Good, Cheap, Works. Critical Reviews are Out of Date.
23 April 2012
Summary: Does everything expected of it. The critical reviews are out of date and any problems I had were related to terrible AT&T DSL and 2Wire Modem issues. I purchased this for Christmas 2011 and it performed a firmware update as soon as it was connected to the internet. Netflix and Hulu Plus works like a charm. I do have AT&T DSL and 2WIRE Modem issues related to my 5 wifi devices (not counting guests with smartphones using my wifi) plus this BluRay player.
Pros: Cheap. Works. No issues. Nifty no button "wave of the hand" to open/close player. Very elegant and slim space saving device.
Cons: Needs good high speed internet wifi signal to work. Sensitive to WiFi modem issues with too many wifi devices.
Lousy WI-FI Connectivity and WORST customer service
20 April 2012
Summary: If I payed myself minimum wage, with the time I spent with deplorable customer service, I could have paid for the damn thing!
Pros: Nice user interface
Cons: Frequent skips or stops during playback of BluRay discs., Despite 2 firmware updates, the WiFi could not connect to a powerful signal., Countless calls to tech support & customer service resulted in me throwing the unit into the street to be run over,
If you really want to stream from Netflix then move on.
28 March 2012
Summary: I've been a loyal reader of CNET (and ZDNet) for over 20 years and wouldn't make an electronics purchase without checking their site first. A primary driver for me in getting a new Blu Ray player (the old Sony works fine) was to get Wi-Fi streaming access in general but primarily to Netflix. I had read the well documented reports of other users regarding "black flashing" problems with this unit and Netflix which was primarily attributed to a firmware glitch.
Pros: Decent image quality with discs, and with streaming when it's not flashing black.
Cons: Still can't stream Netflix as of February 2012 even with the latest firmware download. Lay out of remote is not very functional as it is far to easy to hit a button that shuts down streaming when you meant to use the toggle.
Cons: Has black flickers when playing Netflix. Usually two in a row. I've got a top notch Linksys E4200 and have verified on the bluray player that it's receiving a N wifi signal, with all bars., Also, the handsfree opener is annoying., Disappointing
Summary: Without a doubt this is an excellent Blu-ray player overall, but I have found some things not to my liking. I bought it to replace an old Insignia with integrated Wi-Fi that has been slowly degrading these last few months. Out of the box, the DMP-BDT210 is a sharp-looking little unit. It has the same width as typical home theater components but is only about 7 inches deep.
I will never again buy anything panasonic/technics!
14 January 2012
Summary: After a week of trying to set this up to play through a network drive because this hunk of junk will not send decent quality over dlna, I eventually snapped and bounced this junk off my floor repeatedly. I have never before felt fury like it and hope to never again. Because of this player I will not have blu ray in my house EVER!
Pros: Err, err uhm eh hmm oh it comes with a plug and the box looked nice!
Cons: Well just about everything, impossible to setting up the network drive facility, dlna streaming is awful for films.
Summary: Got this at Costco for a good price..40 bucks off promotion with net price of $129.99. After reading about the Netflix issues dating back 6 months or more, I figured Panasonic would have corrected the issues by now. I guess not. Not even bothering with calling Support. I'm returning this after two days and getting a Roku. I can't comment on the BD performance, etc. Primary purchase was for NF streaming. I took a chance and I was wrong.
Pros: Easy set up. Found wireless network quickly. Had Netflix playing in ten minutes.
Cons: Netflix interface is great. Comparable to Playstation 3 which I'm familiar with. Right from the start, however, every few minutes the screen flickers and goes black. The picture comes right back but it's extremely annoying.