This is a piece of crap. So apparently, regular Blu-Ray players do not require an internet connection BUT they all require firmware updates but its up to the manufacturer when it takes place. Panasonic has a wifi receiver in the device that can receive a signal indicating it needs up upgrade. BUT with this model you cannot update the device using wifi. We bought it six weeks ago and today Panasonic sent out a signal indicating that it needed a firm ware upgrade.
I called the Panasonic guy and he offered to SELL ME AN EXTRA PART to make it work. "Nice DVD player you have there. Wanna buy this wifi connection device? Oh? Well then you'd better hook up with our good buddies, the cable companies."
Note, as a Blu Ray player, it seemed to work fine. But they reserve the right to brick it any time they want. We did have fair warning, after all, as the Panasonic customer service rep mentioned on the phone, it said clearly in the manual firmware updates were required. That's right, the manual in the box we purchased. So right when I'm going to call the DA and ask to prosecute for fraud, I notice on the back of the box in tiny tiny tiny letters it says, "Requires Broadband Connection."
The next time someone tells you labeling requirements from the government are ridiculous? Send them to this statement.