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1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY!, April 18, 2012
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This review is from: Panasonic DMP-BD77 Ultra-Fast Booting Blu-ray Disc Player (Electronics)
This player, and all 2012 model year Panasonic players, contain Cinavia copy protection embedded in the player. The player will forbid you from playing certain discs and movie files, even if legally obtained and owned. During playback, it checks for the Cinavia watermark and if found on the disc, USB drive, or network file, it will mute the audio and pop up with a message saying you do not have the right to play back this protected content.

Do not buy a Blu-Ray player that contains Cinavia content protection system. Check out the Wikipedia entry for Cinavia for more information on the system and a list of discs and films that embed this watermark.
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Initial post: Sep 14, 2012 8:17:29 AM PDT
A cinavia-enabled player should give you trouble only if you try to play a cinavia watermarked movie that has had AACS removed (i.e. a camcorder video taken in a movie theater or disk ripped with a program like AnyDVD).

In any event, every blu ray player submitted to the BDA for certification after 2/1/2012 is required to support cinavia. So there's no point in singling Panasonic out.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 7:14:50 AM PST
M. Odurih says:
The Wikipedia listing says (as stated in Joseph Obrien's comment) "... Cinavia watermarking detection support became mandatory for all consumer Blu-ray players from 2012." I'm afraid you'll need to buy a used one to avoid it.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 10:48:36 AM PST
W.T. Wilson says:
If you don't want to get the error message, stop playing illlegally copied content. Problem solved.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2013 1:42:42 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 6, 2013 1:43:08 PM PDT
Average Guy says:
Here's why I single out Panasonic. The last two blue ray DVD's I rented from Netflix skipped, locked up, and would not play correctly. The SAME discs played just fine on my older LG blue ray player. I did not get "the message." The movie "Jack Reacher" locks up at the same place in the titles each time. If I hit play before that, it skips and locks later in the actual movie. The movie "Moonlight Kingdom" waited until some time into the movie to lock up. I jumped ahead and it was fine for a while then it locked up again. BOTH played just fine on my older LG.

I added and formatted a 2Gig SD card as Panasonic suggested and also used a blue ray specific disc cleaner (4-5 times) and it was still exactly the same.

See why I highly suspect cinavia or some other wing-ding new codex or format that Panasonic hasn't added (correctly) to my less than 11 month old player. Yes it is, according to them up-to-date with upgrades.

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 11:17:20 AM PDT
lee smith says:
I own a Samsung, and have found some legally purchased movies get the screen message.. Audio has temporarily been muted. Probably some kinda malfunction in the production of the disk. I agree it's a pain in the butt, but evidently all new blu ray players have cinavia, and can not be overridden or uninstalled. Evidently there is a fix for computers and video game players that can be downloaded.
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