Originally Posted by bfdtv
Examples of Blu-ray players that will play AVCHD recordings on a SD card include the 2008 Panasonic DMP-BD35 and DMP-BD55, and the upcoming 2009 DMP-BD60, DMP-BD80 and DMP-BD70V
(coming in April).
Since you've waited this long for a Blu-ray player, I think I might opt for the DMP-BD60.
First it was the format wars, now its the streaming wars. It looks like Panasonic is incorporating Viera Cast into their Blu Ray players which hooks you up to Amazon VOD, YouTube, Picasa while other manufacturers are signing up with Netflix and Pandora (Internet Radio).
Also, I'm trying to visualize the absurdity that is the DMP-BD70V which is a blu ray player married to a VHS player?! Are the hardware people really trying too hard to get joe consumer to adopt the technology?
That being said, Panasonic is the only manufacturer I am aware of that is providing DVD-RAM/VR mode support (which is how I archive my recorded content) in their Blu ray player line, so that's where I am pointing if I am considering replacing my legacy Panasonic DVD player/recorders with a Blu Ray player. Why we can't get access to all streaming sites (provided we separately subsribe to them) vs. just a select few is beyond me. And when are these manufacurers going to get with the program and provide media extender capabilities in these machines (they've got everything else you would otherwise need an HTPC for, besides recording capability) so I can stop schlepping discs already?
Now, un-hijacking this thread back to the OP's original topic:
WRT to the standalone AVCHD disc recorders from Sony, Panny, and Canon (I own a Canon HG10 HDD HD camcorder) - I looked into them (specifically the Canon) and they are just way overpriced and limited for what they do (you can do it all on a PC for less than half the price including the necessary high end software from Corel or Adobe which can sweeten up your AVCHD disk with nice menus etc.) plus I am dismayed at their clunky interface to allow you camcorder to be hooked up to your TV for direct playback (vs. finding a mini-HDMI to HDMI cable).
I am now experimenting with a third alternative to getting my HD Camcorder footage to the living room TV. It's called the Western Digital WD TV HD media player. It consists of a small, easily portable interface box with USB inputs to which you can plug in mini-self powered HDDs or full size external USB HDDs and an HDMI output port (and composite A/V jacks if you don't have an HDMI enabled tv handy
). If I drag an drop my native camcorder files or an edited AVCHD file to an external HDD and plug that into the WD TV box, the box will automatically search and catalog the media files on the drive (it will also play back standard def MPEG 1/2/4, Xvid, WMV9, AVC, H.264... and digital stills (jpegs, gif, tiff, bmp, png) and digital audio files (mp3, wma, ogg, wav, aac, flac, ac3, aif/aiff, mka, and playlists). So far it works great as a way to get content off my camcorder, onto a hard drive, and played back gracefully on my Hi Def LCD in the living room without fooling around with standard or high definition optical discs of any kind. Google WD TV - the price is very reasonable and much less than these dedicated Camcorder burners offered by the camcorder manufacturers.