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Usually it does stream better in the day. Before I blame my ISP I should point out that I have no trouble streaming HD content from other media services and I can do this right after I have a buffering issue with Netflix. I streamed in HD last night from Netflix so maybe the problem will go away for a while until the Netflix servers get overloaded again. Thanks for your response!
If I rememeber correctly thats how it was for me too. Netflix and Hulu were the first to act up. Then others like Vudu, Amazon follow later. My problem ISP was Centurylink (formerly Qwest) and now it is Comcast.
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panasonic BD 85 question

Is there any way to turn the TV off while you listen to the blue ray player using it just for music? The TV and player are tied together somehow (is this because of the HDMI connection?) so that turning the TV off also turns the BD 85 off. One common scenario for me is listening to Pandora...but once I've used the TV as my monitor and got the Pandora station set up and running, I would like to turn off the TV and just listen without the visual distraction of the Pandora screen saver.
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Is there any way to turn the TV off while you listen to the blue ray player using it just for music? The TV and player are tied together somehow (is this because of the HDMI connection?) so that turning the TV off also turns the BD 85 off. One common scenario for me is listening to Pandora...but once I've used the TV as my monitor and got the Pandora station set up and running, I would like to turn off the TV and just listen without the visual distraction of the Pandora screen saver.
Is your TV also Panasonic ? If so do you have Viera Link enabled between the tv and player ? There is a viera link option that shuts off the connected device automaticaly. You can try disabling that.
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My TV is a big Sony....I get the menu off of the Panasonic that I thought was a Viera Link...I'll look into it. Thanks.
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Anyone here have the new DMP-BDT360? Wondering if there is any reason to upgrade from my 85. I can say that the 360 feels like a toy next to the 85 and has only HDMI and optical, no legacy connections at all. It doesn't have the steel case that the 85 has but from a PQ or feature standpoint I'm wondering if it is any better.
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Anyone here have the new DMP-BDT360? Wondering if there is any reason to upgrade from my 85. I can say that the 360 feels like a toy next to the 85 and has only HDMI and optical, no legacy connections at all. It doesn't have the steel case that the 85 has but from a PQ or feature standpoint I'm wondering if it is any better.
I have both of the devices you mention and agree with your assessment. I haven't noticed any material differences in PQ, but the 85 has Amazon - 360 doesn't. And the 360 has advertising on the bottom of some of the menus, which is really weird. Here's the thread on the 360: Panasonic DMP-BD91/BDT260/360/460 Owner's Thread
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I have both of the devices you mention and agree with your assessment. I haven't noticed any material differences in PQ, but the 85 has Amazon - 360 doesn't. And the 360 has advertising on the bottom of some of the menus, which is really weird. Here's the thread on the 360: Panasonic DMP-BD91/BDT260/360/460 Owner's Thread
Just thought I'd add, I know someone with this unit... it has Amazon.
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Thanks for the info. Where did you send your player to get repaired? Did it cost you less than buying a new player would have?
Sorry for the LONG delay getting back to you... I had an accident & was down for a while... Anyways, I had purchased a 4 year warranty on line from Mack Camera & Video Service. I t only cost about $30 at the time when the player was new but boy was it worth it! I'm not really sure if it is cost effective or not in replacing this assembly since I didn't pay any additional costs for the warranty service but here is their toll free phone number so you can call & find out. 800-252-6225

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FYI: They did try to talk me into taking a newer model in exchange instead of a repair but I really love the BD-85 for several reasons. They did a GREAT repair job & I'm glad I still have a perfect working unit once again! The model they offered me actually cost about 1/2 the cost as the retail price of the BD-85 with way less features which I did think was quite amusing at the time.

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Just thought I'd add, I know someone with this unit... it has Amazon.
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I have both of the devices you mention and agree with your assessment. I haven't noticed any material differences in PQ, but the 85 has Amazon - 360 doesn't. And the 360 has advertising on the bottom of some of the menus, which is really weird. Here's the thread on the 360: Panasonic DMP-BD91/BDT260/360/460 Owner's Thread
I went ahead and purchased a 360 and really, build quality aside it is a better unit than my beloved 85. It is faster, PQ is at least as good and it has Amazon and a host of other apps that can be added. Yes, it has advertising but I only see it when I'm looking for apps. It streams great for me. Since I don't need the legacy connections it works fine for me, looks like my 85 will end up at my Mother-in-laws house. I will say that if you have kids or, for some other reason, your blu-ray might be subject to less than optimal treatment the 360 is very lightly built and would not work well in such an environment - otherwise it's an excellent unit.
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Does the BD-85 stream 24p content from Netflix in 24p properly ? It looks like it outputs 24p for discs properly but not for streaming content. There are some test clips on netlflix called "example short" that are avalable in different frame rates and resolution and when I play the ones that are 24fps the player always outputs 60p on hdmi. It is connected to my avr and the avr can show what is the frame rate.
So is it true that this player cannot output 24p for streaming or from netflix at least ? or am I missing anything in the setup ?
Please advise.
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PCM or Bitstream

I am trying to get my new Pioneer AVR SC81 set up for best audio from a Panasonic BD85 BluRay and am connected via HDMI. I initially used Bitstream because I assumed the Pioneer would have the best decoders. However yesterday I switched to PCM. I have been using a Master and Commander DVD (first battle) to test out system balance for effects. When I switched to PCM with DTS the immersion was downright scary, I would have expected small children to be running from the room. Dolby Digital was good too but DTS had more punch, perhaps too much but I preferred it. When I had run this on Bitstream the effect was much less inspiring and I don't understand why.

I am wondering what everyone else is using. I could go with analog direct too. Haven't tried it yet but I have the cables. It is just that there are so many setting in the BD85 and it takes a lot of testing to figure out what they all do.

The BD85 is an old player. So I would be surprised if it would do a better job of decoding, unless I still haven't figured out the proper settings for the bitstream out. I am also not sure the BD85 will decode the latest formats properly.

What settings have you guys found that give the best surround results? Any comments are welcome. I asked on the Pioneer Elite forum but got no input.

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PCM or Bitstream

I am trying to get my new Pioneer AVR SC81 set up for best audio from a Panasonic BD85 BluRay and am connected via HDMI. I initially used Bitstream because I assumed the Pioneer would have the best decoders. However yesterday I switched to PCM. I have been using a Master and Commander DVD (first battle) to test out system balance for effects. When I switched to PCM with DTS the immersion was downright scary, I would have expected small children to be running from the room. Dolby Digital was good too but DTS had more punch, perhaps too much but I preferred it. When I had run this on Bitstream the effect was much less inspiring and I don't understand why.

I am wondering what everyone else is using. I could go with analog direct too. Haven't tried it yet but I have the cables. It is just that there are so many setting in the BD85 and it takes a lot of testing to figure out what they all do.

The BD85 is an old player. So I would be surprised if it would do a better job of decoding, unless I still haven't figured out the proper settings for the bitstream out. I am also not sure the BD85 will decode the latest formats properly.

What settings have you guys found that give the best surround results? Any comments are welcome. I asked on the Pioneer Elite forum but got no input.

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I guess I answered my own question. Doesn't really matter if you use bitstream or PCM. "Should" sound the same. Maybe it does. At least with bitstream I can tell what is being decoded by the display on the AVR.

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hi, wondering if anyone uses DLNA to stream there media files over this player, more over DTSHDMA and DolbyTrueHD, tried a few times over the laptop ( wired ) no luck , i believe this feature not implemented in some regions so any help much appreciated.this is my first post btw.
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I just picked up a DMP-BD85 off EBay for $27 total shipped. It is a terrific player. It works great, has plenty of connection options and is cinavia free.
I updated the firmware to 1.62, but every now and then I see something on the internet indicating there is a 1.76 firmware, but the Panasonic site offers 1.62 as the newest. Is 1.76 for a non-USA region maybe?

Also . . can anyone confirm that the NETGEAR N600 WiFi USB Adapter will work instead of the ridiculously expensive Panasonic brand adapter?

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Here's 1.76

http://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/..._65_85_na.html

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But when you follow that link forwards, it seems to steer you to 1.62 for the DMP-BD85 . . . ?

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But when you follow that link forwards, it seems to steer you to 1.62 for the DMP-BD85 . . . ?
Correct, 1.76 is not available for BD85. You can see that at the link. You have the latest (and probably final) firmware update for your player.


Your post inspired me to pull my BD85P-K out of storage this morning and see about its firmware status. I haven't used it for years, but it is still excellent for picture and audio. I saw that it currently has firmware 1.60 and I attempted to have it do an online update. It told me that I already have the latest update available. Hmmm. Why can't I get 1.62 online? Maybe it is necessary that I do that update manually via disc. I did not try that and am not really interested in doing it at this point. I don't use that player anymore, but besides that it never had any problems whatsoever with any Blu-ray or DVD at firmware 1.60.


Rich, did you update to 1.62 online, or by disc?
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Correct, 1.76 is not available for BD85. You can see that at the link. You have the latest (and probably final) firmware update for your player.

Your post inspired me to pull my BD85P-K out of storage this morning and see about its firmware status. I haven't used it for years, but it is still excellent for picture and audio. I saw that it currently has firmware 1.60 and I attempted to have it do an online update. It told me that I already have the latest update available. Hmmm. Why can't I get 1.62 online? Maybe it is necessary that I do that update manually via disc. I did not try that and am not really interested in doing it at this point. I don't use that player anymore, but besides that it never had any problems whatsoever with any Blu-ray or DVD at firmware 1.60.

Rich, did you update to 1.62 online, or by disc?
I downloaded the 1.62 firmware, unzippd it and burned it to disc. Be sure to do this correctly following the Panasonic detailed instructions. Hopefully you have access to a machine that is still running WinXP as I have found that is the most reliable way to accomplish this.
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My player just took a firmware update to 1.64. Couldn't find any info on the update.
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Just realized it was my 65 that took the update (85 hdmi ports went in a surge).
It took its own update over wifi.
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All this activity of late made me check my machine and I was at 1.56.

I have my BD85 connected to the internet with a wired connection and I was able to download the latest version of 1.64 through the machine last night without a hitch. I have a pretty slow DSL connection, and it still was only about a 10 minute process from start to finish.

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1.64 FW is the latest, just released September

Here is a link to the update along with details on what has been addressed on 1.64 FW for the BD85 but including below as well, hopefully it will show up okay.


If you go to the BD85 on the Panasonic website, it still has 1.62 FW listed so they haven't updated it to accurately list 1.64 as shown via the link.

1.64 FW released 9/29/2015



http://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/..._65_85_na.html



Looks like my snagit doesn't show up.

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Here is a link to the update along with details on what has been addressed on 1.64 FW for the BD85 but including below as well, hopefully it will show up okay.

If you go to the BD85 on the Panasonic website, it still has 1.62 FW listed so they haven't updated it to accurately list 1.64 as shown via the link.

1.64 FW released 9/29/2015

http://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/..._65_85_na.html

Looks like my snagit doesn't show up.
Thanks.
Has anyone verified this updated firmware does not corrupt the player's operation with cinavia?
I expect not, due to the licensing date of this model, but better safe than sorry.

Update: I submitted a technical query to Panasonic support asking if firmware 1.64 is free of cinavia.

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i cant seem to get the player to hook to the internet anymore, I never was able to do anything but update the firmware over the net any way.

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