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xvfx's Avatar xvfx 07:08 PM 06-20-2014
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Originally Posted by scirica View Post
Now I'm at least two upgrades behind, mostly because I don't use the Viera tools and my display looks so good right now I don't want to take any chances! If it ain't broke...
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Originally Posted by TWD View Post
I don't blame you. If they have another upgrade, I think I will get a Roku and blow off the Viera connect.
I don't know what the equivalent is for the US version number but it's another reason why I keep the TV disconnected just in case. The Blu-Ray player has all the smart features.

The TV came with 1.626. Yet it's not listed.

http://panasonic.jp/support/global/c...down_eu13.html

THeCozen1's Avatar THeCozen1 09:48 PM 06-20-2014
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Originally Posted by dpeters11 View Post
I plugged mine back into the Internet and it didn't say anything about network improvement, it indicated that the peak levels were changed.
My network update screen says "VT50 PEAKS" as well. Anyone have a clue what this does? I'm connected via wi-fi but have not automatically updated yet.
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JimP 03:45 AM 06-21-2014
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Originally Posted by I WANT MORE View Post
My set is Chad B. calibrated and I did not notice any difference with this or the last upgrade. Albeit it is with my Neked eyes.
Just my opinion but I wouldn't trust my "neked" eyes. Changes can be so subtle that errors won't jump out at you. You'll just get a sense over time that something isn't quite right.
DSperber's Avatar DSperber 05:01 AM 06-21-2014
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Now I'm at least two upgrades behind, mostly because I don't use the Viera tools and my display looks so good right now I don't want to take any chances! If it ain't broke...
Ditto.

Last applied a firmware upgrade back in January 2013 after I bought my 65VT50. Had the set calibrated by D-Nice in April 2013, and haven't wanted to make a single adjustment since then.

I don't use Viera tools, as whatever little Netflix streaming I do is via my Oppo 103.

Perfection of image, just as it is right now. That is 100% of what I care about. No need to touch it, or even take a chance affecting it.

If it ain't broke and it's 100% perfect...
billmich's Avatar billmich 09:22 AM 06-21-2014
If you really care about the perfection of quality, you should bring back your calibrator every 2 years
Things drift over time
gadgtfreek's Avatar gadgtfreek 10:07 AM 06-21-2014
I personally recommend 1 year on a plasma, depending on hours. Chad does mine every 6 months (700 hours roughly) and it is close to de 3 at that point. Since I do not go to theater any more, money well spent for the HT experience. Plus the touchups are cheap.
billmich's Avatar billmich 01:11 PM 06-21-2014
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I personally recommend 1 year on a plasma, depending on hours. Chad does mine every 6 months (700 hours roughly) and it is close to de 3 at that point. Since I do not go to theater any more, money well spent for the HT experience. Plus the touchups are cheap.
Proves my point even more, you don't just "set it and forget it"
jhbball's Avatar jhbball 10:41 AM 06-23-2014
Hey all,

I'm having some new issues with Panasonic TC-P65VT50. I have the December 2012 model. As of last night, each of the 4 HDMI ports will not display a signal (no signal detected, or a similar message). I was watching the soccer game on my Chromecast, then the picture began to distort, and went "black" shortly after and displayed the 'no signal' message. I powered off the TV, tried each or the HDMI ports, unplugged all other HDMI devices, but I can't seem to get any of the ports to work. The VGA/Antenna inputs still seem to work fine.

I'm guessing one of the boards went bad, my guess was the "main board". I believe the model number is "TNPH0988 1A". Does this sound like the right part to replace, based on my description above? Any tips on opening this TV and replacing this board? Unfortunately, the TV is out of warranty.

Thanks!
gadgtfreek's Avatar gadgtfreek 10:44 AM 06-23-2014
Board replacement is not hard, part can be found online easily once you diagnose the proper board. The back removes easily and so do the boards. I'd replace it with the tv on the stand, not face down.
jhbball's Avatar jhbball 11:43 AM 06-23-2014
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Originally Posted by gadgtfreek View Post
Board replacement is not hard, part can be found online easily once you diagnose the proper board. The back removes easily and so do the boards. I'd replace it with the tv on the stand, not face down.
Thanks for your response. So the "main board" sounds like it might be the culprit then? I was planning on opening it up to verify the actual part number this weekend.
gadgtfreek's Avatar gadgtfreek 11:47 AM 06-23-2014
Not sure, when my HDMI ports acted up on a 2008 model it was the "A" board.

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/part...&prst=&shdMod=
jhbball's Avatar jhbball 11:55 AM 06-23-2014
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Not sure, when my HDMI ports acted up on a 2008 model it was the "A" board.

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/part...&prst=&shdMod=
Thanks for posting this. Looks like I'm looking in the right place.
robnix's Avatar robnix 07:42 PM 06-23-2014
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Thanks for posting this. Looks like I'm looking in the right place.
Ebay typically has the HDMI board for 100.00-150.00
Terry Newton's Avatar Terry Newton 02:48 PM 06-24-2014
I have a Panasonic TCP65VT50 and I cannot see the Computer connection,but I can get my hand on it.Is it a female VGA? If not then what is it? Thank you.
magnusr's Avatar magnusr 07:12 AM 06-25-2014
I got a question to all you experts I have a 65 inch VT50

I have a computer connected using a hdmi cable to this tv. Windows 8 with ATI 280x and latest 14.6 driver.

Is the correct settings:
ATI CCC: pixel format: RGB 4:4:4 (Limited RGB)
ATI CCC: Video: Dymanic range not selected
LAV Video Decoder: RGB output leves: untouched
madvr: RGB output leves: TV levels (16-235)

thx in advance
PINKTULIPS7's Avatar PINKTULIPS7 01:34 PM 06-28-2014
After update to new Firmware 1.20 Netflix SuperHD showing or playing at 720P HD instead of 1080P HD!!!!!!!!
PINKTULIPS7's Avatar PINKTULIPS7 01:35 PM 06-28-2014
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Originally Posted by Terry Newton View Post
I have a Panasonic TCP65VT50 and I cannot see the Computer connection,but I can get my hand on it.Is it a female VGA? If not then what is it? Thank you.
Use any HDMI port
Terry Newton's Avatar Terry Newton 03:31 PM 06-28-2014
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Originally Posted by PINKTULIPS7 View Post
Use any HDMI port
I am aware of that option but that was not my question.Thank you for your answer.
PINKTULIPS7's Avatar PINKTULIPS7 04:28 PM 06-28-2014
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I am aware of that option but that was not my question.Thank you for your answer.
Then anewer to your question Female VGA!!!
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highwire's Avatar highwire 04:31 PM 06-28-2014
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Originally Posted by PINKTULIPS7 View Post
After update to new Firmware 1.20 Netflix SuperHD showing or playing at 720P HD instead of 1080P HD!!!!!!!!
GT50 with new S/W version 1.210 has the same issue. 720p only now whereas before it was always 1080p.
PINKTULIPS7's Avatar PINKTULIPS7 04:39 PM 06-28-2014
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GT50 with new S/W version 1.210 has the same issue. 720p only now whereas before it was always 1080p.
Thx for reply,Panasonic went backword with this new firmware!!!I have tested with Netgear R7000(AC1900) Router and Netgear 3800 Router but same result...............
Terry Newton's Avatar Terry Newton 04:46 PM 06-28-2014
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Originally Posted by PINKTULIPS7 View Post
Then anewer to your question Female VGA!!!
Thank you.
highwire's Avatar highwire 04:52 PM 06-28-2014
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Originally Posted by PINKTULIPS7 View Post
Thx for reply,Panasonic went backword with this new firmware!!!I have tested with Netgear R7000(AC1900) Router and Netgear 3800 Router but same result...............
I did a bunch of troubleshooting myself. I have three other devices on my network that continue to do 1080p Netflix just fine. I reset the Netflix app and reset the TV, but there was no change. Instead of maxing out at 5800Mbps 1080p as before, it now just stops at 3000Mbps 720p.

There's a test video you can try - search for "Example Short 23.976".
DSperber's Avatar DSperber 08:37 PM 06-28-2014
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I did a bunch of troubleshooting myself. I have three other devices on my network that continue to do 1080p Netflix just fine. I reset the Netflix app and reset the TV, but there was no change. Instead of maxing out at 5800Mbps 1080p as before, it now just stops at 3000Mbps 720p.
Apparently, this is a Netflix-imposed limitation in the Netflix apps they provide to hardware vendors for implementation in "smart" devices.

I have an Oppo BDP-103, and the Netflix app in that player absolutely supports 1080p SuperHD. In fact, the "info" button on the 103's remote displays that exact source resolution information onscreen when playing such a stream.

In contrast, the Netflix app on the Oppo BDP-93 has been "throttled" to the 720p limit as you're seeing on the VT50 from the new firmware. This apparently is a limitation from Netflix, based on the hardware involved. Doesn't matter that my network can obviously support the 1080p SuperHD stream (which DOES appear through my Oppo 103)... watching Netflix via my Oppo 93 only plays at 720p. I've thus stopped watching Netflix through the 93, and only watch it through the 103.

Personally, I have Smart Viera Tools disabled on my 65VT50 and have never used Netflix streaming from it. I've also not updated firmware on my 65VT50 since right after originally acquiring it in January 2013, and prior to getting it calibrated by D-Nice a few months later. I've always used the Netflix app on the 93 and 103 (but now only on the 103), because 1080p SuperHD is important to me.
JimP 05:43 AM 06-29-2014
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Originally Posted by DSperber View Post
Apparently, this is a Netflix-imposed limitation in the Netflix apps they provide to hardware vendors for implementation in "smart" devices.

I have an Oppo BDP-103, and the Netflix app in that player absolutely supports 1080p SuperHD. In fact, the "info" button on the 103's remote displays that exact source resolution information onscreen when playing such a stream.

In contrast, the Netflix app on the Oppo BDP-93 has been "throttled" to the 720p limit as you're seeing on the VT50 from the new firmware. This apparently is a limitation from Netflix, based on the hardware involved. Doesn't matter that my network can obviously support the 1080p SuperHD stream (which DOES appear through my Oppo 103)... watching Netflix via my Oppo 93 only plays at 720p. I've thus stopped watching Netflix through the 93, and only watch it through the 103.

Personally, I have Smart Viera Tools disabled on my 65VT50 and have never used Netflix streaming from it. I've also not updated firmware on my 65VT50 since right after originally acquiring it in January 2013, and prior to getting it calibrated by D-Nice a few months later. I've always used the Netflix app on the 93 and 103 (but now only on the 103), because 1080p SuperHD is important to me.

If that's truly the case, isn't it just a matter of time before your other devices get throttled back?


I do use the Vierra App to get Netflix and find it incredible that Panasonic would cripple it.
Guess Netflix doesn't want to pay for extra bandwidth.
PINKTULIPS7's Avatar PINKTULIPS7 06:26 AM 06-29-2014
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Originally Posted by DSperber View Post
Apparently, this is a Netflix-imposed limitation in the Netflix apps they provide to hardware vendors for implementation in "smart" devices.

I have an Oppo BDP-103, and the Netflix app in that player absolutely supports 1080p SuperHD. In fact, the "info" button on the 103's remote displays that exact source resolution information onscreen when playing such a stream.

In contrast, the Netflix app on the Oppo BDP-93 has been "throttled" to the 720p limit as you're seeing on the VT50 from the new firmware. This apparently is a limitation from Netflix, based on the hardware involved. Doesn't matter that my network can obviously support the 1080p SuperHD stream (which DOES appear through my Oppo 103)... watching Netflix via my Oppo 93 only plays at 720p. I've thus stopped watching Netflix through the 93, and only watch it through the 103.

Personally, I have Smart Viera Tools disabled on my 65VT50 and have never used Netflix streaming from it. I've also not updated firmware on my 65VT50 since right after originally acquiring it in January 2013, and prior to getting it calibrated by D-Nice a few months later. I've always used the Netflix app on the 93 and 103 (but now only on the 103), because 1080p SuperHD is important to me.
Otherway you are saying Panasonic all the sudden put a cap on VT-50 so its nolonger support 1080P HD which doesn't make any sense to me!!!Panasoninc VT-50 was playing Super HD 1080P since Netflix start streaming SuperHD!!!
DSperber's Avatar DSperber 07:19 AM 06-29-2014
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Otherway you are saying Panasonic all the sudden put a cap on VT-50 so its no longer support 1080P HD which doesn't make any sense to me!!!Panasonic VT-50 was playing Super HD 1080P since Netflix start streaming SuperHD!!!
I honestly don't know that there was any change in the Netflix app present on the VT50. I don't personally use it. I'm simply speculating based on the report posted here that since the firmware upgrade only 720p is being received. I can't confirm that, and I really don't know that this isn't because of some other issue.

But if it's related to the Netflix app then I simply mention it is almost certainly coming from Netflix, not from Panasonic. It's Netflix which provides the software, and sets the hardware rules for what speed the app can present at. Again, I point to the Oppo situation where the 93 Netflix app is absolutely limited to 720p whereas the 103's Netflix app supports 1080p SuperHD. Why wouldn't Oppo provide max speed for both players if they could and if it were their own software?

I certainly hope I'm not speaking complete fiction here, but I do know the story about the Netflix app on Oppo players. So I'm simply speculating there may have been a related story with the latest Panny firmware for the VT50.

It would be helpful if some other users of Netflix streaming on their own VT50 with new firmware could confirm or deny the 720p-limit report.

Is it possible to contact Netflix "customer service" or Panasonic for confirmation? Else this is really just speculation.
PINKTULIPS7's Avatar PINKTULIPS7 09:38 AM 06-29-2014
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Originally Posted by DSperber View Post
I honestly don't know that there was any change in the Netflix app present on the VT50. I don't personally use it. I'm simply speculating based on the report posted here that since the firmware upgrade only 720p is being received. I can't confirm that, and I really don't know that this isn't because of some other issue.

But if it's related to the Netflix app then I simply mention it is almost certainly coming from Netflix, not from Panasonic. It's Netflix which provides the software, and sets the hardware rules for what speed the app can present at. Again, I point to the Oppo situation where the 93 Netflix app is absolutely limited to 720p whereas the 103's Netflix app supports 1080p SuperHD. Why wouldn't Oppo provide max speed for both players if they could and if it were their own software?

I certainly hope I'm not speaking complete fiction here, but I do know the story about the Netflix app on Oppo players. So I'm simply speculating there may have been a related story with the latest Panny firmware for the VT50.

It would be helpful if some other users of Netflix streaming on their own VT50 with new firmware could confirm or deny the 720p-limit report.

Is it possible to contact Netflix "customer service" or Panasonic for confirmation? Else this is really just speculation.
Netflix APPS doesn't have any hardware ID setting that controled by Panasonic but ISP can put a Cap on bandwidth!!!This is not the case here...........I am able to play Netflix SuperHD 1080P through my Panasonic DMP-BDT500 and also Samsung Player so I believe its a software/firmware problem in the APP whichone created by Panasonic
PINKTULIPS7's Avatar PINKTULIPS7 09:43 AM 06-29-2014
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Originally Posted by DSperber View Post
I honestly don't know that there was any change in the Netflix app present on the VT50. I don't personally use it. I'm simply speculating based on the report posted here that since the firmware upgrade only 720p is being received. I can't confirm that, and I really don't know that this isn't because of some other issue.

But if it's related to the Netflix app then I simply mention it is almost certainly coming from Netflix, not from Panasonic. It's Netflix which provides the software, and sets the hardware rules for what speed the app can present at. Again, I point to the Oppo situation where the 93 Netflix app is absolutely limited to 720p whereas the 103's Netflix app supports 1080p SuperHD. Why wouldn't Oppo provide max speed for both players if they could and if it were their own software?

I certainly hope I'm not speaking complete fiction here, but I do know the story about the Netflix app on Oppo players. So I'm simply speculating there may have been a related story with the latest Panny firmware for the VT50.

It would be helpful if some other users of Netflix streaming on their own VT50 with new firmware could confirm or deny the 720p-limit report.

Is it possible to contact Netflix "customer service" or Panasonic for confirmation? Else this is really just speculation.
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Originally Posted by JimP View Post
If that's truly the case, isn't it just a matter of time before your other devices get throttled back?


I do use the Vierra App to get Netflix and find it incredible that Panasonic would cripple it.
Guess Netflix doesn't want to pay for extra bandwidth.
Netflix do pay for extra bandwidth to ISP but Panasonic has nothing to do with it!!!!!!!!!example if your ISP provide 10/1 Mbps you should able to play 1080P HD
xvfx's Avatar xvfx 02:54 PM 06-29-2014
Is this a Netflix term, SuperHD?
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