Pros Ease of use and setup, Good streaming and Disc video quality, many Internet options.
Cons No Netflix yet and some limits on file formats for USB connections.
Summary This is an excellent all around consumer problem with one flaw. The company needs to be more honest about its problem with the Netflix connection issue and quit wasting people's time trying to fix something that can't be fixed. Netflix is just one of many uses of the machine and can be replaced on another device that is likely owned by many owners of blu-ray players. Panasonic should honor its warranty and replace devices that do not work or remove Netflix from its Vericast options.
"So far so good"on by MikegReview
Pros Everything works great for me
Cons Nothing so far
Summary I bought this Blui ray player after reading reviews and this being named the top blu ray player so far of 2011 in August. I dont have a 3D TV but nice to know if i did i have a blu ray player for it.
I have to say it is a huge change from my old LG blu ray. This thing loads very fast, connects to wifi fast, and has stayed connected. I havent had a problem with Netflix at all. I have used it for several hours everyday for the past 2 weeks, Things are looking good on this Blu ray, i did have a firmware update upon connecting to wifi, so if you get it make sure you update.
Oh i was worried about the hand scan just randomly opening while watching a movie. It doesn't you kinda have to go slow across the top to make it open.
Pros Excellent picture quality with BD and upconverted DVDs, easy wireless set-up, slim design, fast load
Cons Remote would benefit from being a bit larger (less crowded).
Summary I installed this player on August 1, 3 days ago. Set-up was very easy; I didn't consult the User Manual at all. After connecting to my home network Wi-fi the firmware was updated to 1.68. I'll admit that I have not been a subscriber to Netflix but out of curiosity (due to negative reviews on this site) I initiated a trial membership. I was delighted to find out that Netflix streaming videos offer English sub-titles on many titles, or at least those that I looked up. I am hard of hearing and depend upon captions and subtitles. I have watched two movies on Netflix so far with nary a glitch or hiccup. This is my first streaming video experience not using a computer and I am impressed. As for the more important functions -- playing Blu-rays and DVDs, this machine is beautiful. It is my second Blu-ray player. My first one-- a Sony 350 that is nearly 3 years old -- now does duty with our second (smaller) HDTV. The Sony takes 20 seconds just to open the tray to receive a disk and much more time to load a Blu-ray. By comparison the Panasonic is blazing fast. What a difference.
I must also admit that I was hesitant to get this player at first because of some of the scathing reviews on this site, but I was also curious as to why user reviews at other sites gave it much more positive ratings. I finally decided not to trust the negative reviews here because some were so critical of CNET itself. (Really? Blame CNET because their reviewer got the machine to work and you couldn't?) I did buy mine from a merchant with a good return policy, but it is clear that I won't need to return this.
The one problem I did have was in the clash of remotes. I have a Panasonic DVD recorder in my home theater and suddenly both Panasonics were responding to each other's remotes. Had I bothered to read the user manual earlier I would have learned that it is easy to reset the remote code on one or the other so that they will work independently. Once I looked this up I reset the remote code on the 210 and both machines are happy.
I certainly have no doubts that some people have had legitimate problems getting Netlfix to work. I can't answer to what may have been causing their problems. I would guess firmware except that the CNET reviewer did not have any Netflix problems with the older firmware. I can tell you that my Panasonic is working perfectly.
Pros Slim design, fast loading, easy setup and does everything right
Cons The remote could bave been lighted, the buttons are hard to see, very close together
Summary I have owned 3 Panasonic Blu-ray players since the Blu-ray has been out, the BD10, BD35 and BD60 and this one is many levels up from the the rest. Never has playing a Blu-ray Disc been so quick and easy and accessing the Netflix and other on line services been so quick and effortless. This slim player fits almost anywhere unless you want to place it so you can wave your hand to open and close the disc tray, give it a little more space. The player is glossy black with very little other design elements, but you really don't need that in a player, just make it easy to operate, load BDs fast and access the services you want quickly-this player does this effortlessly. My other Panasonics BD players are still going strong(sold them to family and friends), I just had to upgrade to this one, then I got two for both HDTVs, this brand holds up well,too.
Pros Thanks to the honest and accurate feedback of customers, I have avoided buying this system with its continuing issues over Netflix Streaming. Pay attention to the customer.
Cons CNET Review
Summary Over the last couple of years I have noticed a disturbing trend at CNET - a diminishing amount of integrity, accuracy, and thoroughness in its product reviews. The recent review of the Panasonic DMP-BDT210 (reviewed by Matthew Moskovciak and edited by John P. Falcone) provides an excellent example. This was a product of which I had great interest, and I was heartened by Matt's 4 stars and Editor's Choice. Then I began to read the customer reviews and noticed a large number of comments regarding this product's failure with Netflix. I understand this is just one aspect of this product, and it should not color the whole review; however, the customer expects all aspects of the product to function right down to the indicator light. The Netflix issue was not mentioned in Matt's review. Even if this was not an issue during his review, shouldn't professional integrity force have forced CNET to amend the review, address the issue, and champion the cause for the consumer forcing Panasonic to address the problem. This is what I originally expected and got from CNET.
CNET used to be my first and last internet source to research and compare products. I needed no other. Now, I find the user reviews to be more on point and more accurate than the professional reviewers at CNET. I am forced to double check CNET reviews with other competing sites. What has happened??