For 2013, Panasonic announced four Blu-ray disc players, which include two new Full HD 3D models (DMP-BDT330 and DMP-BDT230), and two 2D Blu-ray Disc Players (DMP-BD89 and DMP-BD79). Also, the Full HD 3D 2012 models (DMP-BDT500 and DMP-BBT01) will remain part of the line-up. All four of the 3D-capable models include Panasonic’s proprietary IPTV platform, VIERA Connect, while the 2D models feature IP VOD, a service that offers a limited, though targeted, selection of such sites as Netflix, HuluPlus, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, CinemaNow and YouTube.
A new feature, Display Mirroring, takes into account the increased smartphone and tablet use while viewing programming on your TV. Now simply with a flick of the hand, users can take content on their smartphone or tablet (Android 4.2) operating system or higher) and view the same images, videos or games on a large screen to share with family and friends. Display Mirroring is available on the BDT330 as well as the BDT230.
Panasonic’s reputation for creating quality video products is on high display with the entire line of 2013 home entertainment products, specifically the BDT230, the direct successor to the 2012 CEA Innovation award-winning and critically acclaimed BDT220. The BDT220 features built-in Wi-Fi, 2D-3D conversion, a web browser with pointer cursor, and Panasonic’s proprietary IPTV platform, VIERA Connect.
All 2013 Blu-ray Disc Players include built-in Wi-Fi with the exception of the BD79 which is wireless-ready, enabling users to access additional content and services through the internet without the need to tether your device.
Panasonic’s line of Blu-ray Players also features high-quality network audio (DLNA compatable) as well as 192kHz/32bit Audio DAC on the 3D-capable models (BDT500) and built-in 4K up-scaling (BDT330). Additionally the BDT500, BBT01, BDT330 and BDT230 feature 2D-3D conversion for any content and the BDT500 and BDT330 models also include twin HDMI ports.
In addition to Panasonic’s recognized commitment to the highest audio and video standards, the 2013 devices all were created with a focus on design. Matching some of the design innovations seen with VIERA televisions, these new slim and sleek players match the décor in any home. Featuring sharp angles to take up less surface area, the compact main unit includes cardboard cushions to prevent any damage to furniture.
The two new 3D-capable Blu-ray models include Miracast – a display mirroring feature which enables users to transfer their own photos and videos captured on Smartphone and Tablet devices to their HDTV screen with the swipe of a finger. The 3D-capable Blu-ray models also feature a Web Browser with pointer cursor for easy maneuvering, while all models in the 2013 lineup also feature external HDD Playback and personalized menu options on the Blu-ray lineup.
Price and Availability
The Panasonic 2013 Blu-ray Players will be available in February 2013.
- Panasonic DMP-BDT500 Smart Network 3D Blu-Ray Disc Player $349 (2012 model, available now)
- Panasonic DMP-BBT01 Smart Network 3D Blu-Ray Disc Player $269 (2012 model, available now)
- Panasonic DMP-BDT330 Smart Network 3D Blu-Ray Disc Player $199 (2013 model)
- Panasonic DMP-BDT230 Smart Network 3D Blu-Ray Disc Player $129 (2013 model)
- Panasonic DMP-BD89 Smart Network Blu-Ray Disc Player $99 (2013 model)
- Panasonic DMP-BD79 Blu-Ray Disc Player $79 (2013 model)