That said .... on App front ... I do like the Samsung layout. Its clean and quick. All the main apps are there including Netflix, VUDU, Hulu, Amazon and Crackle along with Cinema now, blockbuster and I believe a Samsung own ran one. The icing on the cake though, is the players ability to automatically output 1080p/24 for 24p content. This also applies to local file content too. This is the only player I know that is able to do this for disk, app and local content.
Netflix super Hd is supported with DD+, Amazon with DD+ ... and I noticed in the Amazon app overlay that it said it was getting a 1080p stream .. but not sure how accurate that is as I always believed Amazon streams were at 720p .. but perhaps that has now changed. Vudu HDX and DD+ 7.1 (and 3D) all there. Really good stuff for streaming folks.
It was interesting getting a chance to use the Amazon app. I've being using the Sony one for so long ... I've become use to it. Although there's no doubt that the Amazon app on the Samsung player looks lovely ... and provides lots of info ... it is really really slow ... and I found myself wanting to go back to the Sony app ... for all its faults and lower resolution cover art !!
On the local streaming side ... again excellent results. I threw all my test files at the Samsung, and it didn't really have too many issues.
On MKVs ... all main codecs are supported AVC/Mpeg4, VC-1 and MPEG2. Disappointing though is that HD audio is not supported ... so it would only play the core from a DTS-MA track. TrueHD will not supported ... but it did play LPCM which was a surprise. Unfortunately Chapters didn't seem supported.
M2TS is exactly as MKV .... with one exception. I've no idea why but MPEG2 DVD backups played back choppy in a M2TS ... but in MKVs they were fine.
DLNA navigation though is a bit clunky especially if you have alot of files in folders. I do think Sony XMB really is the most efficient system to traverse many files and folders ... others will disagree I'm sure.
What else is there to say..... oh yes, Search and the Movies and TVs main app. Samsung have done a nice job aggregating popular movies and tv shows that are available across different services in one app ... and you can search too. It seemed to search across Netflix, VUDU, CInema now ... but not Amazon .... Its a nice feature that's presented well and works well. Its similar to Rokus universal search, but Roku seems to search across more providers than Samsungs at this time.
Overall ... its a really really good player. I didn't even bother with looking at disks .... funny. They are so yesterday ;-)
I see where Samsung got its inspiration for this player. Its a carbon copy of the Sony BDP-S790 right down to the touch sensitive button on the top of the player. Samsung did add the aluminum band around the player though ... which looks ok ...
So this is where I'm at with this player. If you're not too fussed about the Cinavia problem with certain titles ... then this really is a great player, with a excellent range of apps ... and it plays disks too ... but ofcourse not all disks. It does have analog audio outs too , but didn't bother with any of that. Of course I didn't test 4K out either as I've got no way of doing that but perhaps another member here can test that out.
The thing is ..... as much as I personally dislike the Roku ... you could buy a Roku and a cheap BD player for the same price as this ... so thats when things get tricky. If you just want one box ... and I don't blame you ... then this could be what you are looking for.
Edited by apw2607 - 4/5/13 at 8:00am