Manufacturer: Panasonic Part number: DMP-BDT210
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CNET editors' review
price range: $199.99 - $302.03
- Reviewed by: Matthew Moskovciak
- Edited by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 05/04/2011
- Released on: 03/15/2011
The good: The Panasonic DMP-BDT210 has built-in Wi-Fi, a simple user interface, and an excellent suite of streaming-media services, including Netflix, Amazon Instant, Vudu, Pandora, Skype, and CinemaNow. The DMP-BDT210 also has the fastest overall disc-loading speeds we've tested. And though its "touch-free" disc tray opener is a little gimmicky, we found it occasionally useful.
The bad: The Panasonic DMP-BDT210 has fewer overall streaming services than some competitors, missing some high-profile services like Hulu Plus and MLB.TV. It also lacks onboard memory for accessing BD-Live features.
The bottom line: The Panasonic DMP-BDT210's built-in Wi-Fi, simple user interface, Amazon Instant streaming, and blazing fast disc-loading speeds make it our favorite Blu-ray player of 2011 so far.
Panasonic DMP-BDT210 could have been a good product
by markmi300 on April 15, 2011
Pros: Easy setup and good interface
Cons: Netflix streaming and Panasonic Tech Support
Summary: Since I do not own a 3D television, the feature on the Blu-Ray player was not a driving factor for me.
I bought the DMP-BDT210 from Best Buy for the ...
Summary: Since I do not own a 3D television, the feature on the Blu-Ray player was not a driving factor for me.Sorry if some folks don't agree with my review, but when I buy a product I expect ALL of the features to work and the manufacturer to take responsibility for their product. This is a heads up for anyone that DOES want to use the Netflix feature in conjunction with the Blu-Ray.
I bought the DMP-BDT210 from Best Buy for the Internet streaming options of Netflix and Amazon Video On Demand. I was very disappointed that I was forced to return this player and replace it with the Sony BDP-S580.
The reason I say disappointed is that (PROS) I liked the setup and feel that Panasonic has for its interface. The wireless setup automatically connected to my Wireless N instead of Wireless G using the WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup). The DLNA services worked without issue.
The problems (CONS) are with the Netflix streaming. Panasonic uses the login/password method for you to connect to Netflix instead of the activate code used with other products. Once you input your credentials, you are presented with a very nice layout of your Instant Queue, Recently Watched and Recommended. Unfortunately, YOU CANNOT WATCH THEM! When you choose ANY movie/TV show, you get the message "We're having trouble playing this title right now. Please try again later or select a different title."
When I contacted Netflix about it, I was informed that this is a known issue with the T210 and they gave me Panasonic's Support phone number. Netflix also told me to ask for 2nd level support as first level would not be able to actually do anything to fix the problem. Long story short, Panasonic DID NOT HELP with the issue. Their response was that Panasonic is aware of the problem. I was told that someone from 2nd level support would contact me within 24-48 hours. A week and a half later I still had not heard from tech support. I did some Google searches and discovered that this has been a problem since early March 2011. This is now the middle of April!!
As of this writing the latest firmware update is 1.56 and does not resolve the issue.
Now here is the kicker. It appears that this problem is a hit-or-miss. SomeT210's work perfectly while others do not. Something is different on the player other than the firmware/Software. I tried with two different BDT210's from two different Best Buy stores and had the same error with Netflix. I exchanged the Panasonic for the SAMSUNG BD-D6500 and was able to stream Netflix, but it would occasionally freeze. The player also would freeze on the Twitter App. I exchanged the Samsung for the SONY BDP-S580. Sony uses its own custom interface for the internet apps and the Netflix one is not as sophisticated as the Panasonic or the Samsung. Actually Sony's is subpar compared to the competition, but it works. The other (semi-bad) thing about the Sony is that they did not integrate a high end Wireless card in the hardware. The player will not connect to a Wireless N network unless you are broadcasting at the lower 2.4 GHz range. 5.0 GHz will not even show up when scanning for networks. Both the Samsung and the Sony connected to the 5.0 range.
My feelings on the Panasonic: It could have been a very good product. I might have been willing to wait a bit longer for a fix if the Panasonic Tech Support would have been more straight forward about the problem AND had at least responded to me in the 24 to 48 hour time frame that they committed to. I work in a tech support environment and a nonchalant answer and no follow up with the customer would be un-acceptable at my company.
So if you're thinking of getting the Panasonic DMP-BDT210 for Netflix streaming, check on the Panasonic site to see if they have a newer firmware version than 1.56. Also call Netflix to see if the problem is still being reported. Good luck.
Updated on Apr 20, 2011
24 out of 28 users found this user opinion helpful.
Don't buy this if you want to use Netflix!
by elgreco62 on May 6, 2011
Pros: Cool controls on the front. Nice remote
Cons: Netflix doesn't work! Panasonic has been aware for months and still has not fixed it
Summary: Stay away from this unit if you are buying it for Netflix use. There are known bugs that Panasonic is aware but as of yet they have not fixed them....
Summary: Stay away from this unit if you are buying it for Netflix use. There are known bugs that Panasonic is aware but as of yet they have not fixed them.
It is amazing to me that the CNET crew continues to rate items high just on features. All you have to do is 5 min of research to see that this thing is not worth the money due to its problems. Is CNET taking payola from Pana guys???? Only my opinion here...not fact!
10 out of 13 users found this user opinion helpful.
AWESOME-WORKED AS ADVERTISED
by jye4ever on April 22, 2011
Pros: Easy Set Up!
Easy To Use (even easier and quicker than my PS3)!!
Wi-Fi works great!!!
Netflix, Vudu, Amazon, You Tube, Cinema Now all worked as advertised!!!!
Free 3D Avatar Disk!!!!!
2D/3D Bluray looks great!!!!!!
Cons: None, that is correct, none!
Summary: Hands down one very awesome 3D/Internet Ready/Wi-Fi Blu-ray player, especially at $170.00!Forget to mention, out of the box it downloaded the ...
Updated on Apr 22, 2011
Summary: Hands down one very awesome 3D/Internet Ready/Wi-Fi Blu-ray player, especially at $170.00!Forget to mention, out of the box it downloaded the latest 1.59 firmware. Since I didn't use this before 1.59 I don't know if it had previous problems but like I said in my review, it's working flawlessly, yes, eve Netflix and NO, I don't work for Panasonic.
Updated on Apr 22, 2011
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Blazing Load Speed - Great Features
by WildClay on May 5, 2011
Pros: Fast Disc load speed, Fast Menu's, Solid selection of streaming services, Easy Navigation, Very Flexible config option, Easy Wireless or Wired set-up (tried both), DLNA that works, nice form factor.
My 210 was out of the box and playing in 15 minutes,
Cons: Menu speed while navigating streaming services is a little slow but not bad and I think maybe a function of the services. USB keyboard support would have been nice.
Summary: In Summary, the price/perforamance is about as good as it gets, the 210 has got a great feature set, but most important, at least to me, was the disc ...
Summary: In Summary, the price/perforamance is about as good as it gets, the 210 has got a great feature set, but most important, at least to me, was the disc load speed, I don't think twice about flipping through a few discs on this where on my BD-80 it was just not practical.
Hard to go wrong with this.
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great product if only the Netflix worked.
by cocarb on May 5, 2011
Pros: BluRay Picture, Easy of Wifi Setup
Cons: Panasonic Customer Support and Netflix Streaming
Summary: Bought this player for 2 reasons, watch BR movies and stream Netflix. I too am having the Netflix issue, the interface looks nice but many of us (based upon feedback ...
Summary: Bought this player for 2 reasons, watch BR movies and stream Netflix. I too am having the Netflix issue, the interface looks nice but many of us (based upon feedback from AVS Forum) can't watch a single stream from Netflix. I tried via wifi and hard line with no luck. First line customer support acts like it is a new problem every time you call. After 3 calls got a message to call Nick in customer service, after 25 minutes on hold was told that the engineers in Japan were working on the issue. When I said he could have left that on the message instead of having me wait on hold to tell me that, he hung up on me. The common answer for every call is we will have more information tomorrow, like they are close to a solution, that was a month ago.Now that the Netflix issues have been solved am very happy with the player. Would improve my rating to 5 stars.
Updated on Oct 6, 2011
6 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great quality and ease of use, but no Netflix.
by baconaiken on May 14, 2011
Pros: Ease of use and setup, Good streaming and Disc video quality, many Internet options.
Cons: No Netflix yet and some limits on file formats for USB connections.
Summary: This is an excellent all around consumer problem with one flaw. The company needs to be more honest about its problem with the Netflix connection issue and quit wasting people'...
Summary: This is an excellent all around consumer problem with one flaw. The company needs to be more honest about its problem with the Netflix connection issue and quit wasting people's time trying to fix something that can't be fixed. Netflix is just one of many uses of the machine and can be replaced on another device that is likely owned by many owners of blu-ray players. Panasonic should honor its warranty and replace devices that do not work or remove Netflix from its Vericast options.
3 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
So far so good
by MikegReview on August 29, 2011
Pros: Everything works great for me
Cons: Nothing so far
Summary: I bought this Blui ray player after reading reviews and this being named the top blu ray player so far of 2011 in August. I dont have a 3D TV ...
Summary: I bought this Blui ray player after reading reviews and this being named the top blu ray player so far of 2011 in August. I dont have a 3D TV but nice to know if i did i have a blu ray player for it.
I have to say it is a huge change from my old LG blu ray. This thing loads very fast, connects to wifi fast, and has stayed connected. I havent had a problem with Netflix at all. I have used it for several hours everyday for the past 2 weeks, Things are looking good on this Blu ray, i did have a firmware update upon connecting to wifi, so if you get it make sure you update.
Oh i was worried about the hand scan just randomly opening while watching a movie. It doesn't you kinda have to go slow across the top to make it open.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Everything is outstanding, INCLUDING NETFLIX
by msecour on August 4, 2011
Pros: Excellent picture quality with BD and upconverted DVDs, easy wireless set-up, slim design, fast load
Cons: Remote would benefit from being a bit larger (less crowded).
Summary: I installed this player on August 1, 3 days ago. Set-up was very easy; I didn't consult the User Manual at all. After connecting to my home network Wi-fi ...
Summary: I installed this player on August 1, 3 days ago. Set-up was very easy; I didn't consult the User Manual at all. After connecting to my home network Wi-fi the firmware was updated to 1.68. I'll admit that I have not been a subscriber to Netflix but out of curiosity (due to negative reviews on this site) I initiated a trial membership. I was delighted to find out that Netflix streaming videos offer English sub-titles on many titles, or at least those that I looked up. I am hard of hearing and depend upon captions and subtitles. I have watched two movies on Netflix so far with nary a glitch or hiccup. This is my first streaming video experience not using a computer and I am impressed. As for the more important functions -- playing Blu-rays and DVDs, this machine is beautiful. It is my second Blu-ray player. My first one-- a Sony 350 that is nearly 3 years old -- now does duty with our second (smaller) HDTV. The Sony takes 20 seconds just to open the tray to receive a disk and much more time to load a Blu-ray. By comparison the Panasonic is blazing fast. What a difference.
I must also admit that I was hesitant to get this player at first because of some of the scathing reviews on this site, but I was also curious as to why user reviews at other sites gave it much more positive ratings. I finally decided not to trust the negative reviews here because some were so critical of CNET itself. (Really? Blame CNET because their reviewer got the machine to work and you couldn't?) I did buy mine from a merchant with a good return policy, but it is clear that I won't need to return this.
The one problem I did have was in the clash of remotes. I have a Panasonic DVD recorder in my home theater and suddenly both Panasonics were responding to each other's remotes. Had I bothered to read the user manual earlier I would have learned that it is easy to reset the remote code on one or the other so that they will work independently. Once I looked this up I reset the remote code on the 210 and both machines are happy.
I certainly have no doubts that some people have had legitimate problems getting Netlfix to work. I can't answer to what may have been causing their problems. I would guess firmware except that the CNET reviewer did not have any Netflix problems with the older firmware. I can tell you that my Panasonic is working perfectly.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best Blu-ray player I ever owned!
by glpatnode on June 10, 2011
Pros: Slim design, fast loading, easy setup and does everything right
Cons: The remote could bave been lighted, the buttons are hard to see, very close together
Summary: I have owned 3 Panasonic Blu-ray players since the Blu-ray has been out, the BD10, BD35 and BD60 and this one is many levels up from the the rest. Never ...
Summary: I have owned 3 Panasonic Blu-ray players since the Blu-ray has been out, the BD10, BD35 and BD60 and this one is many levels up from the the rest. Never has playing a Blu-ray Disc been so quick and easy and accessing the Netflix and other on line services been so quick and effortless. This slim player fits almost anywhere unless you want to place it so you can wave your hand to open and close the disc tray, give it a little more space. The player is glossy black with very little other design elements, but you really don't need that in a player, just make it easy to operate, load BDs fast and access the services you want quickly-this player does this effortlessly. My other Panasonics BD players are still going strong(sold them to family and friends), I just had to upgrade to this one, then I got two for both HDTVs, this brand holds up well,too.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
CNET Reviews - Are they worth anything any more?
by gundlachda on May 24, 2011
Pros: Thanks to the honest and accurate feedback of customers, I have avoided buying this system with its continuing issues over Netflix Streaming. Pay attention to the customer.
Cons: CNET Review
Summary: Over the last couple of years I have noticed a disturbing trend at CNET - a diminishing amount of integrity, accuracy, and thoroughness in its product reviews. The recent review ...
Summary: Over the last couple of years I have noticed a disturbing trend at CNET - a diminishing amount of integrity, accuracy, and thoroughness in its product reviews. The recent review of the Panasonic DMP-BDT210 (reviewed by Matthew Moskovciak and edited by John P. Falcone) provides an excellent example. This was a product of which I had great interest, and I was heartened by Matt's 4 stars and Editor's Choice. Then I began to read the customer reviews and noticed a large number of comments regarding this product's failure with Netflix. I understand this is just one aspect of this product, and it should not color the whole review; however, the customer expects all aspects of the product to function right down to the indicator light. The Netflix issue was not mentioned in Matt's review. Even if this was not an issue during his review, shouldn't professional integrity force have forced CNET to amend the review, address the issue, and champion the cause for the consumer forcing Panasonic to address the problem. This is what I originally expected and got from CNET.
CNET used to be my first and last internet source to research and compare products. I needed no other. Now, I find the user reviews to be more on point and more accurate than the professional reviewers at CNET. I am forced to double check CNET reviews with other competing sites. What has happened??
4 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Panasonic
- Part number: DMP-BDT210
- Description: Step into the 3D world. Watch 3D movies at home with Full HD 3D technology with the DMP-BDT210.
- Component type Blu-ray player
- 3D technology Yes
- Form factor Tabletop
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 16.9 in x 7 in x 1.5 in
- Weight 3.5 lbs
Network & Internet Multimedia
- Connectivity Built-in Wi-Fi
- Internet Streaming Services VieraCast ,
Amazon VOD ,
- Home Network Media Sharing DLNA
- Media Type DVD+R DL,
- Media format NTSC
- BD profiles Profile 2.0 (BD-Live)
- Audio D/A Converter 24bit / 192kHz
- Built-in Audio Decoders DTS-HD Master Audio Essential,
Dolby Digital Plus,
DTS-HD High Resolution
- Media Load Type Tray
- Upscaling Yes
- Supported Digital Video Standards AVCHD,
- Supported Digital Audio Standards MP3
- Additional features Skype capable with separate USB TV camera (sold separately) ,
Touch-free sensor to open and close the disc tray ,
2D-to-3D conversion video processing ,
iPhone/Android phone app
- Sound Output Mode Stereo
- Dynamic Range 100 dB
- Digital Audio Format DTS-HD Master Audio output,
DTS-HD digital output,
Dolby True HD digital output,
Dolby Digital Plus output
- Signal-To-Noise Ratio 100 dB
- Additional Features Upgradeable firmware
- Connector type HDMI output ( 19 pin HDMI Type A ),
1 x USB 2.0 ( 4 pin USB Type A ) - Front,
1 x USB 2.0 ( 4 pin USB Type A ) - Rear,
Audio line-out ( RCA phono x 2 ),
Ethernet ( RJ-45 ),
Digital audio output (optical) ( TOSLINK )
- Card type/Qty 1 x SD Memory Card
- Type Remote control - Infrared
- Power Device Power supply - Internal
- Power AC 120 V
- Power Consumption Operational 9.9 Watt
- Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep 0.1 Watt