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4.0 out of 5 stars An almost perfect Blu-ray player., 23 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Panasonic DMP-BDT230EB Smart Network 3D Blu-ray Disc Player - Black (discontinued by manufacturer) (Electronics)
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Pros and cons of the Panasonic DMP-BDT230EB Smart Network 3D Blu-ray disc player.

Pros.

The picture quality on Blu-ray is phenomenal. I went to my go to disc - Avatar, and it really is incredible! The CGI now looks fake in places (some would argue it already did) because the picture quality is so good. The DVD upscale is great too. Discs load lightning fast, I thought my LG player was fast but this is as fast as a DVD player.

Make sure you update the software in settings when you get the player. Set-up, player settings, system, firmware update.

The player has built in w-fi / internet and a number of apps that can be found quickly by pressing the internet button. These are Netflix, YouTube (sign in via the player to your account, to get access to all your watch later videos / subscriptions), BBC i-player, i-concerts (concerts of your fav artists that you have to pay for), CNBC news, Games, Dailymotion, Euronews, facebook, twitter and two radio channels. I'm sure they'll be more apps in the future.

You can watch your photos, videos and listen to music via a USB connection / USB with SD card.

I used to have a Samsung Blu-ray player that was very noisy, and therefore annoying. This player is small and quiet - it hardly makes a peep, even when loading discs.

You can connect the player (wireless) to your tablet / phone. The info from the tablet / phone will appear on the television.

Built in 3D! If you have a 3D TV go nuts.

I like the smallish remote control apart from the (fairly) large Netflix button which I occasionally press by accident. It's too near to the up and down menu buttons.

Cons.

No LoveFilm! This is quite a big deal for me because I subscribe to LoveFilm and not Netflix. If you log into LoveFilm via the built-in internet (because there's no app) you still can't stream via the player. With the giant Netflix button on the remote I don't see this changing anytime soon. Bad news.

Occasionally the player gets confused and stalls / crashes. I've had to unplug it a couple of times.

It's probably personally taste but I'm not particularly keen on the menu layout. It's an up and down / across menu system. Example - left is photos, right is music, up is Internet, down is videos. Sometimes it goes too far to the left or right which is annoying, it's a little too sensitive to the press of a button.

Conclusion.

It isn't perfect (what is?) but it's close enough. As you can see there are far more pros than cons. If your main reason for owning a player is to watch Blu-ray discs, don't hesitate, buy it now. It loads discs extremely fast and the picture quality is amazing. With LoveFilm on the player I'd be tempted to add another star.
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Initial post: 7 Apr 2014 18:12:32 BDT
A very useful review! You mention you cant stream on love film thorugh the normal internet browser, is it the same with iplayer?

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Apr 2014 18:35:27 BDT
Film Buff says:
Thanks. iplayer is included with the player as an app, so you don't need to stream it via a normal browser.
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