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Comparing 46" Panasonic Vieras

06-06-2009, 08:52 AM
I'm trying to decide between two different 46" Vieras: the TC-P46S1 and the TC-P46G10. It seems that the two main differences are that the G10 has Viera Cast and THX mode. THX mode is not important to me, so it comes down to Viera Cast.

Now, I'm also going to buy a DMP-BD60 to go along with the TV. That player has Viera Cast and costs $200. So it seems to me that I can get the S1 TV and the BD60 for the same price as the G10. This way I get the TV, the BR player, and Viera Cast for the price of a G10. Is that correct? If so, why would I purchase the G10 at all?

Can anyone help me out here?

06-06-2009, 10:14 AM
Info on the BMP BD-60 (I have a 50" Panny Plasma 768p). The HD and SD pictures are stunning, definitely better than WinDVD 9 on my PC. However, Viera Cast is not really useful unless you watch YouTube videos or use Picassa (sp?). I've had my player for a couple weeks. It came with firmware 1.1. It immediately updated to 1.5 which came out in March. This past week, it updated to 1.7 and I still don't see any Amazon.com capabilities with the unit.

I'm getting my Dad a Roku box for father's day and had to test it out. The Amazon HD movie previews (2 minutes) look pretty good, and of course you can access Netflix.


06-06-2009, 11:03 AM
Thanks for the info. I doubt I'd use Viera Cast much either. The Roku box looks like a nice, cheap solution to video on demand. The BD-60 is probably going to be exclusively a Blu-Ray player. I still don't see what the extra $200 for the G10 series buys you.

06-06-2009, 11:58 AM
Maybe an update's coming down the road that would add Netflix/Amazon or other streaming services? That's what I'm hoping for. The Roku is a cool little device and if they could update the Blu player's firmware to do what the roku does that would be a great device. I don't like running my several hundred watts PC, when a Roku or BD player at a fraction of the power gets the job done.

The question is whether the BD 60's hardware will allow Panasonic to update the firmware with real streaming capabilities...? The same maybe true of the new TVs. I think they can support Amazon's service, so I would think they could handle netflix as well...?