Just called Panasonic and asked them again if DTS is supported and they said no. Last week I was told yes. So much for hoping Panasonic would offer better support than Samsung. Doesn't anybody know their products anymore? Sales people in Best Buy/(name your favorite retailer) are idiots, and the manufacturer is no better. Where would we all be without these forums?
I also asked about the motion smoothing being applied when playing files off the media player and she told me that the option for 3:2 pulldown is only available when it receives HDMI signals, not directly from the USB port. She also put me on hold and came back after a few minutes and said they tried some files and the "guy" said that it was my perception that it looked like motion smoothing was being applied, but that it was fine in reality. I insisted that it was applying some sort of motion smoothing and they said it shouldn't be and I was imagining it.
I then told her that it was not my perception, because it looked correct when I used my blu-ray player to play the file, but had that distinct "soap opera effect" or "cartoony look" as she put it when I played it on the Panasonic. I also told her that other people have commented on this in the forums, so it is not just my perception. My friend also noticed it in the same room with me.
At that point, she asked me if I was aware of any others on the forum who had called Panasonic about this, and I said "not to my knowledge". She asked me to mention in the forum that if others are experiencing this motion smoothing issue during media file playback with 23.976 material (I'm not sure about other framerates yet) to please call Panasonic and report it. So bull3964, and others who are noticing this, please help us all out and give Panasonic a call and report the issue - it took me about 15 minutes total. Be polite but don't settle for lame excuses like "it's just your perception". If enough people can call about this she said then they might actually look into the issue, but not based off one phone call.
In case others are wondering why I don't just use my blu-ray player then, it's because my Samsung blu-ray player is crap and freezes and stutters constantly when playing any media file (it stuttered probably a hundred times or more last night while I was watching some files - sometimes 3 or 4 stutters per minute, and no it's not the files, it's the lousy player since it stutters on discs also).