Panasonic has made an excellent Blu-Ray player with a lot of essential features required by today's Home Theater enthusiasts. Looking at the unit from its core functions, we see BD-Live, 1080p Upconversion and PHL Chroma Processor Plus. PHL Chroma Plus is developed in collaboration with Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory to enable the player to produce crisp and vivid colors on HD TV sets. The HD sound decoders support Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio Essential with 7.1 channel surround sound output. The unit has an SD card slot and a USB reader, allowing you to connect your digital/video camera to your player without bothering with the wiring. There is one downside with the USB connection: it does not allow you to play DivX or XViD videos, meaning that it is restricted to JPEG and MP3 files. Lose one point Panasonic.
As expected, Panasonic embedded and extended its Viera technology in the product, with Viera cast, which allows you to connect to YouTube, Picasa and Weather. With the latest agreements with Amazon Video on Demand you can rent movies from Amazon.com for as low as USD 0.99. If you are wondering about Netflix, the news is bad: as announced by Panasonic in Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2010, Netflix will only be supported by the 2010 models. If you are not a Netflix subscriber nor you are planning about it, you can safely disregard this lack of functionality.
If you have a Panasonic HD TV with Viera technology, you would expect to manage your HD TV and DMP-BD60 with only one remote. You can do that with this Blu-Ray player, because they both have Viera technology.
I can recommend this Blu-Ray player if you are looking for a reliable, high-performance DVD player. The price/performance ratio is high, but if you are looking for a long-term investment, especially with Netflix support, then I have to say that you will have to look for other Blu-Ray players, possibly with a higher price range.
Panasonic DMP-BD60 comes with a USD 130 price tag from Amazon.com with a typical 1-year warranty.