Summary: Frustrated with this product. Will replace this with something not Panasonic. CNET should keep a library of damaged discs and test the players for resilience in their playback. I've seen enough cheerful reviews that don't get to the most serious problems that real consumers face. If it can't play discs very well, the recommendation and rating is worthless.
Pros: Plays most discs I received from Netflix as well as streaming content.
Cons: Slow menu interface and disc loading. Not able to play lightly damaged discs.
Summary: I purchased this Blu-ray player on sale through Best Buy almost a year ago after my previous one (a Samsung) stopped transmitting video. I was able to plug this in and it walked me through the setup step by step. My only trouble was with modifying the application screen, which after pulling out the instruction manual I was able to easily remove apps I wasn't going to use and add the ones I would and put them into places to make it easier for me to maneuver.
Pros: Simple, quick setup, Easy navigation, App screen easy to setup/modify (once you read the instructions)
Summary: I bought this 13 months ago since it was editor's pick. It worked pretty good, but some snafus with streaming speed (I know it wasn't the connection speed from my home wifi, which is plenty fast. For some reason the player often had trouble getting fast wifi.) For the last few months, its ability to read blu ray discs has been terrible. Now nearly every disc I get from Netflix (which are usually a little bit scratched) skips at one point during the film.
Summary: Wifi streaming from the internet is now an indispensable method for getting movies and other entertainment. Spend a few bucks more if necessary to get a player with better streaming capabilities.
Pros: Blue Ray player works perfectly and set up was fairly easy.
Cons: YouTube audio doesn't play on my machine and their telephone help desk personnel simply couldn't figure out how to fix it. Tried a dozen different setting changes to no avail. VERY frustrating!
Summary: Read reviews and picked this product for function and price. Had no problem setting it up and using it. Only weak point is you have to buy a $100 camera to be able to use Skype. I won't be using the Skype function with this unit because of the cost.
Summary: I purchased this Blu Ray due to reviews last year at this time. It has run solid for the past year. To harp on the simplicity of the menu system, my then 4 year old, now 5 year old, can get to Netflix streaming and operate a disk without asking for any help. That tells you the ease of navigating. We have had no wireless issues as described by others reveiwers. I had no issues at all with the device.
Pros: Very easy to use., Menus look great., Amazon Prime works great., Netflix good once in a movie or tv show.
Cons: Netflix menu interface is slow and tedious., Customer support regarding Netflix menu interface is a joke.
Close your eyes and listen. Close your ears and watch. When you discover that this thing is so inexpensive, you'll wonder why you ever thought about buying anything else!
14 March 2013
Summary: After years of searching and finally buying the pieces of my home entertainment system, I was missing the DVD player. I thought that this would be a difficult choice, but found that the reviews for this device were excellent from a few trusted sources, including the AVS forum. Only a few on Amazon exclaimed that an OTA update had "messed up the Wifi and Netflix." Apparently Panasonic listened and corrected it, mentioning it in their updates. - 1.53.
Pros: Absolutely stunning 24p play back. Networked Apps are flawless (wired). Very customizable. Unbelievable DLNA capability. Ability to skip the unskippables in a DVD. Overall professional onscreen GUI. Audio Quality is surprisingly very good. Upscaling as a customizable, menu driven item. Very Apple-esque.
Cons: Wish it linked to Non-Windows NAS better. Needs longer passwords for Networked Drives.