Summary: The unit works just fine with DVDs, but 49 times out of fifty, when performing the "Network Easy Setting", it finds the network but fails when it checks for a connection to the internet (Error code B019). I'm still trying to find a fix. Verizon tells me to call Panasonic, Panasonic tells me to call Verizon. Update: After another support session with Verizon, the tech suggested that I toss my Linksys router and plug ALL devices directly into the Verizon modem/router.
Summary: I purchased this unit to give maximum video source flexibility for a minimal price. I primarily use Netflix streaming, so I considered an Apple TV for $99. However, I occasional play DVD or BlueRay discs, so having that capability is helpful. This device gives me both for the same price as the Apple TV. Plus it has numerous other streaming services, like Vudu, YouTube, etc. Device operates well.
Summary: THIS IS A GOOD PIECE OF EQUIPMENT THAT IS AS ADVERTISED AND ALSO USER FRIENDLY. WAS ABLE TO USE OUT OF THE BOX. CONNECTED TO NETFLIX WITH NO ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT. PCTURE IS EXCELLENT. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PURCHASE. WELL WORTH THE PRICE.
Summary: My sole purpose for investigating Blu-Ray devices was to determine of they were better than the single function Roku media player for accessing Netflix streaming video content. I started fooling around with Netflix streaming video on my PC over a fairly fast DSL connection several months ago. Over that period the quality of the Netflix streaming product has improved considerably.
Summary: I am not techno-phobic, but I am techno-fatigued. I have had to do setups and/or learn way too many arcane and non-intuitive applications and installations. No problem with this product, despite the concerns in many of the reviews I read before purchase. Hookup is foolproof. Updates(on 1/2/2011) were seamless.
Summary: I recently got this blu ray player to replace a dvd player and was happy with the outcome. This is a fantastic blu ray player it's sleek and slim and produces great quality from both dvds and blu rays. Now why this is rated so low is because people didn't do their research. Yes this is netflix ready and a networking player but it requires a $70 dollar add on in order to do it. If you have the cash it's fantastic and a great home theater addition.
Summary: This player works great for disks and for Netflix streaming video. The menus are clunky to use but manageable. Using the Panasonic "easy-setup", this player was extremely easy to setup and use. I only had one problem and that was when the unit updated its firmware to version 1.43 which disabled Netflix. It took Panasonic 2 days to release a new firmware version to fix this issue. This is a great player for the money.
Netflix streaming problems fixed w/ v 1.51 firmware, Vudu added
23 November 2010
Summary: *** Update - as of 11/24/2010 a new firmware update is available for the BD-65. The version is 1.51 and it fixes the Netflix streaming problem. Updated the evening of 11/24/2010 (took about 10 tries as Panasonic's server was very busy). The new firmware also adds Vudu (nice pay by the the movie HD streaming site) and twitter (who cares) to the Viera cast interface.
Great Value & Works Well but Netflix Software is Old
H. Pratt, Amazon
23 November 2010
Summary: I bought this Blu-ray player to replace an older DVD player. I don't watch a lot of Blu-rays yet but I wanted to be able to stream Netflix to my TV without using my Wii or PS3. While it does work out of the box I've found that it's an older version of the Netflix application which pretty much sucks. I had to revert back to using my Wii since the new version of software is so much easier to use.
Summary: In late 2009, I was reading blu-ray player reviews (from Amazon) and here is what I found: * Firmware updates - These should be automatic & essentially "invisible". Many people commented on issues w/ Samsung and even LG having issues w/ the players after installing the latest updates. The biggest issue commented on was that Samsung didn't appear to issue a fix - even after people had contacted the vendor (Samsung did replace the players). Panasonic had high ratings here.