If I had to recommend just one Blu-ray player for 2012, it would be the Panasonic DMP-BDT220 ($130 street price). It's in the sweet spot of Panasonic's Blu-ray lineup, with built-in Wi-Fi and an excellent set of streaming-media services, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant, Vudu, MLB.TV, and Pandora. And while competing players from Samsung and Sony offer just as many streaming apps, they're hamstrung by awkward user interfaces.
The DMP-BDT220 also has a few other perks, like 3D compatibility, 2D-to-3D conversion, and Skype, although the front-panel SD card slot is probably the most useful. Altogether, the Panasonic DMP-BDT220 is the best current value in the Blu-ray player category, earning an Editors' Choice Award.
April 13, 2012 1:52 PM PDT
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