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).
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
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?