Originally Posted by waterskier1018
So I'm trying to decide which is better for my needs. I currently have the Panny hooked up and the sony still in the box (recognizing a good 1st step would be to hook up the Sony)...
I am adding this player so I can improve netflix resolution over the wii (have watched 2 movies so far, and it is obviously much better), and to add DLNA, with the intention of viewing pictures and movies from a laptop / 2TB hard drive on my network. The laptop runs win7, so I was hoping to use that, but could not connect, so I am using Serviio for now. So far I've been able to look at pictures, but not movies. My camcoder makes a .mts file. I've seen .mkv mentioned (after looking at the panasonic unit thread), but don't know what that is.
I have had some black screen issues w/netflix so far. It seems as if Panny is better for netflix, but sony for other stuff according to the reading? I have a sony in another room that seems OK for netflix, but also on a 20 y/o 25" tube tv, so hard to compare...
If the goals (in order) are:
2. Pictures / video clip viewing from networked source
3. Blu Ray / DVD watching
4. Other random internet crap.
What would be the best move?
I would also consider a xbox or PS3 if I had to, but would rather not, I have no interest / time for another gaming system, and prefer not to have to deal w/bluetooth remote on PS3.
Side note - I would prefer not to have to reformat all video clips, if possible, i.e. straight from camcorder to hard drive to being viewable. Is this possible?
Anyone else compared the two?
While this is the Sony BX58/S580 owners' thread, I'd still like to put in my two cents, even if this "bashes" the Sony:
As an owner of the Panasonic 110 (since May 2011, which is identical to 210 minus wireless) and the Sony 580 (since yesterday), I have to say I already would pick the Panasonic.
While I can't speak for camcorder playback or MKV, I do like the Panasonic much better if only for the aesthetics of the player (power and eject buttons are on the top left and right of the player, respectively, rather than tiny buttons on the Sony). As mentioned in my post above, I still can't get over the constant blue light on the Sony, which is also a factor.
That said, I canceled Netflix streaming as soon as I was given the opportunity, but from what I hear the interface is nearly identical. Then again, there are less hoops to jump through for the Panasonic, as you aren't forced to register the player in order to access any of the streaming functionality. I also feel like the "portal" interface to streaming is much nicer on the Panasonic, as it's an easily visible menu with ~7 options per page, vs. Sony where it's a giant list - and not to mention the Panasonic's page is customizable to show the services you regularly use. Along with the menus, even though I've owned a PS3 since damn-close to launch and am very used to XMB, the BD rendition of XMB feels a little less tuned, though it's certainly fine enough for what it does.
All in all, it really boils down to which players' aesthetics you like better (physically, menu interface, etc.) - other than that, the players are nearly identical as far as feature set. Keep in mind that CES is next week