Originally Posted by DikkieDick
Can we assume that by equipment getting smarter we don't need that much connections anymore?
IMHO “smart TVs” are overrated. The apps on my Samsung were updated haphazardly, and Samsung dropped support of my model from their iOS/Android apps in only 3 years (did they expect I would just trash it and buy another??). Bear in mind that services like Netflix, Filmstruck, et al, can only spend so much on software updates, and with an increasing number of device OS’ to keep an app up to date on, it becomes a game of whack-a-mole. The Amazon, Netflix, and YouTube apps on my TV were not updated nearly as quickly than on dedicated streaming devices. My observation is that the streaming device apps get updates sooner, and for far longer, than they do on last year’s (or earlier) smart TVs. The last time I checked my “smart” TV and “smart” BD player, the apps were woefully behind.
Tl’dr, don’t bank on that smart TV being the be-all and end-all streaming source. There’s a reason that Apple TVs and Rokus are popular, they’re updated regularly (my 2-3 year old Apple TV was recently upgraded to TV OS 12), and the apps are kept current to remain competitive. No one will pay for a service that doesn’t update their app on the most popular streaming platforms. So if you use Amazon Prime Video once in a while, sure that TV is fine. But for a service you pay a monthly subscription for, you want top performance and reliability.
Just my two cents. Intended for Character_Zero who is currently weighing tipping-point features vs cost.
 Case in point, Netflix had regular audio drop outs on my TV, not on Chromecast (same content, same audio stream). Discussions here and elsewhere detailed complaints to both Netflix and Samsung, with each pointing fingers at each other. Finally after 8 months, I jumped ship to a dedicated device, and haven’t looked back.
NO need to attach the files, as they may be updated by Yamaha at a later date. It’s better to download the latest version from the source. That’s why I link to the product pages in Post #1