WARNING! Read this or you might regret your purchase
J. Bowen, Amazon
3 weeks ago
Summary: WARNING!! If you like weeding through advertising, this product is for you. I can't believe Panasonic sold their soul to advertisers who place their ads on the screen as you try to access segments of the player. In addition, they have placed a dedicated Netflix button right in the middle of the remote where I accidentally hit it. I wish I had returned this immediately. The player was easy to set up, but other elements make it an inferior product.
Summary: My BR player began freezing up around 90-days in service when watching a disk, streaming, on start up, or shut down. When it freezes, it won't respond to the remote or manual buttons. To get it working I had to unplug it. Unplugging it worked for a few weeks and now it won't even turn on. Since I am beyond the 90-day labor warranty, I was quoted a repair price that is more than what a new one costs.
Cons: Did not meet expectations, Poor quality, warranty
Summary: This model has the worst GUI I have ever seen, its design is non-intuitive, the apps are scarce, and they have the nerve to display sponsored advertising. There is an option to opt-out of the banner ads, but the opt-out option for the Home Page ads is grayed out. It is no wonder Panasonic has dropped to 5th place. I was impressed by their metal box, which is almost non-existent these days. I emailed Panasonic asking how to remove the remaining advertising.
Summary: It works well for playing blu-ray & dvd, but it is very annoying that it does not remember where you are after you turn off the unit. I guess it never occurred to the designers that someone might want to watch part of a disk one night and the rest the next without finding the spot they were at. Another very annoying thing which almost caused me to send it back is the splash screen which gives you new advertisements every time you turn it on.
Summary: I bought this in April 2013 and for the first 6 months I would have given it 5 stars. It dropped to 1 star in October when a firmware update (Ver. 154) rendered streaming services unusable. Since the update it drops the network connection every 20 minutes or so and must be powered off and back on (sometimes several times) to get it back. For a while I assumed another update would quickly come across to fix the issue but it has now been nearly a month.
Summary: Considering the playback of most Blu-Ray players is comparable, why would anyone buy a unit that comes with ads? Yes, every time you start it up, there's an ad. Find your way to the Marketplace on the unit, there's more ads. Oh, and that's another thing. The navigation is terrible. Sure, I could get used to it, but why should I? It's a poor design. Like I said, given that there are many comparably good units, there's just no reason to put up with this one.
Summary: First, some background. I own two of the previous model, the BDT-220. That model is the most fully featured Blu-ray player I've ever come across, with advanced audio and video calibration features typically found in models that cost $200+. For example, there are settings for chroma level, gamma level, a ton of audio remix options, and the biggie -- the ability to force 24p for *any* video source, including the internet sources (Netflix, Hulu+, etc).
Summary: Purchased BDP and camera so family could Skype through tv. BDP advertised as Skype capable but was not. Ended up buying Logitech Skype cam instead. No comments on blu-ray or other apps as those were secondary benefits we never made it to.