Interesting and I have read your thread from the start BTW.
My thoughts, my LG BD390 does DLNA and reads NTFS formatted USB HDD and Flash drives now. It also has Vudu and streams HDX quality video, far superior to Neflix or even Amazon (hardwired 1GB network) without a hiccup and has not given me any problems.
My Panasonic BD655 (AKA BD65) has the best SD DVD up conversion short of the Oppo 83 that I have seen but that is on an LG 55LH90 well calibrated TV at 1080/p24. Users would not likely see deficiencies in SD conversion on anything smaller.
Winston's complaint of 'flashing' on SD DVD with the BD655 has never appeared on the dozen or so SD discs I have tested.
Not knocking the Sony players but there are choices for people.