"Really great machine except for one major glitch"3.0 starson by haf canadian
Pros: Has all the goodies, including unique hand-swipe tray activation which is handy in a dark room.
Cons: One big, fat, glaring "oops, who'd a thunk they'd do that?" omission.
Summary: Nearly everything about the DMP-BDT215 seems great. Even the owner's manual is halfway readable by the common man, for once. It has built-in WiFi connectivity that sets up more easily than some devices I've tried. It has an intuitive on-screen menu. Costco's version includes an HDMI cable, adds their consierge tech support and extended warranty, and was the best buy I found. It will do just about anything you expect of the best blu-ray players, including Skype, movie streaming, play most discs and formats except, I think, Div-X and DVD-RAM. Admittedly, I haven't played a disk yet, but I'm sure it's fine; we don't have a 3D TV yet for me to judge that regard.
But the reason for my commentary, before having played a disk, is that right off the bat I discovered a glaring omission of what I consider a very basic and long-accepted feature: the unit's remote cannot be programmed to control the TV! Unless, of course, you run out and lay down new money for one of Panasonic's Vieras. Even my other Panasonic devices are programmable for other TV brands, so I find this move by Panasonic to be unprecedented.
Even though we plan in the near future to buy one of 4 major brands of 3D TV, and Viera was one those 4 being considered, this little coercive play by Panasonic may backfire, as I don't like being "forced". The player may get exchanged at Costco for a brand with similar features but whose remotes are intra-brand programmable like all device remotes in this day and age should be.