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Panasonic DMP-MST60 Smart Network Media Streaming Player with Built-In Wi-Fi

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Pros: Does the basics and a few extras

Cons: Limited connectivity, inconsistent user interface

Panasonic released their new DMP-MST60 media player recently. It's their first dedicated media player, although they've offered.similar capabilities in their Smart TVs and Blu-Ray players for the last few years.

The main features offered are:

- Panasonic Viera Cast apps (including Netflix, Hulu Plus, CinemaNow, Vudu, YouTube etc.) plus online access to their app store for other add-ons
- Web browser
- Built-in WiFi (as well as ethernet)
- 3D playback support, including 2D-to-3D conversion
- DLNA support
- direct access to network shared drives
- local playback from USB drive, including NTFS support
- Miracast support for devices that have WiFi Direct (e.g., recent Android 4.2 or higher phones and tablets, but not Apple devices unfortunately)
- includes an HDMI cable (it had better, since that's the only AV connection)

The biggest drawback is that it has only an HDMI connector. There is no analog video output, no analog or digital audio output. You can forget about connecting this player to an AV receiver via optical or coax digital audio.

Physically it's smaller than it looks in photos, and light enough to be twisted around by the HDMI cable. The box contents are the unit itself, the DC power supply, the remote and batteries, short HDMI cable, and quick-start guide.

The remote has a reasonably clear layout, with a dedicated Netflix button and a Home button to get you back quickly to the Home menu. It has very basic TV controls for On/Off and volume (they work with a Panasonic TV, don't know about others). It's a bit clunky and awkward to hold.

The menu and background color scheme is poorly chosen. In many places it uses fine white text on a light grey menu background that's particularly hard to read. The default backdrop is too garish and makes it hard to see the icons, and the other 3 choices aren't much better. Fortunately you can substitute your own photo if you want. Menu layout is ok, but response can be sluggish in parts and it doesn't help that the interaction model is inconsistent. For example sometimes you need to cursor to an item and then click - other times just cursoring onto the item activates it. Some of the pop-up keyboards are QWERTY, others are alphabetical order, others are numeric keypad. I guess their human interface guy was sick the day they were designing this.

Video, photo, and music files can be played from a local USB drive (FAT or NTFS format), or a network DLNA server or shared folder. DLNA streaming worked fine from a Windows 7 PC or from my NAS. I was also able to connect to network shared folders hosted by my Windows 7 PC and my NAS. The range of video file types and codecs supported for playing local files from USB is reasonable, including mp4 and mkv (H.264), mpeg and VOB (mpeg-2), and avi (xvid), although it doesn't support some of the audio and video codecs used by my files (such as divx).

It insisted on a firmware update before it would allow me to access any internet content, but after the update I found that WiFi streaming worked fine for the basic apps like Youtube.

Netflix also worked fine, once I got it going. The first 20 times I tried, it told me that it couldn't connect to Netflix, or it exited with a cryptic error. I double checked that Netflix was working fine on my other devices, I tried a wired ethernet connection, even though Youtube was working fine over wireless. I played with the DNS settings. Eventually on the 21st attempt it connected and I was able to enter my account settings. It requires you to enter username/password for Netflix rather than using the device authorization code scheme. (BTW for non-U.S. users, the Netflix client on this unit can see U.S. content with U.S. DNS settings, but can't play it).

I took a quick look at the web browser, which is an add-on app from the Panasonic app store rather than a built-in capability. As expected, it's not very useful: painfully slow to operate, crashes or freezes with any kind of complex content, and I guess it's the slight overscan on my plasma TV that's cutting off the edges of the browser window.

Overall I think I'd be happy enough with it for routine use like watching Netflix or computer video files (of the right type), once it's set up. It's just that the lack of connectivity options limits the system configurations where you could use it effectively.
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Panasonic DMP-MST60 Smart Network Media Streaming Player with Built-In Wi-Fi
Description:

Panasonic DMP-MST60 3D Smart Network Streaming Player Refined, sophisticated beauty This slim and stylish body is packed with high performance. Simple yet advanced, the DMP-MST60 is designed to built to match virtually any room interior. Now you can stream movies, TV shows, music, videos, photos, and more from your Android 4.2-or higher-enabled mobile device directly to your TV. Panasonic's new DMP-MST60 media streaming player is equipped with Miracast, which makes it possible to play mobile content on the big screen. No more crowding a tiny phone to share your favorite content, Miracast makes exploring and enjoying the Internet - including popular streaming apps - easy and fun. Watch 2D Images in 3D Watch your prized movies in 3D for even greater viewing enjoyment. 2D-3D conversion enables 2D images to be displayed in 3D with natural depth perception. High-Quality Audio Playback The 2013 players are compatible with a wide variety of formats, which lets them reproduce high-quality sound from audio sources without any degradation in sound quality.   Miracast Capability Miracast function lets you mirror the display of smartphone or tablet content on a TV screen. Easily share content from your personal device with friends and family on the big screen.  Less Power Consumption This product is Energy Star Qualified and has been designed to consume as little power as possible in order to save precious natural resources.    Smart TV Made Easy More fun comes via a cloud service. The DMP-MST60 smart, connected Panasonic streaming player features a built-in Wi-Fi system and VIERA Connect, a cloud service that provides access to apps for video, music, social networking, games, news, lifestyle, sports, and health/fitness. Popular apps include Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, and huluplus. Panasonic's VIERA Connect platform makes home entertainment more intuitive, more comfortable, and lots more fun.  Explore Online Entertainment VIERA Connect offers greater home entertainment convenience, and enjoyment. From sports and video on demand, to gaming and communication, now you can enjoy a wide variety of content with family and friends from the comfort of your living room.  View the Internet on the Large Screen This Panasonic streaming player is equipped with an Internet browser. The websites you view on your PC, smartphone, or tablet can now be displayed on a large-screen TV for everyone in the room to share.   Smart Home Networking This product is DLNA-certified and is easy to use with your home network. Share and enjoy digital photos (JPEG), music (MP3, WMA), and videos (AVCHD, WMV) by simply connecting to a network LAN.   Easily enjoy stored content 2013 streaming players are compatible with NTFS (NT File System) format external hard disk drives, so you can enjoy music, photos, and camcorder video content archived on an external HDD.  dsd      Technical Details     Key Features: VIERA Connect (requires broadband Internet service), Miracast, web browser, DLNA function, Full HD 3D playback     Eco-Friendly Features: Energy Star qualified, low power consumption    What's in the Box: 2013 streaming media player, user manual, remote  

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DetailValue
BindingElectronics
BrandPanasonic
EAN0885170119253
FeatureBuilt in Wi-Fi for streaming VOD from Netflix CinemaNow VUDU Hulu+ and YouTube Miracast Display Mirroring Web browser DLNA certified
Item Height1.1 inches
Item Length7.1 inches
Item Width16.9 inches
LabelPanasonic
ManufacturerPanasonic
MPNDMP-MST60
Package Height1 inches
Package Length1 inches
Package Weight1 pounds
Package Width1 inches
PackageQuantity1
PartNumberDMP-MST60
ProductGroupHome Theater
ProductTypeNameDVD_PLAYER_OR_RECORDER
PublisherPanasonic
StudioPanasonic
TitlePanasonic DMP-MST60 Smart Network Media Streaming Player with Built-In Wi-Fi
UPC885170119253
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Item Weight3.3 pounds
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ModelDMP-MST60
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