Hi. Joined this forum just to read about this exact model -- glad you're all here. I intend to buy the ES15 in a month or so and most everything I've read says it's the right choice for me.
My memory could be wrong but I think I saw DivX playback listed on the retail box. I remember gasping slightly in excitement. I can't confirm that now because our local Best Buy and Circuit City is sold out. But...
Go to the Japanese product web site to confirm DivX Playback:
(sorry, no links until I make 5 posts!)
Here is a quick clip out of the spec chart:
DivX*4 on CD, CD-R / RW, DVD-R
*4: Official DivX Certified product. Plays DivX_5, DivX_4, DivX_3, and DivX_VOD video content (in compliance with DivX Certified technical requirements).DivX, DivX Certified, and associated logos are trademarks of DivXNetworks,Inc. and are used under license.
About DivX : DivX is a popular media technology created by DivX, Inc. DivX media files contain highly compressed video with high visual quality that maintains a relatively small file size.
They do not put a bullet point on the UK version. Note that it claims to only work on CDs and DVD-R.
Again, I won't be able to test this myself until I purchase in a few weeks, but maybe others can try it.
Thanks for all the great info,
[UPDATE:] Wait... uh oh. I just noticed that this is the EUROPEAN Panasonic site. Could it be the case that DivX is only for the PAL version of the ES15? And my mind was only fantasizing when I thought I saw it list on the box?