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post #61 of 3227
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Originally Posted by winston9332 View Post

Have any of you 85 owners noticed the fluctuating brightness on dvds?
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...7#post18263317
Pretty pronounced on the 65.

Unless I'm flat out missing it, I don't think I've seen anyone comment on this yet with the 85. It doesn't mean it isn't happening but until we get feedback, I'm not going for this player.
post #62 of 3227
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Originally Posted by robertc88 View Post

Unless I'm flat out missing it, I don't think I've seen anyone comment on this yet with the 85. It doesn't mean it isn't happening but until we get feedback, I'm not going for this player.

I've only tried a couple of DVDs (The Matrix and Finding Nemo) and I didn't notice any light fluctuations on my Panasonic DMP-BD85 but I will also add that I only watched about 15 minutes of each just for testing.
post #63 of 3227
Hi all,

I tried to register/activate DivX with a usb thumb drive (using the activation clip created on the PC) last night. However, I got the error "Cannot play protected DivX video through USB drive", or some thing similar.

Any ideas on what might have cause this?

The BD80 that I got a few weeks ago was able to play DivX files through USB drive just fine.

Thanks in advance!
Frank.
post #64 of 3227
My guess is that it depends on the source of the divx files. My Philips DVD player that plays divx has this option. This was supposed to be so you could purchase Divx movies (not Circuit City versions) and play them back on the setup box. Sort of a form of DRM.
post #65 of 3227
Does anyone know if the BD85 plays SACDs? I see it has analog outputs but haven't been able to find anything about reading SACD media.
post #66 of 3227
Negative, lemmy5. I still have my Denon DVD2200 on the rack for that purpose.
post #67 of 3227
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Originally Posted by scoutermac View Post

My guess is that it depends on the source of the divx files. My Philips DVD player that plays divx has this option. This was supposed to be so you could purchase Divx movies (not Circuit City versions) and play them back on the setup box. Sort of a form of DRM.

The manual does not seem to indicate any restrictions on this (playing Divx files on USB drive), though. If it is, then it's a major minus comparing to its predecessor.
post #68 of 3227
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Originally Posted by sjcruiser View Post

The manual does not seem to indicate any restrictions on this (playing Divx files on USB drive), though. If it is, then it's a major minus comparing to its predecessor.

I should have been clearer. The restriction was not USB based. It was that some Divx files had a sort of DRM like protection. It was to ensure you did not pass the file around to others. It was an option the author could add to the file.
post #69 of 3227
Update time. I just returned the BD85 for the Sony BDP-S570. Been playing around with it for a few hours. Long story short;
I think the Panny was pushed out to market before having all it's ducks in a row. I'm currently watching "Gamer" on the Sony
through Amazon VOD and there has been not one pause, stutter or reload of any kind. Netflix has also been without issues.

Every BD I've thrown at it loads almost unbelievably fast. The navigation controls while watching a BD are lightning quick.
It's like DVD speed once you're in the movie. I put "UP" in the tray, and it loaded way faster
than the Panny. PQ of BD looks better to me as well. Haven't tried standard DVD yet.

Summary, the Sony flies, has great picture quality, and the wireless network stability is, so far, superlative.
The Panny is laggy, sluggish, BD picture quality is good, but wireless network stability is very suspect.
I am aware that it's possible I got a bad unit, but this is my experience.
Thanks so much to everyone in this thread for all the input and feedback. Good luck!
post #70 of 3227
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Originally Posted by atye View Post

Update time. I just returned the BD85 for the Sony BDP-S570. Been playing around with it for a few hours. Long story short;
I think the Panny was pushed out to market before having all it's ducks in a row. I'm currently watching "Gamer" on the Sony
through Amazon VOD and there has been not one pause, stutter or reload of any kind. Netflix has also been without issues.

Every BD I've thrown at it loads almost unbelievably fast. The navigation controls while watching a BD are lightning quick.
It's like DVD speed once you're in the movie. I put "UP" in the tray, and it loaded way faster
than the Panny. PQ of BD looks better to me as well. Haven't tried standard DVD yet.

Summary, the Sony flies, has great picture quality, and the wireless network stability is, so far, superlative.
The Panny is laggy, sluggish, BD picture quality is good, but wireless network stability is very suspect.
I am aware that it's possible I got a bad unit, but this is my experience.
Thanks so much to everyone in this thread for all the input and feedback. Good luck!

So the only downside I see is that the Sony BDP-S570 does not have an SD card slot nor does it support Divx.
post #71 of 3227
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Originally Posted by scoutermac View Post

I should have been clearer. The restriction was not USB based. It was that some Divx files had a sort of DRM like protection. It was to ensure you did not pass the file around to others. It was an option the author could add to the file.

So what does one need to do to watch *.divx movies on other players besides the PC? Write it to a DVD?
post #72 of 3227
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Originally Posted by sjcruiser View Post

So what does one need to do to watch *.divx movies on other players besides the PC? Write it to a DVD?

Yes you can burn it to a CD or DVD. Worked very well on my old Philips. Just isn't in HD nor does it upscale.
post #73 of 3227
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Originally Posted by scoutermac View Post

So the only downside I see is that the Sony BDP-S570 does not have an SD card slot nor does it support Divx.

If you refer to the sd card slot for BD-live, the Sony has 1gb built in storage.
I actually think the sd card is becoming a bit of a dinosaur for these purposes.
BTW, the Sony did play those .mkv files you referred me to on a cd. Full 1080p.
post #74 of 3227
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Originally Posted by atye View Post

If you refer to the sd card slot for BD-live, the Sony has 1gb built in storage.
I actually think the sd card is becoming a bit of a dinosaur for these purposes.
BTW, the Sony did play those .mkv files you referred me to on a cd. Full 1080p.

that is interesting. would it play the .avi files?
post #75 of 3227
Got mine in today, here are some speed tests vs the BD35 and some pics. It also only took me 15 minutes to install and setup on the internet wirelessly. I am about 50ft from router and thru a wall, and the BD85 has full SS.

Speed report

BD35--BD85 (in seconds)

Time from OFF to tray open, by pressing open button when unit is off:

21--3

Time to get to where you can select PLAY in final menu, starting with tray open:


Transformers 82--75

2012 131--114

Iron Man 101--87

Starts up 18 seconds quicker

7 seconds faster on movie without bd live request

Other two had bdlive, and there was a larger gap, so it loads net enabled discs 15 or so seconds faster

Avg of 25-30 seconds gained between 35 and 85, is my guestimation.

When you are watching a flick, or at the main menu and hit open, the 85 releases the disc much faster than the 35 (several seconds)


HD Personal weather


Net Screen


Nflix Screen


Rubber feet


Boring same ol panny remote and wireless dongle
post #76 of 3227
Just for those who are interested in comparisons, I can also confirm that the BD85 is faster than the 35, since I have a 35.
But the 85 isn't even close to as fast as the Sony S570.
Also, the home screen and widgets on the Panny have serious lag most of the time, and the Sony is quick and smooth.

Please don't think I'm bashing here. I really wanted to just get a player that did everything advertised. If that had been the Panny
I'd be grateful because I had to go back and return it, which as most of you know is a pita.
post #77 of 3227
While I do not know about the Sony speed, I do know that I have not seen any lag on the widgets. Wonder if their access has anything to do with your network setup? Mine zip along, and netflix is fast.

Main reason I keep coming back to Panny players is their reliability, especially with FW updates. They just play everything you throw at em. I wasnt so lucky with Pioneer or Samsung.
post #78 of 3227
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Originally Posted by ElwayLite View Post

While I do not know about the Sony speed, I do know that I have not seen any lag on the widgets. Wonder if their access has anything to do with your network setup? Mine zip along, and netflix is fast.

Interesting. Are you hooked up to wireless?
post #79 of 3227
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Originally Posted by atye View Post

Interesting. Are you hooked up to wireless?

atye,

maybe you got a bad Panasonic box. Also did you install firmware updates? I have read that there were some fixes. Just not sure what all they did.
post #80 of 3227
Mine was built in Jan and there was no FW update available. Had they already released one?

I am on wireless, to a DSL router about 50ft away. Have full bars on signal. I assume when you click a widget, it has to access the network HSI, so maybe your delay was in there? Dunno.
post #81 of 3227
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Originally Posted by ElwayLite View Post

Mine was built in Jan and there was no FW update available. Had they already released one?

I am on wireless, to a DSL router about 50ft away. Have full bars on signal. I assume when you click a widget, it has to access the network HSI, so maybe your delay was in there? Dunno.

I remember reading something that there was a firmware update that had to be installed. Not sure when it was released though. There was a feature that out of the box was not enabled unless you install the update.
post #82 of 3227
I installed the latest Panasonic firmware right out of the box on the 85.
I also had a full 5 bar signal at all times.

ElwayLite, could you try streaming an HD movie from Amazon VOD over wireless?
I had few issues with Netflix, but Amazon was terrible.

Thanks!
post #83 of 3227
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Originally Posted by atye View Post

Just for those who are interested in comparisons, I can also confirm that the BD85 is faster than the 35, since I have a 35.
But the 85 isn't even close to as fast as the Sony S570.
Also, the home screen and widgets on the Panny have serious lag most of the time, and the Sony is quick and smooth.

Please don't think I'm bashing here. I really wanted to just get a player that did everything advertised. If that had been the Panny
I'd be grateful because I had to go back and return it, which as most of you know is a pita.

I had the Sony S570 & I didnt think it was as fast as the BD85
post #84 of 3227
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Originally Posted by tboo View Post

I had the Sony S570 & I didnt think it was as fast as the BD85

Hope yet! I should have my own 85 later this weekend - I'll report back. Upgrading over the Panny 35 (which stopped playing BDs though it still spins CDs and DVDs)...
post #85 of 3227
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Originally Posted by ElwayLite View Post


Speed report

BD35--BD85 (in seconds)

Time from OFF to tray open, by pressing open button when unit is off:

21--3

Time to get to where you can select PLAY in final menu, starting with tray open:


Transformers 82--75

2012 131--114

Iron Man 101--87

I thought I would take a shot at these power on and loading times as well. I don't have 2012 but here are the other results.

Time from OFF to tray open, by pressing open button when unit is off:

21--3

Sony S570 - 2 seconds

Time to get to where you can select PLAY in final menu, starting with tray open:

Transformers 82--75

Sony S570 - 60 seconds including loading BD live content.

Iron Man 101--87

Sony S570 - 55 seconds
post #86 of 3227
Looks like Sony did a good job at speed. Im glad this gen actually sped up, the last two years has been slooooooooooow.
post #87 of 3227
I tried out youtube and about 5 minutes of Hurt Locker HD and did not have any problems.
post #88 of 3227
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Originally Posted by ElwayLite View Post

I tried out youtube and about 5 minutes of Hurt Locker HD and did not have any problems.

Cool. What kinds of speeds are you averaging over wireless?
post #89 of 3227
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Originally Posted by scoutermac View Post

So the only downside I see is that the Sony BDP-S570 does not have an SD card slot nor does it support Divx.

Quote:
Originally Posted by atye View Post

If you refer to the sd card slot for BD-live, the Sony has 1gb built in storage.
I actually think the sd card is becoming a bit of a dinosaur for these purposes.
BTW, the Sony did play those .mkv files you referred me to on a cd. Full 1080p.

Just a quick comment, for $10 you can get a tiny usb dongle and throw a cheap 4,8,16gb microsd card in it for ~$5-$30.

For myself, divx/divxHD will be handled with xb360/htpc until dlna is implemented in the sony. I was really hoping by now someone would have prefected a "do everything" player. Seems like they all have 1 or 2 shortcomings.
post #90 of 3227
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Originally Posted by amazon13 View Post

Does anyone know if BBC Life,UK edition is playable on Panasonic DMP-BD65/85?
Thanks

It does play 50i BD discs, although the manual states the opposite. It was also confirmed on the status bar, that it reads 1080/50i on the disc, and outputs it as 1080/50p. You will need a 50hz compatible TV/projector though.
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