I currently have a 40″ Samsung Smart TV that I bought in the summer of 2013, so it’s not that old. It’s one of Samsung’s Smart TV with the Smart Hub so I can do things like watch Youtube, Netflix, etc. The best feature by far is the USB port where I can connect a USB drive directly and play my digital movies from there. I’ll get to that in a moment. My gripe though is with the Netflix app. It doesn’t support the Profiles feature that Netflix has implemented. My niece & nephew watches my account when they’re over and they have all kinds of kids’ programming. When Profiles were introduced, it was a godsend. I could keep their viewing history, list, preferences, etc. separate from mine. This works fine on things like the iPhones and iPads, the WDTV Live, or the computer itself. But on the Samsung TV, Profiles is not supported. In my research, it appears that Netflix is responsible for updating the apps, not Samsung. Samsung is only responsible for pushing out the updates. I’ve seen plenty of Smart Hub updates on my TV, but so far no Profiles support which is a huge disappointment.
On the other hand, that USB direct connect feature is awesome. I can get one of those Western Digital portable USB drives and connect it directly. These drives come in up to 2 TB configuration these days and because they’re portable drives without a separate power cable, they’re super convenient to plug into the TV. With 2 TB, I can put a ton of movies onto this thing. As a portable drive, the performance is not up to par with other USB drives but you hardly notice it when copying movies; it might be a tad slower. For viewing though, it’s not an issue. The portability completely trumps the performance. What awesome for me is how many different formats the Samsung TV supports. I have most of my movies in the MKV format as I think it’s the most versatile. It can hold subtitles, different audio streams, attached thumbnail images, etc. I do wish the Samsung supported thumbnail view though; but that’s just a small quibble. It has played most of the major formats I’ve thrown at it. This is pretty awesome if you ask me.
I love it so much that my newest TV is a 55″ 4K TV from Samsung in the hopes that it has the same Smart features. It should. I take delivery next Friday and cannot wait to get it up on the wall. It’ll be a nice addition to be able to watch my 4K Phantom 3 Videos. 🙂