Summary: I loved my old panasonic DVD player for 5 years, but when the spinning wheel finally broke, I decided it was time to buy a new machine. After a lot of research I purchased this one. For about 8 months it works perfectly, but then I started to notice some strange behavior. The picture blanks out about 3/4s through a normal length movie. You can still hear the sound and if you press the audio only a few times, the picture comes back, but the color is distorted.
Summary: Got this unit very early when first offered and was very pleased. Now it has a HDMI interface problem which requires me to go thru 480p to my HD TV using component setup. Have checked all cables and all HDMI units are working correctly. Really liked Panasonic players before this and no service center nearby.
Summary: Firstly, I don't think the blue light is annoying. In fact, I think it's kind of cool. Also, the picture is VERY clear, but not noticably better than my old Panasonic 5 disc changer. The only thing I REALLY don't like is the fact that if you use HDMI (which appears to be the only way it will up-convert the picture to 720p or 1080i), you only get two channels of sound. I thought mine was broken until I read it in the manual.
Summary: I bought this player because of the 1080i upconverting feature, which I now know to be more hype and advertising ballyhoo than fact. After playing and comparing parts of more than a dozen DVDs on the Panasonic at 1080i and our two-year-old Denon DVD-2200 at 480p, the Denon is the clear and convincing winner. The 1080i picture is considerably noisier, particularly in out-of-focus background areas, which look like a boiling pot of pixels.