Pros: Connects to Windows SMD/CIFS Shares, WIFI, Attractive Design, Simpilink works with current LG TV, Plays majority of Digital File formats: MP4, MKV...
Cons: Netflix App has no search function, Some titles in Netflix app are slow to resolve to HD, and may need up to 5 minutes to eliminate jerky motion.
It has been a very reliable electronic appliance for my family. We use it mainly for the "Home-Link" feature -- LG's name for LAN-based digital media sharing. I run a Windows Server 2008 R2 domain at home, and have a dedicated RAID with redundancy for my video library. Running Serviio DLNA media server now, but for the first 18 months or so, we used plain-old SMB/CIFS shares authenticated with domain credentials. Occasionally, we come across a MKV file that won't play, typically with DTS audio. Simply going back to the PC and running "AudioConverter" for PC and selecting "Cleanup DTS Track" fixes that issue 95% of the time.
I am let down by the poor Netflix application, however. My gripes are two-fold: 1) There is no search feature. You are forced to use your web-browser or a mobile app to add to your queue. 2) many titles (and this has gotten better lately) are very slow to resolve to their full-HD nature. In the meantime, you get a very blocky and hyper-compressed image. My local ISP provides fiber right to the home, with 30Mbps download, and Netflix confirmed that the connection is definitely not the issue. Another problem I feel to be related, is that some titles are dropping video frames, resulting in jerky panning through scenes. These symptoms usually resolve within five minutes of watching, however, pausing the title sometimes makes the jerkiness return.
All in all, my family has been very happy with this player