Originally Posted by mfountain01
Thanks for the input. Simply replacing the Blu ray player itself is the path of least resistance. Finding one that will still play Prime Video after Sept. 26th and have the digital optical connection my system requires is the trick. I might hope that the x700 had slightly better reviews – about 20% on Amazon are pretty scathing. Just feels like the whole thing has become way more complicated and annoying than it needs to be.
Do you want a Blu-ray player or a media streamer?
You see, this is the problem. EVERYONE demands that their $100 Blu-ray player pull double duty as an all-purpose streaming device.
Then, this reality comes crashing in with the fact that Blu-ray players are just supposed to be Blu-ray players and none of the Blu-ray manufacturers really cares at all about your ability to get an amazing Netflix (or Prime) viewing experience, and they have no real care if they support the applications built into their player years after you have purchased it.
This is why Roku, Fire, and Chromecast devices all do so much better. Roku stock has jumped over 10 fold this year. Think about that.
You really haven't talked much about your setup and the requirements that you have to go along with it, but there are HDMI audio extractors which can be used, and HDMI switches with optical audio output if you need something to work with an old receiver that only has optical or coaxial digital audio inputs. I used my old non-HDMI receiver for years.
I had a few HDMI audio extractor's behind my gear to get digital optical audio out of my HDMI enabled devices. Worked like a charm.