Originally Posted by AVfile
Yes there do seem to be a lot of network issues. I wonder if the cheaper/simpler BD77 or BD87 would have these issues.
The Sony players do seem to be the better streamers, and they come with a ton of free (Sony) movies on Crackle. Panasonic gives you CinemaNow where you have to pay.
The three players I use most commonly are Netflix, Amazon and VUDU. The Netflix and Amazon players on the Sony S390 start very slowly for me. The Netflix player is faster than the Amazon but takes more than twice as long as the BDT220. I do really like the available stream status overlay (like this
) and its ability to turn captions/subtitles on and off with the remote's SUBTITLE key. The Sony's Amazon player is hideous (obviously a subjective opinion) and requires an amazingly long time to start a stream, generally over 40 seconds; others have reported faster starts, so you mileage may vary. It does support 5.1 sound from the titles which have it, which the BDT220 does not.
I should mention that I'm currently having a problem with the BDT220's Netflix player, in that Netflix has deregistered it and its keypad menu for logging into Netflix is screwed up, with no indication of which key is selected and some key graphics missing. I don't think that anyone else has mentioned running into this problem.
Originally Posted by tenashus1
Bought a Roku for my second TV for MLB. So much for the Panny. Great blu ray player. Questionable with some apps though.
Yeah--I'd hoped to consolidate my Netflix, Amazon and VUDU streaming in a single box, but this year's Panasonic and Sony BD players have let me down. I'm keeping one for VUDU and BDs (probably the BDT220) and using my Roku 2 XS for everything else. I prefer the Netflix player UI on the BD players a bit, but the Roku's player and stream start times are so fast (about 6 seconds for either) that I don't think that the BD players will ever equal it and I'm a very impatient guy--it grates on me to wait for electronics to respond and the fastest device wins