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Were the options to set proxy under network settings previously? All I know it's that I'm still getting loading issues with the Netflix app, post update, via Ethernet. Could be a Netflix issue, but I've never experienced it with my Roku 3, on my other set.
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Were the options to set proxy under network settings previously? All I know it's that I'm still getting loading issues with the Netflix app, post update, via Ethernet. Could be a Netflix issue, but I've never experienced it with my Roku 3, on my other set.
That's odd. I have been using Netflix on my ZT for the last 3 years without any problems. I have been using wireless 5GHz, and I have no trouble streaming Netflix at 1080p with the highest Netflix bitrates. My internet is 60Mbps down, 4Mbps up.

Maybe an incompatibility, or setting, between you router and the TV?
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Were the options to set proxy under network settings previously? All I know it's that I'm still getting loading issues with the Netflix app, post update, via Ethernet. Could be a Netflix issue, but I've never experienced it with my Roku 3, on my other set.
I feel like Neflix runs better through my PS4 then it does from my ZT60. Everything that I read states that it's better to watch Neftlix through a Blu-ray player then it is directly from the TV App.

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Kind of funny there's some kind of networking-related firmware update, after all this time. I was thinking the other day, for some reason I can't recall precisely, but probably having to do with I'm getting ready to mount the ZT on the wall finally, that I don't really have any reason to keep the tv hooked up to wired ethernet since I never use it. There's still wi-fi in a pinch, right?

Anyhow every once in a while I run across an article of how some internet connected device or other can be hacked to gain access to your network. Perhaps it's something like that, just boosting the security a bit. (In reality I have no idea what has changed, but I suppose I'll go ahead and update the firmware before doing any disconnecting.)
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It's nice to see that we're getting some activity again on our ZT60 thread. For a few weeks there wasn't anything and I had to hang out over in the KURO threads! LOL!

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I feel like Neflix runs better through my PS4 then it does from my ZT60. Everything that I read states that it's better to watch Neftlix through a Blu-ray player then it is directly from the TV App.
I have never watch Netflix via the ZT APP - always through my Oppo 103D - also channels sound directly to AVR rather then relying on the ARC.
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That's odd. I have been using Netflix on my ZT for the last 3 years without any problems. I have been using wireless 5GHz, and I have no trouble streaming Netflix at 1080p with the highest Netflix bitrates. My internet is 60Mbps down, 4Mbps up.

Maybe an incompatibility, or setting, between you router and the TV?
I'm not losing any sleep. Issue is intermittent, and typically resolved by reloading the app. I'll get another Roku eventually...as soon as I can find more content on Netflix that I actually want to watch. I just found it odd that I started having this issue, which differs from the original resolution/bandwidth issue, and then new firmware is released.
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Yes, that's true. There are so many different ways to get Netflix, it is on so many devices now. I have it on my TV, Roku, satellite receiver, blu-ray player, and my Western Digital media player. I just have a soundbar, so for me, I don't see much difference no matter which device I use to watch Netflix. I usually just use the TV because it is slightly more convenient.
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No, the new software will not change any of your settings. I applied the new firmware last night, and as far as I can tell, I did not see any changes to my TV.
Well I did the 2885 Software Update last night and just like everyone else did not notice any changes to the TV. I at least expected a new Home Menu layout or something! LOL! Oh well at least Panasonic checked in on us to make sure we were all right. LOL!

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BTW, if anyone figures out what 'improve network functions' actually does, please let us know!
Well, it is technical, but it involves a coat hanger, and some aluminum foil . . .
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Well, it is technical, but it involves a coat hanger, and some aluminum foil . . .
LOL! My favorite line was when B T C over in the VT60 Thread said " I just installed it. Not sure what it was, but I think it was the Infinite Blacks update. I got some kind of message along the lines of "Kuros can't hang" afterwards."
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It dawned on me that I never posted pics of my setup in here, so I wanted to post a few
pics. 60zt60, Def tech mythos ssa 42 and pioneer elite bdp 80fd. On the other rack Ps4, darbee dvp 5100, pioneer elite SC 81 and supercube 2000 in the corner. I'm working on organizing the wires a little bit better.
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help me!power outage, i'm out too...

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After a power outage my ZT60 shows no signs of power or life. I replaced the power board and sub power board to no avail, any ideas?

There are no obvious signs of internal power burns.

edit: I just found the official Panasonic won't turn on thread. Seems I can send all boards for repair. I will await any other recommendations.
hi all -

i have a 65 inch zt, have had it for two years. bought it new from best buy. i have never had any problems with it. it is plugged into a surge protector (not a cheap one).

anyway, had a really bad storm here today. power never went out, but our house shook every time there was thunder/lightning. storm was on top of us. it was bad.

all my components plugged into my surge protector survived - save one. my zt will not power on. the red light on front of tv isn't even visible - even after unplugging tv and plugging back in, trying a different outlet, etc.

i am so pissed. i love this tv. anyone have any recommendations? should i try buying a replacement av cable?

i have squaretrade for this set - and they say they are ordering a new main board and power supply - but i fear they won't be able to actually order the parts due to part availability. anyone have any idea on whether or not repair shops/companies are still able to get parts for this set? or is it just ebay where parts for this set reside now?

and opticdroid, did you ever get any help from your post? curious if you ever had any luck....

should i order a replacement av cable to try for this? is it worth a shot?

anyone else have any suggestions? ready to tear my hair out....
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I contacted PTS electronics in regards to the set. They suggested the mainboard is the issue, based on no lights at all. I used shopjimmy for all other parts. The only available mainboard is over $500, unless I provide my old board as core part. My goal is to swap all internals and keep a spare set.

PTS can't repair the mainboard due to limited test setup. However, they can take all other boards.

I have yet to swap out anything other than power boards. The goal is to have a mainboard to only open it once more and create a backup set of parts.

The surge was via cable box. This took out ZT, PS4, and cable box.


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hi all -

i have a 65 inch zt, have had it for two years. bought it new from best buy. i have never had any problems with it. it is plugged into a surge protector (not a cheap one).

anyway, had a really bad storm here today. power never went out, but our house shook every time there was thunder/lightning. storm was on top of us. it was bad.

all my components plugged into my surge protector survived - save one. my zt will not power on. the red light on front of tv isn't even visible - even after unplugging tv and plugging back in, trying a different outlet, etc.

i am so pissed. i love this tv. anyone have any recommendations? should i try buying a replacement av cable?

i have squaretrade for this set - and they say they are ordering a new main board and power supply - but i fear they won't be able to actually order the parts due to part availability. anyone have any idea on whether or not repair shops/companies are still able to get parts for this set? or is it just ebay where parts for this set reside now?

and opticdroid, did you ever get any help from your post? curious if you ever had any luck....

should i order a replacement av cable to try for this? is it worth a shot?

anyone else have any suggestions? ready to tear my hair out....
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With all of these power surges frying the boards in the ZT60's it makes me have little faith in power surge protectors. I would be calling the power surge protection company for some kind of compensation. I mean seriously.......mine as well just unplug the tv's from these piece of crap surge protectors and just plug them directly into the wall. From what I've seen and all of these horrible stories that I've heard these surge protectors do nothing. New Main A Boards on shop jimmy run $169. There should be one over there.
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I contacted PTS electronics in regards to the set. They suggested the mainboard is the issue, based on no lights at all. I used shopjimmy for all other parts. The only available mainboard is over $500, unless I provide my old board as core part. My goal is to swap all internals and keep a spare set.

PTS can't repair the mainboard due to limited test setup. However, they can take all other boards.

I have yet to swap out anything other than power boards. The goal is to have a mainboard to only open it once more and create a backup set of parts.

The surge was via cable box. This took out ZT, PS4, and cable box.
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With all of these power surges frying the boards in the ZT60's it makes me have little faith in power surge protectors. I would be calling the power surge protection company for some kind of compensation. I mean seriously.......mine as well just unplug the tv's from these piece of crap surge protectors and just plug them directly into the wall. From what I've seen and all of these horrible stories that I've heard these surge protectors do nothing. New Main A Boards on shop jimmy run $169. There should be one over there.
so, with my squaretrade warranty, am i screwed in terms of them trying to order parts?will they be unable to do so?

anyome else with feedback/suggestions? freaking out here.
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I feel you my friend but don't panic. If you read from March on in this thread you will see 3-4 different storm situations where the storm fried the Main A Board and all of them were repaired and are up and running like new. You might have to wait a little bit for Shop Jimmy to get one back in but they will. Sometimes they're on eBay too!
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I feel you my friend but don't panic. If you read from March on in this thread you will see 3-4 different storm situations where the storm fried the Main A Board and all of them were repaired and are up and running like new. You might have to wait a little bit for Shop Jimmy to get one back in but they will. Sometimes they're on eBay too!
i understand what you're saying - but if squaretrade cant get them through their channels, then i'm screwed in terms of using my expensive warranty, and their servicers who would do the repair job. i am not in physical condition required to be able to do job myself (recovering from back surgery).
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I wouldn't panic just yet. Can't recall reading that legitimate repair places have had any trouble getting parts. (Has anyone?) Aside from the plasma panel itself of course. New parts are more expensive than used parts, so those without extended warranties are most likely trying to save money. (Or in my case just wanted to avoid the hassle of letting the Geeks have their way with my ZT if it could be done cheaply. I have another two years in case something more serious happens (blinking lights or not powering up at all).)
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I wouldn't panic just yet. Can't recall reading that legitimate repair places have had any trouble getting parts. (Has anyone?) Aside from the plasma panel itself of course. New parts are more expensive than used parts, so those without extended warranties are most likely trying to save money. (Or in my case just wanted to avoid the hassle of letting the Geeks have their way with my ZT if it could be done cheaply. I have another two years in case something more serious happens (blinking lights or not powering up at all).)
Exactly. Square Trade has been very good about finding replacement parts for the Plasma TV's. I'm pretty confident that they'll be able to help smail.nathan with a replacement board. If not they'll probably get him a new OLED. Not for sure but they've been awesome at getting people new TV's if they can't fix the damaged one.

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I know that this does not help "after the fact", but I got hit with a surge in 1999, and had to replace everything, so I go overboard now.

Here is what I have:

1. Whole house Surge Protector, had an electrician install it, bought it myself:
http://www.deltala.com/
I would list my products, but it might be better off to just call them.
Also, do a search on amazon, there are a lot of "whole house" surge protectors.

However, I believe all those surge protectors use MOV's (Metal Oxide Varisistor), and all MOV's will wear out over time.

I have three of these:
http://www.zerosurge.com/
One for my HT, one for my Computer, and one for my refrigerator.

Zerosurge is supposed to use different technology for suppressing surges, (not MOV's) and they say that a Zerosurge protector will never wear out it's surge protection, it is military grade. Go to their web site and read all about it. Do a search here, on names like ZeroSurge, Brickwall, SurgeX,
Surge Protectors ??? (Brickwall, Zero Surge, Furman, SurgeX, Etc.)

I am not "made of money", but I don't want to be hit by a surge ever again! My homeowner's insurance has a 1% deductible, so I will have to cover the first 2K or so of any damage, so it is "cheap insurance" for me. Zerosurge also makes an "audiophile" version, where they put 20A internal parts, that plug into a 15A outlet. It was a few bucks more when I bought it several years ago.

Then, the "pièce de résistance", I have three:
CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD PFC Sinewave UPS 1500VA 900W PFC Compatible Mini-Tower
one for the TV
one for the pre-amp-amp-dvd-sat-etc
one for my computer

I have no problems, I also have no "humming" problems, I can be reasonably sure that I am getting "clean" power to all my devices.

Oh, why the zerosurge on my Refrigerator? I paid almost 2K for my fridge, and that was an AWESOME price! I don't want to be replacing my fridge anytime soon either!

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I know that this does not help "after the fact", but I got hit with a surge in 1999, and had to replace everything, so I go overboard now.

Here is what I have:

1. Whole house Surge Protector, had an electrician install it, bought it myself:
http://www.deltala.com/
I would list my products, but it might be better off to just call them.
Also, do a search on amazon, there are a lot of "whole house" surge protectors.

However, I believe all those surge protectors use MOV's (Metal Oxide Varisistor), and all MOV's will wear out over time.

I have three of these:
http://www.zerosurge.com/
One for my HT, one for my Computer, and one for my refrigerator.

Zerosurge is supposed to use different technology for suppressing surges, (not MOV's) and they say that a Zerosurge protector will never wear out it's surge protection, it is military grade. Go to their web site and read all about it. Do a search here, on names like ZeroSurge, Brickwall, SurgeX,
Surge Protectors ??? (Brickwall, Zero Surge, Furman, SurgeX, Etc.)

I am not "made of money", but I don't want to be hit by a surge ever again! My homeowner's insurance has a 1% deductible, so I will have to cover the first 2K or so of any damage, so it is "cheap insurance" for me. Zerosurge also makes an "audiophile" version, where they put 20A internal parts, that plug into a 15A outlet. It was a few bucks more when I bought it several years ago.

Then, the "pièce de résistance", I have three:
CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD PFC Sinewave UPS 1500VA 900W PFC Compatible Mini-Tower
one for the TV
one for the pre-amp-amp-dvd-sat-etc
one for my computer

I have no problems, I also have no "humming" problems, I can be reasonably sure that I am getting "clean" power to all my devices.

Oh, why the zerosurge on my Refrigerator? I paid almost 2K for my fridge, and that was an AWESOME price! I don't want to be replacing my fridge anytime soon either!
Holy?! Well I definitely think you got your house pretty well protected! I've never heard of anything like this before. Very nice!

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That's odd. I have been using Netflix on my ZT for the last 3 years without any problems. I have been using wireless 5GHz, and I have no trouble streaming Netflix at 1080p with the highest Netflix bitrates. My internet is 60Mbps down, 4Mbps up.

Maybe an incompatibility, or setting, between you router and the TV?
Me too
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I wouldn't panic just yet. Can't recall reading that legitimate repair places have had any trouble getting parts. (Has anyone?) Aside from the plasma panel itself of course. New parts are more expensive than used parts, so those without extended warranties are most likely trying to save money. (Or in my case just wanted to avoid the hassle of letting the Geeks have their way with my ZT if it could be done cheaply. I have another two years in case something more serious happens (blinking lights or not powering up at all).)
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Exactly. Square Trade has been very good about finding replacement parts for the Plasma TV's. I'm pretty confident that they'll be able to help smail.nathan with a replacement board. If not they'll probably get him a new OLED. Not for sure but they've been awesome at getting people new TV's if they can't fix the damaged one.
well, if i wasn't panicking before, i am officially sick to my stomach now. i just got off the phone with squaretrade. they said the parts i need for my tv, according to their parts supplier, are on "indefinite/extended backorder", which means they have no idea when they might ever be back in stock, and squaretrade said their policy in those cases is to automatically switch it over to replacement.

i do not want a replacement. i am furious. and no, they didn't offer me an oled as the replacement, which i still honestly wouldn't even want, but its the only thing i'd be willing to consider. nope, they offered me a vizio 4k led. and no, not a fully backlit array set - not that i'd want any vizio.

seriously. i am sick to my stomach. i'm so upset.

i went to the site mentioned by one of the posters available - the "A" main board is there, but out of stock. problem is, it says its only for the 60 inch zt. mine is the 65 inch model. they don't even have one listed for the 65 inch thats even showing out of stock.

like i said, sick to my stomach.

someone, please help! any suggestions? i would be willing to order myself at this point. squaretrade said they wont pay/reimburse me for a board ordered from anyone else, nor will they pay for a servicer to come out and do the repair without their parts, which again, they won't get me parts since their policy is to not allow tv repairs when parts are listed as indefinite/extended backorder.
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Damn that sucks! Private message Lounger17. That dudes always buying and selling plasma tv's so he might have the 65" ZT60 Main A Board "UE". Shop jimmy just has it labeled incorrectly. If you click on the 60" board it's actually the UE board which is for the 65" ZT60. Keep checking other sites too.
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Damn that sucks! Private message Lounger17. That dudes always buying and selling plasma tv's so he might have the 65" ZT60 Main A Board "UE". Shop jimmy just has it labeled incorrectly. If you click on the 60" board it's actually the UE board which is for the 65" ZT60. Keep checking other sites too.
i will keep checking ebay - nothing so far though.

i'll pm lounger too.

what are these other sites you're referring to? any specific ones that would be good shots?

if the red light wont come on when the tv is plugged in (since the storm), is that definitely the main board (the main board "a" as some refer to)?

or could it be something else? from what i understand, if the power supply board had been fried, the tv wouldn't turn on, but the red light would be on the front of the tv. is that right?
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Badcaps.net has a bunch of tv repair guys on there that will be able to narrow the board that's causing the issue. I thought it was the main a board cuz that's what you said it might be? Sign up on that badcaps forum and you'll really get some technical info. Then if it's not the A board almost every other ZT60 board is for sale on eBay. I would get a tv technician to come out and take a look at it too if all else fails.
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Quick question, just something I was wondering... I have heard varying reports about whether or not the 9G Kuro ELITES are brighter than the ZT or vice versa. Mostly I have heard that the brightest Kuro's are definitely brighter than the ZT but it's not always consistent and I've heard a few contradictions. Can anybody clear up which one is brighter? In particular I am mainly talking about the 111FD vs. ZT in brightness but I would like to know about the Signature 101 as well.
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I know that this does not help "after the fact", but I got hit with a surge in 1999, and had to replace everything, so I go overboard now.

Here is what I have:

1. Whole house Surge Protector, had an electrician install it, bought it myself:
http://www.deltala.com/
I would list my products, but it might be better off to just call them.
Also, do a search on amazon, there are a lot of "whole house" surge protectors.

However, I believe all those surge protectors use MOV's (Metal Oxide Varisistor), and all MOV's will wear out over time.

I have three of these:
http://www.zerosurge.com/
One for my HT, one for my Computer, and one for my refrigerator.

Zerosurge is supposed to use different technology for suppressing surges, (not MOV's) and they say that a Zerosurge protector will never wear out it's surge protection, it is military grade. Go to their web site and read all about it. Do a search here, on names like ZeroSurge, Brickwall, SurgeX,
Surge Protectors ??? (Brickwall, Zero Surge, Furman, SurgeX, Etc.)

I am not "made of money", but I don't want to be hit by a surge ever again! My homeowner's insurance has a 1% deductible, so I will have to cover the first 2K or so of any damage, so it is "cheap insurance" for me. Zerosurge also makes an "audiophile" version, where they put 20A internal parts, that plug into a 15A outlet. It was a few bucks more when I bought it several years ago.

Then, the "pièce de résistance", I have three:
CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD PFC Sinewave UPS 1500VA 900W PFC Compatible Mini-Tower
one for the TV
one for the pre-amp-amp-dvd-sat-etc
one for my computer

I have no problems, I also have no "humming" problems, I can be reasonably sure that I am getting "clean" power to all my devices.

Oh, why the zerosurge on my Refrigerator? I paid almost 2K for my fridge, and that was an AWESOME price! I don't want to be replacing my fridge anytime soon either!
Those Zero Surge suppressors look like they are well built. Recommend a whole house surge as well. Having a whole house surge protector plus individual surge protectors on your electronics is the way to protect your equipment. And like he said, don't forget your refrigerator, microwave, and etc. I've been hit hard by lightening twice when I've had a whole house surge and had only limited damage in one (came in via telephone cable which knocked out all the telephone outlets but one) and none the second time. You can get whole house surges protectors on Amazon and have an electrician install it or your can install it yourself. But since you install it at the main electrical panel, know what your doing and install it on the first fuse where the electrically line enters the box. Don't by the cheapest whole house surge protector you can find. Buy quality, like Square D. Make sure you include the cable and phone on your surge protectors since a whole house surge protector doesn't cover those items (only electric lines at the main box). For even more protection, consider installing a surge suppressor on the outside meter.
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I'm not sure which is brighter? The ZT60 or the 9G / 9.5G Kuro's? These things are so close in black levels and bright colors that its really hard to say. Only way to really tell is to put them side but side for comparing and contrasting. I will say this as its been proven for sure.......the Samsung PN64f8500 has the brightest pdp out of all of them.
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