Originally Posted by DanPackMan
Unfortunately TV apps may not be updated as quickly as the popular streaming devices, so more chance that they'll occasionally lag behind streaming service system updates and have problems. The streaming hardware in those TVs is usually limited in capability and I've found the interfaces are a bit laggy and not user friendly. I've disconnected my Smart TVs from the network and moved to standalone devices.
Ok, I may have to move onto a standalone device and here's why. The Netflix app has been great so far, so no more problems there. No issue with the Hulu app either, but I stopped using Hulu as I got bored of the content there and I just think Netflix has more to offer. However, the Vudu app is just a headache and still has occasional choppy videos once every half hour or so. Since most of my Vudu purchases are Movies Anywhere eligible, I decided to watch some of those MA eligible movies on other apps and see how they perform. Well, GooglePlay seems to play HD videos well without any choppiness, but 4K videos seems to have frequent split second choppiness every minute, which is odd. Not to mention there seems to be an ever-so-slight audio delay, which may cause some some apparent audio sync issues at times. So, I tried Amazon Prime. Didn't do much extensive testing there, but the video (both HD and 4K) seems to play well with no choppiness. However, this one has sync issues too, but this time, the audio is ever-so-slightly ahead of the video. Then tried Movies Anywhere. I did encounter occasional choppiness in HD videos and A LOT of choppiness in 4K videos. So, now I've tried Fandango and found a winner. I've watched a few movies so far, both HD and 4K, and had no issues with anything and did not experience any choppiness nor any audio sync issues.
So, in conclusion, Netflix, Hulu and Fandango are the one apps that work 100% great on my Sony Android TV; the rest are such headaches, which is a shame as it limits my options on apps I can use reliably. I really would hate to move onto a dedicated streaming device because not only is it an added cost and uses up an HDMI port on my TV, but it looks absolutely ridiculous to have use a dedicated streaming device on a Smart TV. Every time I have guests over, I would have to explain to them why I'm am using a streaming device when I can be streaming directly on the TV. But then again, if I stream on the TV and watch movies with guests, I would have to explain why the video quality is choppy occasionally. So either way, I have some explaining to do to my guests. I'm literally slapping myself in the face for not doing better research when I bought this TV. I could've bought a TV with better streaming functionality, but I failed in that regard. Who knew Sony TVs would disappoint me like that?