About the Netflix Streaming...
I called support last week and was able to get through to a level 2 technician to ask about Netflix support. The guy I spoke with was very nice and told me that they have been receiving a lot of "inquiries" regarding both current/future Netflix compatibility with the 1500.
I asked if there are any plans to upgrade the 1500 at some point to include Netflix streaming, and was told that there is no plan to add Netflix support. He said if I want Netflix streaming my only option would be the 2500/2550 models. I asked if there is any hope at all that I might see a firmware update to provide the functionality or if it was a hardware limitation? Again, he was very polite and and apologetically said they have no plans to add it to the 1500 and only the 2500/2550 provide that functionality.
He definitely sidestepped any information regarding the hardware, and I could hear from his voice that he has probably dealt with this question numerous times. He seemed sincerely empathetic, but it's pretty obvious now that they are intentionally crippling the 1500 to differentiate it from their higher end offerings.
I actually sold my 1500 on craigslist last night and hope to pick up a 2500 if they drop back under $300 at big river this month. My real dream would be a Samsung player with HQV, Netflix streaming, and Divx support via USB! Anyone know if that is in the pipeline