Just ordered the Panny P55UT50 and I have little clue if it will play anything I want via the USB port (most notably AVCHD or MKV SBS). I heard it was finicky.
I've got no player, a receiver with only optical in and out (no hdmi) and an older Xbox with no HDMI either. I'm probably going to need some kind of switch to run everything via HDMI into the tv and then out via optical into the receiver (too bad the tv doesn't have optical in).
I have spent a couple dollars (from BF) on Blu-rays but I'd rather just store them on a digital drive and network it all. Perhaps I will get a player someday, but I am content with hooking up my laptop (with integrated graphics, sadly) to my TV for now. I just feel there must be a better way to network it all, so I don't need to be sitting on a computer right next to the TV (VLC remote is about the only good thing I have going). And 3D is not currently possible at all, that I know of.
Is there a media streaming device that can do this all for me? I am open to players too, if they can do it all and accept external HDD's.