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Panasonic DMP-BDT120 review



Our Score


User Score


  • Stunning Blu-ray pictures
  • Super-intuitive operating system
  • Upgraded to Viera Connect


  • Needs USB dongle for Wi-Fi
  • Viera Connect interface a little long-winded

Review Price £139.99

Key Features: 3D Blu-ray playback; Viera Connect with BBC iPlayer; DLNA and non-DLNA network drive support; USB port and SD card slot; Skype; iPhone/iPad control with remote app

Manufacturer: Panasonic

We’ve already cast our eye over the Panasonic DMP-BDT320 and DMP-BDT220 Blu-ray players, so it’s only right that we complete the trilogy with the Panasonic DMP-BDT120, the entry-level 3D model in the range. Naturally it’s not as well-specced as the two step-up models above but still comes equipped with enough features to make its £140 price tag look like a good deal.

DesignPanasonic DMP-BDT220

The design is pretty much identical to that of the DMP-BDT220, housed in 38mm high all-black bodywork with a silver stripe running along the top edge of the fascia. It’s not as pretty as the DMP-BDT320, lacking its disc slot and sloping sides, yet it’s still an attractive player and a sympathetic match for Panasonic’s latest range of Viera TVs.


Underneath the front flap is the disc tray, a couple of buttons, an SD card slot and a USB port – great to see Panasonic not skimping on front terminals at this lower price. Although not up to the super-rigid standards of the flagship DMP-BDT500 (review to follow soon), the BDT120 has a solid feel that won’t leave you feeling short-changed.

Panasonic DMP-BDT120

The rear panel offers the same sockets as the BDT220, including a 3D-capable HDMI output, optical digital and analogue stereo outputs, composite video output and an Ethernet port for making a wired connection to an internet router. There’s a second USB port too, which is designed to work with Panasonic’s optical accessories – the TY-CC10W Skype communication camera and the DY-WL5 Wi-Fi adapter.

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Jon Metcalfe

February 21, 2013, 3:50 pm

If you have a wireless box attached to your sky+ box, it will connect to your blu-ray player. In SETUP (bizarrely) choose the WIRED option. It will connect you WIRELESSLY and immediately update the firmware. Then off you go with complete wi-fi functionality. (Wireless box from Sky costs £21, less than half the Panasonic dongle). Trust me - itworkd!


August 2, 2013, 9:28 pm

The thing has a wired network connection, and will alwasy be sitting somewhere next ti the TV, so why the fuzz about it not having WiFi?
I like to have the WiFi free for the netbook and other portable devices, and not waste the bandwith to a fixed utility.
BTW, though I'm happy with the player, the Network Drive facilities seem to be pretty useless, and the Internet portal is at least horribly annoying with the beep that seems can not be switched-off.......
And though the DNLA player does see the .wmv and .avi files on the network drive (which it doesn't want to connect to as network drive) it doesn't play any of these files.. But, no problem playing the music colledtion from the same network drive.....


September 10, 2013, 5:17 pm

Hi Jon
How exactly do you connect this machine to Sky+, so you are able to share it's Wifi connection?
As another point, I have a Panasonic Viera TV which I have got a wifi adaptor connected to. Could I possibly just make an additional connection (ie: as well as the HDMI) and get this BluRay player connected to the web that way?


March 18, 2014, 6:42 am

how to make it multi zone


April 29, 2014, 6:05 pm

Under DLNA this player is not able to play more of DivX files, mp3 and another media files. The workaround - use network driver connection, but this is not correct info in your review. Please, be careful with info and check it twice when you share important info with your readers!!! I like Panasonic products, but this player has and another problem. Many of mkv files are tearing, especially if they are more 1GB!!! I am not very impressed. On the other hand I have Panasonic vier a Smart TV and this is the best TV ever. Play everything, work with high performance and etc.

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