Summary: If you want an inexpensive Blu-ray DVD player that plays just about any format, this is for you. It is also Wireless System Ready, which means that with the proper router and setup you can stream Netflix. The quality of sound and vision is just as good as any other Blu-ray player I have owned (Samsung and Sony), but I would warn that the DVD takes much longer to load than the other players I have used.
Summary: I mainly use this for DVD's (no problem whatsoever) and through the Network (wired) with Netflix and Pandora. Pandora seems ok. Netflix is ALWAYS trouble and requires far too much buffering to make viewing pleasant. Netflix support claims it is my ISP, they are no help. Same video, same internet connection with my computer is perfect, ROKU is perfect.
Pros: DVD's play with astounding quality. When the network works it is good.
Cons: VieraCast is very slow. Netflix interface is clunky and not anywhere near as good as Roku's. There seems to be few ways to debug this and Panasonic support is non-existent.
Summary: I have both this player, and a Samsung C5500. Both are on the same network, with the same router, and even the ethernet cables are from the same manufacturer bought from New Egg at the same time.
Pros: It works as a Blu-Ray player and can access Netflix (usually).
Cons: The Viera-Cast access is VERY slow and the interface is clunky. No way to access other content on the network and doesn't play all types of computer files.
Summary: I don't usually feel the need to write reviews, but my experience with this certainly warranted one. I don't have any Blu-Ray disks yet and bought this as a preemptive upgrade with my new HDTV. For normal store-bought DVDs it works great and delivers a wonderful picture, but a lot of my videos are home movies on finalized DVD-R disks. NONE of the recorded disks will play correctly.
OK with blu ray; Not happy with regular DVD upconversion
Mighty Mouse, Amazon
19 March 2010
Summary: While I am pleased with the BR playback, a lot is left to be desired in terms of PQ with the regular DVD upconversion. My old Toshiba HD-DVD A3 player blows this away in terms of regular DVD upconversion. That's why I am giving this player only 3 stars. Not all BR owners will have an exclusive BR collection so I wish Panasonic worked hard to make sure this unit will still give very satisfactory upconversion like their older DVD players.