Panasonic DMP-DB65K blu-ray impressions: Thumbs up!



For Christmas, I got a new Panasonic blu-ray player model DMP-DB65K with access to online content via Viera Cast. Supported online content includes:

  • Netflix
  • Vudu
  • Weather
  • YouTube
  • Amazon Video on Demand
  • Twitter
  • Piccasa
  • CinemaNow
  • Bloomberg Television
  • Fox Sports (coming soon)
This is my first blu-ray player and I bought it to replace an aging DVD player in my bedroom connected to my new 42" Panasonic plasma 1080p TV. I have an Apple TV with access to online content, including, Netflix that I am very happy with which is connected to another TV in the family room. Since the Panasonic blu-ray player doesn't have built-in wi-fi support, I have it connected to my home network via a Linksys Powerline network kit.

In short, I'm very happy with the Panasonic blu-ray player. It's easy to use, has a wealth of features and I got it at a great price.


Pros:
  • I picked mine up for $80 via an online special on Dealnews (my favorite shopping site)
  • Good selection of online content
  • Nice remote control and integration with my Panasonic TV (automatic input switching)
  • Easy to upgrade firmware (as soon as I plugged the unit it, it updated automatically)
  • Easy setup to connect to Netflix, Amazon on Demand etc.

Cons:
  • Slow performance displaying network menus and switching between functions. Network playback however is fine
  • No built-in wi-fi support
  • Netflix support is limited to playing instant queue only (no browsing the entire catalog)

Comments

James Knight said…
It also has USB support. You can play music or hi definition movies from file formats.
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