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Beyond its ongoing ability to be the best possible movie source for your home theater, the Blu-ray Disc player continues to evolve. Newly-arriving 2012 models from Panasonic are also capable of streaming entertainment from your home network or the Internet. Two of the models are 3D capable and can also be controlled by your mobile device, whether it’s an Android phone or tablet or an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Among Panasonic’s 2012 Blu-ray Disc player lineup are two 2D models, the DMP-BD77 and DMP-BD87, and two 3D models, the DMP-BDT220 and DMP-BDT320. The 2D models feature IP VOD, an Internet-based service that includes a limited though popular selection of sites including Netflix, YouTube, Vudu and CinemaNow. The 3D models contain the more comprehensive VIERA Connect service, which includes access to more sites as well as the ability to connect a compatible Skype video camera. The DMP-BDT220 and DMP-BDT320 can be controlled using your smartphone or tablet after downloading the free Remote Control App for Panasonic Blu-ray Players from the Android Market or iTunes App Store.
All the players are Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) compatible for streaming music, photos and video stored on your home network. The entry-level DMP-BD77 streams content using an Ethernet cable, though if you’d rather go wireless, you can attach the optional LAN Adapter DY-WL5 to its USB port. The DMP-BD87, DMP-BDT220 and DMP-BDT320 all have built-in Wi-Fi.
The DMP-BDT220 and DMP-BDT320 both have the capability of simulating any 2D images streaming from the Internet in 3D. (The conversion does not work with Skype.) Additional Internet-accessible sites with these models include Pandora, Facebook, Twitter, Accuweather, AP, The Wall Street Journal, MLB, NBA, NHL and MLS, My Space, Disney Publishing, Flixster and a number of gaming sites. Some sites, such as the sports websites, require subscriptions. The two models each contain an SD card slot compatible with SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards so you can take a card from your camera and play it on your HDTV.
All of Panasonic’s 2012 models are Energy Star Qualified. The DMP-BDT320 is overly qualified because it features the Smart Eco Sensor, which detects the user’s movement and switches to the quick-start mode (boot time approximately 0.5 seconds) automatically. When someone is within 16 feet of the player, it is in ECO mode, using approximately 0.1 watts. When motion is detected within 16 feet, the player turns on the quick-start mode (approximately 3.2 watts). The player also features a slot-load drive, which eliminates the risk of bumping into an extended tray or mistakenly inserting a second disc.
|Progressive Scan||Yes, 1080p, 720p, 480p||Yes, 1080p, 720p, 480p||Yes, 1080p, 720p, 480p||Yes, 1080p, 720p, 480p|
|Dolby Digital/DTS Compatibility||DTS-HD Master Audio Essential, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD||DTS-HD Master Audio Essential, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD||DTS-HD Master Audio Essential, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD||DTS-HD Master Audio Essential, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD|
|Audio D/A Converter||192 kHz/24 bit||192 kHz/24 bit||192 kHz / 32 Bit||192 kHz / 32 Bit|
|Playback||Video: BD-ROM, DVD - Audio: CD||Video: BD-ROM, DVD - Audio: CD||Video: BD-ROM, DVD, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW - Audio: CD, CD-R, CD-RW||Video: BD-ROM, DVD, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW - Audio: CD, CD-R, CD-RW|
|File Formats||AVCHD, MKV, JPEG, MP3, FLAC||AVCHD, MKV, JPEG, MP3, FLAC||AVCHD, MKV, JPEG, MPO, MP3, FLAC||AVCHD, MKV, JPEG, MPO, MP3, FLAC|
|Network Access||Yes, Wi-Fi Ready||Yes, Built-in Wi-Fi||Yes, Built-in Wi-Fi||Yes, Built-in Wi-Fi|
|Support for Streaming Services||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Mobile Device Control||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|DLNA Home Network Sharing||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Input/Output Connectors||Analog: composite video, stereo audio - Digital: 1x HDMI - Other: Ethernet, USB||Analog: composite video, stereo audio - Digital: 1x HDMI - Other: Ethernet, USB||Analog: composite video, stereo audio - Digital: 1x HDMI, Optical Audio - Other: Ethernet, USB||Analog: composite video, stereo audio - Digital: 1x HDMI, Optical Audio - Other: Ethernet, USB|
|Digital Media Card Slot||None||None||SD / SDHC / SDXC||SD / SDHC / SDXC|
|Tray Type||Single Disc Horizontal||Single Disc Horizontal||Single Disc Horizontal||Slot Loading|
|Power Consumption||N/A||N/A||N/A||Standby: 0.1W; Quick Start Mode: 3.2W|
|Energy Star Compliant||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||16.93 x 1.42 x 7.87" (430 x 36 x 200mm)||16.93 x 1.42 x 7.87" (430 x 36 x 200mm)||16.93 x 1.50 x 7.05" (430 x 38 x 179mm)||16.93 x 1.50 x 7.05" (430 x 38 x 179mm)|
|Weight||3.31 lb / 1.5 kg||3.3 lb / 1.5 kg||3.53 lb / 1.6 kg||3.31 lb / 1.5 kg|