"Everything is outstanding, INCLUDING NETFLIX"5.0 starson by msecour
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.