Re: Panasonic Announces Pricing for DMP-BD50 $699 MSRP
I think media servers will become a lot more commonplace in the not too distant future and to be offering devices that include their own closed storage systems makes little sense - especially if adding that storage causes even minor increases to the price or complexity. The only way BD-Live would be a reasonable feature would be to enable the service only if external storage is detected on the network - an easy task with UPnP. Or, of course, if the player already has mass storage (e.g. PS3).
I heartlily agree that basic functionality should be rock solid before even considering features like BD-Live that will only see limited use.