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I have had this DVD player for about 2 weeks now and overall it is pretty good. The picture qualit is simply stunning, even on my Panasonic projector.The sound quality is also very good. However, unlike other bluray players, this one is not SACD and DVD-Audio capable. Colors and the picture look a lot like in the movie theatres, thanks to Panasonic's proprietary video processors. Wi-Fi is not exacly built-in, but with a supplied dongle which is connected to a USB port in the back. USB extention cable is also provided for optimal placement of the dongle and better signal strength. Wi-fi set up was fairly easy, although I wish the instructions in the user's mannual were a bit more clear. Once connected to the internet, currently active services include Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, You Tube, Picasa, local weather, and Bloomberg stock ticker. Navigating via on-screen menus is a breeze with a decent remote. Movies streamed from Netflix worked flawlessly and the picture quality was surprisingly good! More video and music sites are likely to be added as there is a "Coming Soon" area, which is currently blank. Boot times and disc-loading times are pretty quick, on par with non-bluray players. Thus, one of the long standing negatives of bluray players no longer seems to be an issue.
All in all, a great player. Panasonic has indeed delivered a potential benchmark in this price/feature class. I would have given it five stars, but am giving it only four because of the lack of DLNA and limited number of currently availabile video/audio sites (compared to other manufacturers). If Panasonic addresses these issues with future firmware updates, this is clearly a five-star player. Panasonic, hope you are listening!
Simple to install, but take note it is not shipped with an HDMI lead in the box! Ethernet port in the back for network and single HDMI port for TV. On the front is a USB port for HDD or stick for movies or pictures.
Includes Facebook, Picasa, BBC player, YouTube, Netflix but no generic DNLA client which is disappointing. There does not seem to be a way of getting 4od, ITV player etc unless Panasonic provide firmware update including them.
Multi format playback is supported
DMP-BD81 Smart Network Blu-ray Disc Player
The BD81 is a compact Blu-ray and Multi-media player compatible with Internet provided services such as BBC iPlayer, Netflix and YouTube for easy enjoyment of catch-up TV, movies and streaming video. Other smart features include USB playback of digital photos, music and videos by simply connecting an external Hard Disc Drive or plugging in a USB memory stick.
Super Multi-format Disc and Media Playback
The beauty of upgrading to a Blu-ray Disc player is that not only can you enjoy the highest picture quality in high definition, but you can also continue to play back your collection of DVDs and CDs. But it doesn't stop there, Xvid, MKV, MP4, JPEG, FLAC, AAC, WMA and MP3 are all supported file formats making this player a true multi-media device.
Full HD Blu-ray Playback, High-end Audio and HD Video Streaming
High quality processing delivers Panasonic's award winning Blu-ray High Definition reproduction. Video-on-demand streaming is also upscaled to HD and FLAC audio support provide the best quality audio playback.
Overall, I can't see any function I could really say is "smart" hence only 4 stars.
DMP-BD81 Smart Network Blu-ray Disc DVD Multi Media Player High-definition BD images are faithfully reproduced with a level of quality that approaches the original.
In addition to movies, this Multi Media Player offers easy, high-quality enjoyment of the internet, an external HDD, and various other content.