Summary: Perfect screen, that is head and shoulders beyond the competition. Paired with Smart TV firmware and is just awful. A few years ago it was possible to buy a non-Smart Samsung TV, and well informed buyers did. It is clear that Samsung saw this, and responded by forcing it's horrible firmware on everyone. And after the June 2014 update it is still horrible. The list of app short cuts that appear by default includes things you've never heard of, but excludes Hulu.
Summary: I purchased a large and expensive Samsung LED TV from Amazon. Amazon was great. Fast and easy delivery. Unfortunately after 10 months, the TV stopped functioning at all. It made a clicking sound when the power button was depressed, but no image or sound. Fortunately, it was still under warranty. Samsung sent out a local repairman who fixed the TV. He mentioned it would have cost $1000 for the repair (replacing 2 circuit boards) if I was paying for it.
Thick vertical stripes/bands across the Screen. DO NOT BUY THE 65 INCH VERSION
28 June 2013
Summary: The TV interface is nice and we really wanted to love this (very expensive) television. However, while watching movies on Amazon Prime or tv shows on Hulu (through the SmartTV feature) we see thick vertical dark bands across the screen. It is particularly noticeable on lighter backgrounds and really detracts from the viewing experience, so much that my husband and I cannot stand to use this TV we paid so much money for (almost $3K).
Amazon Excellent Customer Service - Samsung No Quality Control
Kevin M, Amazon
26 April 2013
Summary: After buying Samsung TV's for over 10 years and being very happy with them I will never buy a Samsung product ever again. I originally purchased a Panasonic TCP65-ST50 and whilst the picture quality was fantastic I discovered I was susceptible to seeing Plasma lag (I can see yellow flickering in the whites), so I thought it was time go back to Samsung. I was originally put off by some of the bad reviews but when it reached the right price I thought why not.
Too many Panel issues - Clouding, Banding & Flashlighting were so bad for a flagship product
25 April 2013
Summary: Unfortunately I had the worst experience with my first Samsung product in years. In reading the reviews for this top-of-the-line TV, I was sure that the misfortunes of some owners must be the vocal minority. There's no way a flagship product that looks like such an amazing piece of hardware could be this bad. That or maybe there was just a bad batch and Samsung probably has that sorted out. That's what I was thinking anyway when I made my purchase.
Summary: Bright spots from the corners and one the size of a basketball right in the middle of the screen. This was an amazon warehouse purchase, so you think it would have been tested before being resold. Returned right away, what a waste of time.
Summary: Have had the Samsung UN65ES8000 for a week. At first, it was great. Movies looked fantasic, blu-rays were even better, smart hub has a lot to offer and being able to skype on the big screen is great. However, I love to watch sports and the next day decided to take in A hockey game. After just a few minutes I noticed this these faint darker colored vertical bands going back and forth across the white background of the ice.
Summary: I received this 65" TV on 2/7/13. I was hoping that it would be problem-free, unlike the experience of many. Alas on day 2 it developed banding problems. These are vertical bands that you can see when the camera pans across a field. It seems like a soccer game really reveals this problem. When the camera moves across the field you can see areas of light/dark (vertical) bands. I cannot see the bands in any other scenes during the game, such as closeups, goal area, etc.
Summary: Going to try and keep this short. If you are thinking of buying a 60inch version or below, you'll find that picture quality is good and if you wanted better, you'd really want to go the plasma route with the understanding that for the increased picture quality you get with the plasma you end up with some disadvantages (babying the tv more to avoid image retention). Ok, now for the real reason I am writing this: The 65 inch model is flawed/defective.