Starting to sound like Panasonic rushed these new players to market before they worked out all the bugs. For the first time, I too am having issues with a Panasonic product. My new BDT210 has a very noisy disc drive, the front panel display is dark, and the remote misfires now and then.
Has anyone else noticed how loud these players are when the disc is spinning ? Not only loud, but an annoying high-pitch whirring sound. I never noticed any disc drive noise with my BD35.
And I can't figure out why the display is completely dark. I tried all 3 settings (auto, dim, bright) and the front display remains completely dark. I think it may have worked initially, prior to running the FW update. I may try a reset, but I'm leaning more towards just returning the player.
And I agree about the Touch-Free Sensor. It's nothing but a gimmick and no easier than just pressing the eject button. I turned it off. Wish Panasonic would have spent the money on better construction instead.