Originally Posted by ejolson
The Panasonic website www2.panasonic.com
for DMP-BD60/70 lists
DVD-R/-RW/-R(DL) 1 Playback DVD Video, DVD-VR, AVCHD, DivX® (DVD-R/-R DL only)
+R/+R(DL)/+RW Playback DVD-VR, AVCHD
CD, CD-R/-RW 2 Playback CD-DA, DivX® (CD-R/-RW only), MP3 3 (CD-R/-RW only), JPEG (HD) (CD-R/-RW only)
USB MP3, JPEG (HD), DivX®
It sounds like DivX doesn't work on DVD+R, but should play from CD-R, USB and DVD-R. The DivX playback is the reason I've been waiting for the BD60 over the BD35K. The news that DivX is missing in the US version is a disappointment. DivX is available in $40 DVD players, how could it cost so much?
I'd say the web site listing is probably a mistake. The US manual lists Divx for the BD80 only (not the BD60). It's pretty clear in the manual that Divx is BD80 only. Not sure whether it will be in the BD70 or not (different manual). They're positioning that as a "multi media player" so it would make sense to include it, but I am not 100% sure on that yet.
As far as I know, VHS playback will enjoy the same color processing, deinterlacing and upscaling as DVD and blueray. Moreover, there is lots of VHS media in libraries and schools. However, if the DMP-BD70 is to play everything, in addition to DivX, it should also play VCD and SVCDs.
The VHS deck in the BB70V does get the same UniPhier deinterlacing/processing as DVDs and BDs. I saw a demo of it and was pretty impressed. Would be great if you could record the upconverted output onto a Blu-ray Disc but (of course) no recorders for us poor Americans, at least not likely to see one this year.
But as for VCD/SVCD support in the BD70V, that's unlikely. It's not in the BD60 or BD80. The BD80 also doesn't support MKV, MOV, M4P, etc. so it's not a completely comprehensive media player. But it does support Divx and Xvid (tested both) pretty well. Most importantly, it looks like it supports aspect ratio of Divx files better than the BD55 did (I couldn't get the BD55 to stop stretching my DivX AVIs). The BD80 does not have this problem. I did see a few quirks - one Xvid title could not be zoomed to fill the screen (without changing the geometry) and another could not be fast-forwarded. But since XVid is not officially supported, it isn't something I can really complain about.
Overall, the BD80 does pretty well as a media player and really well as a Blu-ray and DVD player, plus it has this window onto internet content (VIERA Cast) which Panasonic can enhance over time by partnering with more people.
BTW, I would not hold my breath for Netflix online streaming support. The comment Panasonic reps made in their NY demo was "there are basically two camps - those that support Amazon and those that support Netflix" - guess which camp they're in? It doesn't mean it will *never* happen but I wouldn't expect it soon. Let's see (in May?) how things go with the Amazon movies-on-demand.
The only vendor I've seen so far with specific announced plans to support both Netflix AND Amazon is actually VIZIO in their "Connected HDTV" platform (and Roku in their standalone box).