I currently have five BD-C5500's and a HT-C5500 and primarily got them for a consistent Blu-ray and streaming experience around the house. I have no major complaints about these as players (interface could be a bit more flexible) but the Samsung PCSM streaming software is a joke!
After being frustrated with Samsungs PCSM software and the lack of any development that makes it 'useable' I've been testing other servers among them J River Media Center, Mezzmo, Serviio, and TVersity.
I've settled though on Mezzmo.
I like the fact that:
- Once you select Video/Music/Photo on the players you only see folders/playlists that you have assigned to that category in Mezzmo.
- It keeps in sync, new files appear almost immediately after adding and you don't need to refresh the Database. I hate this with PCSM as you can't do this while someone is using it without cutting them off. - It keeps files in alphabetical order - PCSM would display in order that they were added. You have to unshare and share folders to get back in order.
- You can create your own playlists, e.g. based on genre, rating, year or rolodex style index.
- You can customize the thumbnail with your own image...... hopefully they will integrate with themoviedb.org and thetvdb.com
- I like the way they are heading with Sharing Permissions where you can only allow specific players ability to play some folders/playlists (like explicit content). Still needs some work thou
- It can transcode formats if not supported by the TV/BDP.
- They have a forum where you can provide feedback and get a response.
- They openly embrace suggestions.
- You can email their support and get a response that actually helps.
It costs $29.95 but in my view worth it.