I presently have a Panasonic DVD/Blu Ray Player connected to my Panasonic Viera which is 5 years old, but the player got hit by lightning and I needed to replace it. I couldn't find a Panasonic brand player locally so I bought a Sony but before I take it out of the box, I am wondering if there is any reason it wouldn't work any better than the Panasonic brand. My husband thinks I should pair the same name brand and I am not so sure that is necessary. Both have HDMI connections and cables. Thanks.
There should be no reason a Sony BluRay won't work with a Panasonic TV. HDMI is an industry standard. Having a single brand can make it possible to have fewer remotes required to operate. Other than that, there isn't any advantage.