Summary: Can you get better than the Panasonic BDT220? Yes you can, but it will cost you. If you're looking at spending a reasonable amount of cash, then we don't think you'll find better than this. It's a step up from the entry-level models, incorporating Panasonic's excellent VIERA Connect Smart TV, full HD 3D playback and outstanding connectivity, including built-in Wi-Fi. It also produces the best picture quality we've seen at this kind of price, and excellent audio too.
Conclusion: When we review products, we try to be as objective as possible. In other words, we like to call out the good and the bad. However, I found myself really stretching to come up with "Turns Offs" for the DMP-BDT220. Is it the greatest Blu-ray 3D player ever made? Um, no. However, it certainly is an excellent player for the price. If you've been waiting to add a player with streaming services or 3D capabilities, this is the one for you.
Pros: Unbelievably low price, 3D playback, Stellar image, Built-in WiFi
Cons: No Pandora out of the box (requires additional set-up), More apps, please, Load times could be a squeak quicker, Panasonic DMP-BDT220 on Panasonic's website
Excerpt: It will be interesting to see where the Blu-ray player market goes in the next few years. We reached a point of diminishing returns on the newer lines of players. The Bluray spec hasn’t changed since the adoption of 3D, so there’s nothing new to add, and just about every device out there has an insurmountable number of streaming features. But that could have been said about last year’s models.
Summary: The Panasonic DMP-BDT220 is the best Blu-ray value of 2012, with built-in Wi-Fi, tons of streaming-media apps, 3D compatibility, and a simple user interface.
Pros: The Panasonic DMP-BDT220 has built-in Wi-Fi, 3D compatibility, and the Viera Connect suite of streaming-media services, which includes Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant, Pandora, and Vudu. The user interface for the streaming-media apps is straightforward, plus you can jump right to Netflix with the dedicated Netflix button on the remote. There are a few other minor perks, including Skype compatibility, a front-panel SD card slot, and a superfast quick-start mode.
Cons: Viera Connect doesn't support any subscription music services (like MOG, Rdio, or Spotify) nor does it have Flixster for UltraViolet support. The DMP-BDT220 also doesn't play back DivX or Xvid files.
Summary: The DMP-BDT220 occupies a potentially awkward position in Panasonic’s 2012 Blu-ray player range. Is it merely a plain-Jane, utility-spec version of the brilliant DMP-BDT320? Or is it actually a nailed-on bargain that can deliver almost everything the pricier player offers for quite a bit less money?
Pros: Basic but effective specs, Superb picture and decent sound, Variety of streaming services
Cons: Joyless styling, Doesn't match its pricier brothers
Conclusion: If you want something that is affordable yet feature-enriched, Panasonic DMP-BDT220 Blu-Ray Player is the device you are looking for. It has all the features of a standard Blu-ray player, but costs much less.
Pros: Panasonic DMP BDT220 is packed with astonishing audio playback features like Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD MA, DTS-HD etc. Along with this, the Dolby Digital+ is also present for your sheer entertainment.
Cons: The Blu-ray player lacks some connectivity features like DVI and Coaxial.