Panasonic DMP-BD77EB-K Smart Network Blu-ray Player - Black (Old model) (discontinued by manufacturer)
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BD77 – Smart Network Blu-ray Disc Player
The BD77 is a full-HD 2D Blu-ray player compatible with IP services such as Netflix, YouTube for easy enjoyment of movies and streaming video.
Feature packed home entertainment
A classic design and superb Full HD picture quality - this 3D Blu-ray Player fulfills all your needs.
Full HD Up Sampling (New P4HD)
Get sharper, clearer images - Full HD Up Sampling also allows standard definition movies on DVD discs to approach Full HD quality. The picture is intelligently analysed to optimise the processing of each pixel.
Fast Booting and Loading
With the new DMP-BD77EB, the time it takes from launching the menu to playing a disc is much shorter than in conventional models. Starting and loading the disc from standby is also quick, for more comfortable movie viewing.
Panasonic Blu-ray Disc products feature state-of-the-art technologies to provide you with a host of convenient, easy-to use functions.
Great Online Services
Explore online entertainment - The DMP-BD77EB offers a great selection of Online Services. Enjoy Catch-up TV with the BBC iPlayer, get the latest online videos on YouTube, or simply order your favourite Movie or TV Show right into your living room with Netflix or Acetrax.
Enjoy multi content on your PC in a separate room - DLNA-certified Blu-ray Disc Players and Home Theaters are easy to use with your home network. Share and enjoy digital photos (JPEG), music (MP3, WMA) and videos (AVCHD, WMV) by simply connecting to a home network (LAN).
External HDD Playback
Easily enjoy stored content - The 2012 Blu-ray Disc Players and Home Theaters are compatible with NTFS (NT File System) format external hard disk drives, so you can enjoy music (FLAC, MP3), photos (JPEG, MPO), and camcorder video content (AVCHD, MP4) archived on an external HDD. • Playback is not possible with some external hard disk drives.
Enjoy Blu-ray Disc with your favorite setting - As many as 4 users can be registered. Not only can each user’s name be set but also all of the user’s favorite settings, including the user’s icon, picture mode and audio mode. You can even set the GUI screen background for your Blu-ray Disc player to any image you want. For example, you can use a photo that you took with a digital camera and stored onto an SD Memory Card.
Network Drive Access
Enjoy multi-source content on a server via a network - Network Drive Access provides Blu-ray Disc players with an alternative network file access platform. You can enjoy pictures, videos and music on a shared folder on your Windows PC or Network Attached Storage (NAS).
Enjoy photos and movies easily with USB devices - You can enjoy photos, movies and music archived on a USB memory device or external hard disk drive.
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This player DOES support BBC iPlayer. A number of earlier reviews were rather upset over the lack of support for BBC iPlayer which I can only assume was added at a later date or they had not updated the firmware on their player. I can confirm BBC iPlayer is working through this player with firmware version 1.33, Oct 2012. As well as BBC iPlayer there is also support for You Tube, Netflix and Acetrax Movies.
This player has great support for different file types, it will play all your old movies on DVD and it has played all blu ray disc I have rented and purchased without any issues what so ever (latest firmware installed). The USB support is very handy and this player supports NTFS file system as well as older FAT32, FAT16 etc. There is support for DivX HD, xvid, BD live and it will play files in avi and MKV format. AVI files play fine and are very reliable, some files in mkv format don't play but most do. MP4 files don't play at all with this player.
I'd highly recommend updating the firmware on any modern blu ray player to get the best out of it. Updating the firmware (software) gives you maximum compatible with all new blu ray features and fixes any bugs. This player currently ships with firmware version 1.00 so it's good to get this updated. Really simple to update, if you have it connected to your network just go to the appropriate menu options in settings and it will update itself for you. If you don't want to connect the player to your network it's still very easy to update, just go to the Panasonic support website and download the latest firmware for this model. Burn the file to a blank CD and then insert into player, normally takes about 8 minutes to update after inserting the disc.
This player is really compact and the build quality is excellent as with all Panasonic products. Blu ray discs are fast to load and there is even a mode you can switch on to make booting even faster. I'm really pleased with my players and think they are great value for money. This player will appeal to people looking for a quality product at a good price and who are not bothered about 3D movies.
Some people have commented that their player is noisy. I really don't have a problem with any of mine, there are some initiation noises when you first turn on/put a disc in but no noise that would spoil enjoyment whilst watching.
If you're wondering whether to buy this model DMP BD77 or last years DMP BD75 here are a few differences: DMP BD-75 does not have the network support to play content from the internet like BBC iPlayer/You Tube or play files from your local network via a DNLA enabled device. The eject button is very easy to press when you're not intending to do so on the DMP BD75, this newer model has a redesigned eject button which is a good improvement. You can see folders straight away on this model when accessing your files via USB, last years model folders are always hidden until you press the option button which is slightly irritating. This new model support profiles so you can have different settings for different family members. I'm not a fan of the default white wallpaper on the settings screen on this new model but it is easily changed to another colour of your choice. Basically if you like playing files via network/USB buy this new model and if you don't think you'll ever use those features then save yourself £10 and buy the still excellent DMP BD75 (2011 model).
Amazon delivery and service was excellent as always.
Update: December 2012 - I'm still a big fan of these players and think they're great for the money. Just a quick update with some more useful information. I tried using a USB stick formatted with exFAT but this is not supported with these players which is a shame but not a big deal. I'll continue to use NTFS format on my USB sticks when using this player. The reason this is important is that most USB sticks will come formatted in FAT16/32 and you'll encounter problems trying to copy large files to them, anything over 2GB/4GB. You'll see a message saying there is not enough space even though you know there is plenty of free space on the drive. This is a file size limit of the older FAT formats and you can easily hit this limit with today's HD movies. The answer is to format your USB stick into NTFS which should be pretty straight forward to do but there is one step you may need to know about to be successful (Optimize for performance). [...]
Using exFAT would have been nice if supported as it has a lower overhead than NTFS and still supports large file. exFAT is also more compatible between MAC and PC as MACs can read NTFS but can't natively write to NTFS.
In comparison to my 3 year old player this Panasonic is a revelation, and for the price is icing on the cake.
It loads disks quickly enough for me not to bother with fast boot mode, and is quiet in operation.
Most importantly it has played EVERY file format I have chucked at it so far, and I have connected my Seagate 1TB Backup Plus Portable Hard Drive which is USB powered and it reads and plays all the video and picture files on there no problem. All folders and files are displayed.
I haven't connected to network yet, but that's not what I bought it for. I will comment on that later.
REVISION IN OCTOBER 2012: Thanks to Amazon user - Mercurybay - I connected the box back into my network, downloaded the October Firmware update and BBC iPlayer now works! So I have now up improved the items rating to 3 stars.
The replacement arrived and Yipee! it plays discs. It also connects to my router via a cable and I can watch Netflix or YouTube. However, the description on this site, and most other websites, says that this player has the facility to watch BBC iPlayer. It doesn't. Which was a big problem to me as that was one of my main reasons for choosing it. I emailed Panasonic who were particularly unhelpful and basically said 'tough luck' until I threatened to take matters further. Then they said they would accept a return of the item, but that I would have to sort it out with the retailer. Given the hassle I had with the first one I'm dreading organising this return. The unit does play discs and it does it well enough. But there are cheaper players out there that will probably do it just as well.
All in all I'm disappointed with the player, the retailer, and Panasonic and I wouldn't recommend this product or these companies to anyone.
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