... Anyway, my TV is a Panasonic, and there are certain advantages to sticking with the same make - less fumbling for yet another bloody remote control being the main one since the TV remote will handle basic 'transport' functions on the Blu-Ray player.
As luck would have it, the Panasonic BD35 ... Read review
Internet connection is hard-wired. Perplexing manual
"...luck would have it, the Panasonic BD35 gets rave reviews and only costs about 15 quid more than the Samsung. Having a 'Dooyoo, voucher' credited to Amazon, where the machine costs £185, helped too.
The machine is the usual 'hi-fi width' but extremely slim, height wise. Apart from almost flush on/off and open/close switch, there are no visible controls, although a drop-down flap conceals some basic transport buttons (stop, start, ..."
Ciao members have rated this review on average: exceptional
"...choice, until I discover this Panasonic model, which is about the same price as many profile 1.1 players, just £189 (from Amazon). This should completely future-proof my purchase. The internet connection requires an ethernet cable connection and does not support WiFi, but then you don't really need it anyway just for watching films.
What is the catch?
This is the budget 2.0 player, with only limited connectivity. It has HDMI output for connection ..."
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Some 'jerkiness'. Limited SD Card and Divx capability. Some expected formats not accepted.
"...only video with the specific Panasonic AVCHD structure. And finally although the player is DIVx compatible it will only play these from DVD-R (not R/W) and CD-R (not R/W). It cannot play DIVx Ultra nor Divx in HD.
Do note the limitations on audio output (the BD55 has more options).
If you wish to check out the specification go to the Panasonic site and download the manual.
As blu ray had won the HD war I wanted to build a blu ray library rather ..."
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