Originally Posted by 400MHz MAN
The "Content bar" is launched using the "DISCOVER" button on the remote control.
Right. You have different content 'types' that you can enable. In the past, you have been able to directly access your Netflix setup and "continue watching" or "switch profiles" or similar. Similar with YouTube and Crackle. None of those appears to be available even with the build that I have, and I'm running the software released in September of this year.
The Videos option is available and does show that it will show you both USB and network-based content. After the update, you will have to directly launch the full Videos application to see network-based content. Similar with Netflix, YouTube, and Crackle in that you will have to launch the full app.
I'm all in favor of getting rid of the "Live Football Mode" from where it has been and making it a more general picture control. Up to this point, this has ONLY been available from HDMI-based inputs (and possibly from the built-in tuner). It has never been available to built-in apps of any kind, including those loaded from the Play store. And, for people like me, that leaves a gap for sports content that I watch using the HDHomeRun app accessing my OTA antenna-based content.
I -AM- concerned about applying this update right away because it states that A) you will NOT be able to roll back to a previous firmware version, B) you may need to update your loaded apps in order for them to work properly, and C) loaded apps may not have versions compatible with the new firmware. I will not be rolling this firmware version out when it's first available as a result.
Additionally, I would suggest that ANYONE applying this update make extensive notes about their setups, reset the TV to factory defaults, install the update, reset to defaults again, and then set the TV up all over again. The notes clearly state that they are moving settings around, and my experience with this sort of thing is that it will NOT be cleanly done. As a result, you very well may find yourself in a situation where things simply do not work as expected any more. Take the proactive step and reset, flash, and reset again before setting it back up the way you want it.
If you DO take that route, I would also suggest that you do NOT enable automatic software update. This is the portion of the setup that enables Sony to collect an absolutely stupid amount of data about your usage patterns and habits.