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2.0 out of 5 stars Nice looking hardware but Awful Software!, December 5, 2011
This review is from: Panasonic DMP-BDT210 Integrated-Wi-Fi 3D Blu-ray DVD Player (Electronics)
We got this a one-in-all replacement for an old Roku box and an old DVD player.

Nice looking device. At the end of the day it works fine, but getting it to do what you need it to is a chore...over and over.

Cons:
1. On DVDs you cannot select the main DVD menu when the previews are playing. You have to push the skip button X times to get through the previews until you finally get to the menu. Such a pain. The navigating directly to the menu works just find for Blu-ray, just not for DVD.
2. Slow, slow, slow. Navigating through the software is soooo slow. Whether Netflix or just getting to the Vierracast menu, it is just so slow. My old Roku box seems blistering fast compared to this. A firmware update made things even slower.
3. Interface in not intuitive. For example, you can't push the big green centrally placed Vierra Cast button when in Netflix or watching a DVD. Nothing happens. You have to push the less prominent "Home" button off to the right to get out of Netflix and then push the Vierra Cast button. Why?!
4. The optical drive is noisy and annoying. I still kept my old DVD play to play CDs (old school, I know) because I can't stand the Blu-ray drive humming when I am listening to music. I find the hum disturbing even when I am watching DVDs.

Pros
1. Dedicated Netflix button. Cuts out some navigation.

Recommendation:
This Panasonic works fine for Blu-rays, but don't expect it do be a great all-in-one device. Get a Roku and keep your old DVD player. They will both work much better than this thing. Roku is snappier and the software is updated more frequently with the latest and greatest. Your old DVD player will be easier to use.
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Initial post: Dec 6, 2011 7:51:41 PM PST
PMI says:
You don't have to skip through the previews. You can select the DVD menu while the previews are playing. Press the "Submenu" button on the remote, then select "Menu" from the list of options, then press the "Go" button. I assume that the "Menu" and "Top Menu" functions depend on the DVD.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2011 8:00:22 AM PST
J. Cullen says:
Yes, I have already tried this, but most of the time neither top-menu nor menu (under submenu) work and I still have to manually skip all the previews. Also, it is bad design to make something as necessary as the menu function buried so deep. As I recall, I have to push submenu-->downarrow-->Ok to get to the menu. Why make people dig down with three button pushes into the graphical interface to access something so basic? In particular, it means that my young kids can't access it so I have to do it for them. There is no reason for it. It is poorly designed and not well thought out.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2011 2:36:03 PM PST
PMI says:
@J. Cullen: Ok, I apologize for not reading this post more carefully. IF (and only IF) you get a message reading "This operation is not available" when you press the remote button labeled "Popup Menu", then the top menu (or the second level menu) is there, but intentionally restricted by the DVD publisher. Panasonic is giving you a partial workaround through their popup menu. I have older, un-restricted DVDs where the button does exactly what it is supposed to. In other words, this is not Panasonic's fault, the DVD publisher wants to make it difficult to skip the previews.

There are hacked versions of software for this, and for other popular players, which bypass the DVD restrictions. I do not recommend, or discourage, using these. However, they do exist, and they also make some other features available, like watching DVDs with region restrictions, etc. One source to check is firmwareinfo dot com.
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