Photos: Hands-on the Panasonic DMP-BD60 YouTube and Blu-ray player
We've got our hands on Panasonic's first VieraCast Blu-ray player, which lets you stream YouTube videos to your telly, as well as all the usual hi-def gubbins
It wasn't so long ago we were taking in a cultural tour of Amsterdam with Panasonic, listening to its hopes and dreams for the coming year. One of its aspirations was to put YouTube and other selected Internet content on TVs across the land. The DMP-BD60 is the first Blu-ray player we've got our hands on to include the VieraCast software that makes this possible.
As far as Blu-ray players go, the BD60 is sturdy, good-looking and -- most importantly of all -- rammed to the lasers with cool features. The BD60 supports Blu-ray's profile 2.0, which means it can grab extra 'BD Live' features from the Web. You get all the profile 1.1 features too, so you can watch picture-in-picture content, including behind-the-scenes documentaries that run alongside the main feature. It's cool, but one of those things you never actually use.
The only feature we think is missing is analogue 7.1 audio output. Sure, HDMI can send both Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA to your AV receiver, but not everyone has equipment that can decode these relatively new HD audio formats. That's where analogue audio outputs come in, and this player ain't got them. A shame, we think you'll agree, but not a showstopper.
Now we've got this player in our sweaty little hands, it would simply be rude not to review it. So keep an eye on our DVD reviews channel for our detailed thoughts about this machine. As yet, pricing isn't clear, but early reports suggest it will be around £300. Click through for more hands-on photos and details.
Here are the all-important video ports. As you can see though, there's no 7.1 analogue audio out. A shame, but not the end of the world.
You do, however, get component video, HDMI, Ethernet and stereo RCA and optical digital audio outputs.