Originally Posted by smitty
I must be doing something wrong. I haven't had any issues streaming with the 820 to my JVC native 4k projector. Maybe I've just been lucky and haven't watched any of the problematic content yet.
Not to dismiss your statement but I'm sure that lots of people have no problems with the performance of all different levels/tiers of equipment, regardless of their technical shortcomings. I'm sure that some people still say that their 720P DLP from 2006 "looks great, as good as anything". This is all very subjective.
My primary complaints are about objective shortcomings: locked 60 Hz output with visible stuttering in native 24p Amazon content, all streaming content is run through Panasonic servers and their is clearly more compression at times (this is reflected in a lower bitrate). These shortcomings are either measurable or obviously observable relative to other contemporary equipment.
I'll put it another way: Would you buy this player if it didn't support 24p output for Bluray? If the answer is yes then we probably are not of the same mind about A/V equipment.
Anyways, I'm not here to bash Panasonic. It is important to know these things, though, as someone spending $500 on a Bluray player that lists UHD Streaming as a feature may indeed be disappointed when that streaming performance is poor or, even worse, their display with a 10 GBPS HDMI port will not receive a UHD signal while streaming. These are factors when considering which player (or possibly BR player + streaming box, probably the safest choice) to buy.
The UB820 is fantastic at playing Blu-rays (UHD or traditional). It's features are perfect for those using a projector for UHD BR's. Just be sure to budget extra money for a Shield TV or Roku Ultra or similar. Someone that is satisfied with the disc-playing performance of a Sony, for comparison, has no need for the separate streaming box (at least for Netflix, Amazon, and Youtube; streaming Plex or other home network stuff is dog sh*t on almost all modern BR players...).