Conclusion: Panasonic has been blazing a trail in standalone Blu-ray players for the last couple of years but they were a bit late to the game for online content access. So far, the actual content available in VIERA Cast is fairly limited (YouTube and Picasa, with Amazon on-demand content coming soon). Fortunately this is an extensible platform and more content partners can be brought on without any need for a hardware upgrade.
Pros: Excellent audio and video performance for DVD and BD playback, Flexible media playback options: CD, DVD, Blu-ray, SD card and USB port, VIERA Cast shows promise (YouTube is a good start)
Cons: No on-demand movie streaming as of yet (Amazon coming soon), VIERA Cast not fully integrated in its operation and currently limited in content choices, Operation times are just average and not improved over prior generation players
A high-end Blu-ray player with DivX playback and 7.1 analog audio output
Good Gear Guide.au
29 October 2010
Summary: The Panasonic DMP-BD80 is a top brass Blu-ray player with a respectable brace of bells and whistles. If you specifically require 7.1ch audio and DivX playback, it's pretty hard to beat. Otherwise, plump for its cheaper stable mate, the DMP-BD60.
Pros: Good multimedia playback, access to YouTube, superb 1080p video quality and upscaling
Cons: Start-up times could be a little faster, offers little to distinguish itself from the DMP-BD60
Summary: The world of home cinema kit waits for no manufacturer, and Panasonic has always proved a pace-setter when it comes to Blu-ray players. But in the face of increasingly stiff competition, will the spec-heavy Panasonic DMP-BD80 be able to keep up? Specification shines Suffice to say there's no problem with specification. This is one of only a handful of players that boasts multichannel analogue outputs.