RE: Samsung Blu-ray player:
Concur with the bad reviews. I got one when it was $70. It is the most frustrating brand-name device I've ever owned.
The "Smart Hub" is so painfully slow it drives me crazy. Same for the basic start-up. I did the updates as soon as I started it up, but if it was a performance improvement, I'd hate to see how it worked prior to.
It is the kind of device that doesn't respond to input, so you don't know if it "heard" you.
After I got an Onkyo AV receiver, things got worse. The Samsung keeps handshaking with the receiver, meaning, while I am watching Blu ray discs, the screen goes momentarily black every minute or so.
I contacted Woot, and, bless them, they sent a replacement. Unfortunately it's a lemon too.
I agree with other posters who say the Netflix et al. apps are frustrating and slow. So true. Luckily I use a Roku and the TV apps for that, so it's less of an issue for me.
I suspect there is a reason there are so many refurbs of this series on the market. I've seen them on Woot several times since I got mine.
Some posters aren't complaining about the slowness, so maybe some are worse than others. But I've gotten two and they have both been dogs.
In summary, if you intend to use this as your primary streaming interface, or if you want to watch discs more than a couple times a month, or if waiting for a device to respond to your input frustrates you, or unless you are broke and can barely afford $50 for a disc player, I recommend staying away from this and coughing up more cash for a unit that simply works like a modern device should.
You will be much happier over the long haul.
PS: Sorry to bust on this one, Woot. You were awesome to send a replacement. They were turkeys, though. I'm gonna buy a Panasonic on Amazon.