPEG-1 PS, MPEG-4, AVCHD, Xvid, WMV??Resolution: up to 720x480?
I appreciate their use of question marks. I guess I was thinking this applied to video files you have on file shares on your LAN. But maybe Netflix too. We don't really have anything else to go on however.
I also need to consider keeping my Yamaha receiver too. There's really nothing wrong with it, and I really don't have the funds. Since my Yamaha doesn't do HDMI, I do it all in the TV input switching, and and BD has toslink out. My computer has HDMI only for the audio, so the TV only passes 2 channel to the receiver. But I understand I could use a USB to S/PDIF dongle to get multichannel. I actually tried a Turtle Beech adapter
, and 2 channel worked under Windows 8 simply by plugging it in, but its device drivers to enable multi-channel would not install (not ready for Win8 yet).
I have tried out the Netflix app on Windows 8, but I can't really tell what kind of stream I'm getting. According to http://support.netflix.com/en/node/2490
it is 1080p, though some HD programming
looked better streaming through my BD player at 720. By the way, I also streamed this
through the W8 app and tried 23 and 24 fps in the Intel video output, and it looked terrible. I also was wowed by a video file playing in VLC whose properites showed 23.976 fps. I couldn't tell which (23 or 24) video out looked better. Why the 2 outputs, by the way?
I also read a review that the software on the Sony receiver is buggy, and interrupts video and sound. Sounds like a potential cluster you know what. If kind folks here can recommend another well-rated, good-value HDMI Sony receiver with CEC (probably can be assumed). Easy to use would be nice too. I often forgot how to operate things on my Yamaha, and they have all these useless, cluttered features.