With so many streaming media players out there, you don’t hear as much about Blu-ray players anymore. However, the format isn’t going away anytime soon, which makes the Panasonic DMP-BDT360 Blu-ray Player an excellent investment for a variety of home theater systems.
The Panasonic DMP-BDT360 Blu-ray player was made with the modern home theater in mind. First of all, it plays those Blu-rays and has support for Dolby Digital, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio formats. It can even get your old DVDs and CDs into the rotation. It also offers 4K upscaling, which means that this slim player can convert content to a 4K video signal. (You’re going to need a 4K TV to get the full effect, of course.)
Other features include support for 3D Blu-rays, the option to convert 2D to 3D, built-in WiFi and a USB port. If you need to get other photos and videos up on the big screen, the player also has a memory card slot.
Of course, having wireless connectivity means that this player can make your TV setup into a Smart TV setup. The DMP-BDT360 features on-screen access to services such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, VUDU, YouTube and CinemaNow right out of the box. (Subscriptions and/or fees may be required, depending on the service.) It even has DLNA for tapping into content from a hard drive or NAS that’s connected to your home network.
This player also has Miracast support, if you want to stream content from a compatible smartphone or tablet. Miracast uses WiFi Direct technology to transfer that content, so you can take movies and videos from the small screen to the big screen in a snap. It works with devices that are Android 4.2 and up, but they also need to be Miracast-certified—so check with the manufacturer if you aren’t sure.
And just in case all of the above isn’t enough to keep you entertained, the DMP-BDT360 does have access to a web browser.
Panasonic is currently selling the DMP-BDT360 for $109, making it an affordable way to add media to your main AV setup, a bedroom, basement or other area of the house.