Panasonic 2012 Blu-ray Players Priced and Shipping!?

February 24, 2012

Panasonic’s 2012 Blu-ray line-up impressed me at CES this year. While pricing wasn’t supposed to be released until March and units shipping till April, it looks like the assembly line is working overtime. Each of the models have made appearences on various e-commerce sites. Amazon has both the DMP-BDT220 and DMP-BDT320 in stock and shipping as does The BDT220 is selling for $150 and the BDT320 for $200 on both sites (Update: the BDT220 has dropped to $135 at Amazon). Amazon has a nice graphic comparing the features of each player. The high-end DMP-BDT500, which offers 7.1 analog audio outputs, dual HDMI outputs and a touchpad remote, is available for pre-order at Frye’s (I really wish Frye’s was in the Northeast). The new 2D players, the DMP-BD87 and the DMP-BD77 are also available for order at Amazon but from the specs they don’t have the same audio and video capabilities as the BDT220, BDT320 and BDT500 (or VieraConnect).

The B2B e-commerce site Neobits has listed the suggested retail pricing for each 2012 Panasonic 3D Blu-ray player: Here’s a list for your reference.

  • DMP-BDT220 $149.99 (available now)
  • DMP-BDT320 $200 (available now)
  • DMP-BDT500 $350 (May availability)
  • DMP-BBT01 $270 (May availability)
And the 2D players:
  • DMP-BD87 $120 (available now)
  • DMP-BD77 $90 (available now)

FYI, I haven’t received official confirmation from Panasonic on the pricing yet. The pricing has now been confirmed with Panasonic, only the BD77 needed a price update. Given the accompanying Android and iOS apps remote apps are not yet available, it appears the players were released a little earlier than planned.

Thanks to AVS Forum member michaeltscott for tipping me off to the BDT220′s availability at Amazon. He snagged one for himself and reported that the new BDT220 supports native 1080P video streams from Netflix as well as Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. On the downside, the Amazon Instant Video app does not offer 5.1 surround sound (the Roku still reigns supreme for Amazon Prime). All of the 3D units from Panasonic are supposed to support 24 frame per second content from Netflix and other video streaming services. Given that, these Panasonic Blu-ray players have the potential to be the best Netflix player available on the market. To find out, I have a BDT220 on the way so stay tuned for an in-depth review.

Here’s the review of the Panasonic BDT220 as a Netflix Player.

Hands-on review and tips for the Panasonic DMP-BDT220.


Panasonic DMP-BDT500 Blu-ray Player

Panasonic DMP-BDT500 Blu-ray Player

Tags: Amazon, Blu-ray, Netflix, Panasonic

4 Responses to Panasonic 2012 Blu-ray Players Priced and Shipping!?

  1. Kirk Staley on February 25, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Captioning on Netflix with the new bluray players?

  2. Mike Plone on February 29, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Any word on whether the 2011 models will get 1080p Netflix streaming?

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