While the DBP-BDT220 has a seductively low price, it's by no means a budget proposition. Panasonic has produced a high-performance Blu-ray player that doesn't disgrace itself when partnered with equipment from higher up the food chain.
The brand has also done a particularly good job with the user interface, which is sharp and intuitive. There are catch-up TV and streaming video services aplenty on the VIERA Connect portal, with BBC iPlayer, YouTube and Netflix prominent amongst a broad selection of services. Some may similarly be excited about the provision of Skype.
We also applaud USB playback support for popular audio videos codecs. Those with HDDs stuffed with MKV files and FLAC music rips no longer need feel ostracised.
We're less enthusiastic about the hoops that Panasonic asks users to go through if they want to play those self same files from a NAS device. Having to manually map IP addresses and folder share names seems deliberately obtuse. The majority of buyers who snap up this deck won't know where to begin. That said, once this is done the player's a formidable media hub.
Thunderously good picture quality for the cash is the best reason to bag a DMP-BDT220. Precise imaging and effortless colour rendering will make the most of your Blu-ray discs. Throw in access to a growing selection of content on the VIERA Connect net portal, via integrated Wi-Fi, and the deal should be sealed.
For the most part this is an easy player to use, however the deck's network LAN streaming complexity is an unwelcome geek-trusion into the user experience. Wasn't DLNA and UPnP meant to sort this stuff out?
The Panasonic DMP-BDT220 provides plenty of reasons to migrate from DVD. Despite the odd foible, we think it's well worth short-listing.