Panasonic Complaint - Obsolete After 5 Months-Customer "Service" Ha!
I must take some blame because my father always said that a product is only as good as the company that will stand behind it. Had I read the reviews which scores of dissatisfied customers have posted online about their problems with Panasonic's Customer Seervice Department, I would never have purchased anything from this manufacturer. We have a blue-ray subscription with Netflix and about two weeks ago none of the discs played-we get a message that the disc is incompatible with the unit. All discs appear to be in good shape-we clean them anyway-properly and also use a cleaner for our machine. Same result. Try the discs on our friend's machine (not-Panasonic) and they play perfectly. First call is to Netflix which tells us that the newer discs they send out have been encoded with a security feature and our unit needs a firmware upgrade. They suggest we call Panasonic. On Friday, 1/21, we call Panasonic and they instuct us to go on their website and download firmware which they say will correct this problem. We do so. But our discs still do not play. Call Panasonic and the service representative tells us that their product is superior to our friend's player because his is allowing defective discs to play while theirs in more selective! Now I know I've gone through the looking glass and beyond. After an interminable wait to speak with a supervisor, the representative gets back on and says that she was told that we need upgraded firmware beyond which is currently being offered on their website but that it will be sent to us to upgrade our player in 7-10 business days. I ask for expedited service such as Fedex etc because of the trouble we've been through and the misinformation. Wednesday's mail comes and goes without anything from Panasonic. My wife calls and after restating the whole history finally gets to speak to a supervisor who tells us that by buying a SD card our problem would be solved. Paid $12 and it did not work. Call back the next day and after being talked down to as though we were dolts are told that the supervisor who advised us to purchase SD card is on a break but would call us back shortly. After 1 1/2 hours with no callback, we call Panasonic and go through the trials and tribulations of speaking to a supervisor who barely responds to our questions, offers no help whatsoever and repeatedly asks are we in the same room as the player and TV. We have learned our lesson-will donate this player to a school, check out customer service ratings of two companies we had in mind and purchase a player which its company supports with able and courteous service.