I've read different things but nothing concrete. I read one thing that said the 225 is a 230 but without a paper manual. Mine had a paper manual so that is false.
It's possible that the 225 fixed some problems with the 230. If you look at Amazon, the "date first available was Sept 2013, the 230 was Feb 2013. The only way we would be able to tell is look at manufacture dates.
The only other explanation would be that the 225 and 230 are reseller specific. Some resellers get certain model numbers only for them. I've seen Amazon sell both online and in-store versions of some products so that would explain why they have both.
It does seem that that the 225 is inconsistently stocked with different retailers.
Panasonic itself is no longer listing the 230, nor the 225...while they continue to sell the 330.
Maybe the remaining run of of their 230s got a "225" tweak and new listing at dealers still carrying the 230 before their phase-out. As for the lower model number, maybe that was due to a change that did not represent a different or improved feature set, just an attempt at more reliable performance (over the troubled 230).
Well, I'm sure someone at Panasonic knows what's going on!
Definitely sounds like you got a lemon. There do seem to be same bad apples in the bushel. You could always try an exchange before a return. If you get a reliably serving 230, it's probably the best player in its class. Then again, one man's dependably serving component is another's defective; a doorstop. So I can't begrudge anyone's unhappiness at getting faulty unit.
Turns out that the firmware special-cases US and Canadian players and disables PAL playback. After setting the country code to the UK, I can play back PAL and NTSC without any trouble - it's purely a software limitation, not a hardware one. I lost access to the US streaming services (vudu, Amazon and so on), but no big deal.
I just gort one of these (the 89 model) and have a question.
is anyone here experiencing any problems with the Cinemanow app? I have the VUDU account on it linked to a UV account, and it works fine, but I try to link another UV account to Cinemanow, it doesn't show any of my UV titles at all. been going back and forth with tech "support" for about 3 days now. Not sure if this is me, the player, the software or a setting. I also can;t get the user agreement to stop coming up.
I can see this 10ft. away on my couch.
(The wavy lines are from camera)
I tried watching The Monuments Men on Blu-Ray last night and had the same problems I was having with Elysium. With MM it was showing a black screen much earlier in the movie and didn't seem to have anything to do with volume. By the 3rd chapter I had already ejected the BD and watched the DVD instead.
Has anyone else seen this?
I'll probably phone Panasonic on Monday and make a holy stink about this. It would be nice to be able to say the lots of other people are seeing the same thing.
Thanks for posting this. It fixed the blank out issue for me too on the BDT330.
Player settings>Video>HDMI Output>HDMI Color Mode. This is usually only used for computers. The colors will be dull. It is not a solution. I only confirmed Krismate's observation. The problem is probably the way the 230 is sending the YCbCr 4:2:2 to the receiver. You will also need to turn off Deep Color.
As Bama noted, that solution gives poor colours. Just putting the DVD in worked better.
I was wondering if anyone has an open support case with Panasonic on this issue. It seems to me that they should be issuing a firmware fix for this problem.
This also happens on This Is The End. I've noticed it on most of the new Sony discs, which are all Mastered in 4K.
My friend bought a new 42" panasonic recently and a pioneer bluray BD160 player.
The player had drop outs regularly and other players in the system ok after upgrading to hdmi cables.Everything including the pioneer played on his old Panasonic lcd tv.So exchanged tv with same model 42" and same issue.He went and bought a new DMP-BDT-230 last night and playing fine so far on firmware 1.39.Region free dvd works on some overseas discs and others not probably because of copy protection.We are in Australia and dvd supposed to be region free but not so.
The biggest disappointment is firmware updating on the DMP-BDT-230.IF NO INTERNET YOU HAVE TO USE MICROSOFT XP TO BURN A FIRMWARE DISC.
This is unbelieveable this day an age when everything can be updated via usb stick.
You cant use anything other then XP to burn a firmware disc.
Absolutely unbelieveable this day an age.
Also lastest panansonic tv's and the DMP-BDT-230 firmware state fixes to fix HDMI ISSUES which is a real worry.
The firmware updates for the tv didnt fix the problem with the new pioneer bluray dropouts.
So stay away from panasonic now--it doesnt look good
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Oppo UDP-203 -> Yamaha CX-A5100 -> Sony XBR-75X940C; Mediabridge 6' and 15' HDMI cables.
What should I be looking for in terms of "dull colors". The MM disk generally seemed dull (washed out war movie look), but the final scenes from 1977 in the cathedral looked great. The gold in the pipe organ looked really good.
I'd prefer Panasonic fixes this problem properly, but this may be OK as a work around.
Hopefully, next firmware.
I'm sure you've tried this, but does the problem persist if you connect your player directly to your TV?
I'll try to get one of the offending Blus, see if I can reproduce these dropouts on my system.
update: after installing the latest update, my 230 locked up for the first time powering up (not immediately after the installation). It has frozen before during a DLNA session, so it's not unheard of. I'll watch for any spike in lockups that could indicate an issue with the new firmware. Apart from that one glitch, so far, so good. As with other reported episodes of freezing, unplugging the unit provided a fix.
Last edited by JackN; 07-28-2014 at 06:51 PM.
Was hoping someone could please answer a question for me.
Why is there no 2013/2014 app for the Panasonic blu ray player ?
Is there one on the way maybe or are Panasonic not bothering ?
I have DMP-BDT-230
My set up
Marantz SR-7008, Emotiva XPA-3
Sony UBP-X800 Ultra 4K Blu Ray Player, Harmony Ultimate Remote
Klipsch RB-81II, RC-52II, Boston Acoustics Micro 120s
Klipsch SW-310, RPW-10, Samsung UN65JS8500FXZA
Has anyone found a workaround on this specific player? The fix changing the HDMI colour space doesn't seem to be an option in the firmware of the 79.
I'm also stuck with the DVD playback being region locked. Half my DVD collection is from my home country (UK) and the other half from where I currently live (Australia). Regretting picking the thing up on a whim and not researching it more!
edit: just got off the phone with Panasonic Customer Care Australia. The lady was really rude and just kept telling me that the BD-79 is not a 4k player and of course it won't work. I tried to explain what 'mastered in 4K' means but she just talked over me and got pretty aggressive. Really disappointed in the consumer support from Pana! Just bought a 2ME Production Switcher at work from the broadcast division and they are great with customer support!
edit 2: getting some email support now, so fingers crossed!
Last edited by jamesdebenham; 09-22-2014 at 03:07 PM.
Is this happening after using streaming services or network functions? If you don't already--as the disc operations seem to be more stable on these units--you could try exiting any application and returning to the main system menu before powering down. Also: Be sure you're not leaving a disc in the unit, as I've read about other instances of freezing on shut-down in such cases. See if that helps...
Last edited by JackN; 10-05-2014 at 09:43 PM.
Over in the Official Panasonic DMP-BDT 220/320/500 Owners Thread
someone mentioned that they could perform a subtitle shift on both the 220 and 320.
I cant buy either of these 2 models here, but I can but the 230. Could anyone here confirm or test they can do it on their 230?
There are no instructions in the manual but apparently it can be done like this.....
"when you bring up the options menu while playing a disc there's an item labelled "Subtitle Settings"; within that there's an item called "Subtitle Position". That brings up a little pop-up over the screen which you can use to move the subtitles up and down (but not left and right) with the arrow keys."
Cheers and Thanks
Last edited by johnnywynne; 10-06-2014 at 07:38 AM. Reason: incorrect model number
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