I installed the 1013 firmware back in mid November and other than an added "repeat" menu item in the Tools menu for Media Play (which I can't seem get to repeat), I don't notice any improvements.
I've not had the time to debug it, but they may have even added a problem. I used to have no problem seeing multiple DLNA media servers on my network. Now I generally only see one...sometimes zero. (I do need to verify there are no network issues, BUT an older D-link player sees them when the TV doesn't....but would be premature to blame Samsung; I'm bringing it up only in case others have seen the same issue w/ the new firmware.`)
The auto-dimming is not fixed, and probably completely unchanged, though sometimes I think it may be a little more noticable...but it's probably just grating on me more and more over time.
Samsung, if the service menu has the ability to turn it off, how friggin hard can it be to add that same ability to the user's menu?
I see some people saying they've gone into the service menu. I have not -- I called Samsung and the tech said it would void the warranty (apparently it records when it's been entered?!?). But that's beside the point. The POINT, Samsung, is that you have MANY customers who hate that "feature" and want it off, and if there are this many voicing their dislike, there are probably zillions of others who are silently annoyed.
So, Samsung, PLEASE allow users to turn off the auto dimming. It is increadibly annoying. I'd never have bought the TV if the source video in the store had allowed me to see the issue.
And Samsung, if you're reading this, here's a few more ideas:
a) Improve your WMV codec (doesn't seem to play all WMVs)
b) Add a codec for DV AVI playback
c) A FLV codec would be cool, too.
d) Get it to work with Canon camera MJpeg AVIs (I get video, no audio)
e) Update your YouTube app to be as nice as the one you have in your BluRay players.
f) Fix your horribly bug-ridden "PC Share Manager". I can crash the UI at will, and recently, though the server is supposedly running, I can't see it on the network...and the only thing I changed as adding a bunch of new video files. TVersity is a decent work-around, but it doesn't provide picture thumbnails like your server does.
But before anything, please fix the auto-dimming. Seriously.