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post #2251 of 4169
Really, I've used the DVD hack before on Panasonic players, not on the x20, and it has worked on NTSC discs. Others have used it on the 500 (same gen) successfully. Others have said they have used the second hack (Ti-triodes)on BDs. That I have not tried. There has been no one on this forum that has disputed any of these posters' claims.

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post #2252 of 4169
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Originally Posted by antivirus View Post

I'm sorry, but you still don't have any idea what you are talking about.
If you don't know if something and how something works, you should simply stay quiet.
Japan for example is part of DVD region 2 and uses NTSC but all the other members of DVD region 2 (Europe, UK, etc) are using PAL ...
Again: Please stop confusing people with false statements until you know what you are talking about...

Enough. Change your tone and conduct in addressing fellow members
post #2253 of 4169
I'm sure there is a simple answer to this but I need HELP!

I downloaded Twonky so I could get my iTunes library streamed to my HT and I can access it through my BD500 but all the tracks are grayed out and wont play, even the ones that have been ripped from a CD. Any help would be much appreciated, I'm not all that interested in videos at this time just want to have access to my iTunes library for music.
post #2254 of 4169
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Originally Posted by General Kenobi View Post

I'm sure there is a simple answer to this but I need HELP!
I downloaded Twonky so I could get my iTunes library streamed to my HT and I can access it through my BD500 but all the tracks are grayed out and wont play, even the ones that have been ripped from a CD. Any help would be much appreciated, I'm not all that interested in videos at this time just want to have access to my iTunes library for music.
Panasonics don't support Apple file types. They need to be transcoded into mp3s.

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post #2255 of 4169
Hi - new to this forum -

Have searched thread as much as possible but 75 pages! Hoping someone can answer my DLNA query...

Have the BDT120 (same as 220 but no wifi) connected to LAN. I have a few issues with playing video from my Buffalo NAS (seperate issue for now), but it sees and plays content on my main PC OK - at least avi and mp4 it does anyway. I've ripped content with 5.1 from BD, picture is great, but I only get stereo sound. Have checked file properties and there are definately 6 channels of audio.

Does anyone know if this is this all I will get or is there a different format to use or setting in the player anywhere?

Thanks for any replies.
post #2256 of 4169
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Originally Posted by teachsac View Post

Panasonics don't support Apple file types. They need to be transcoded into mp3s.
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So much for the easy answer... that freakin sucks! Guess I'll have to get an AppleTV to handle this stuff with any ease. Thanks for the response.
post #2257 of 4169
A little over a week and very happy with my BDT500.

I had the sony bdp-s790 for a week before getting the panasonic, and thought it was excellent as a streaming device, but no so much as a blu-ray player because of its built quality. The drive mechanism was just far too noisy for me: could hear the BD spinning 15 feet away from the device while watching a movie.

While not completely silent, I certainly cannot hear the BDT500 spinning from afar. It just seems more solid than the sony, with metal base and sturdier plastic. Now, it's not as fast as the sony when navigating the menus or even loading discs, prob because its CPU is single core.

So, for me, the Sony BDP-S790 is the better streamer, while the DBT500 is the better blu-ray (and DVD) player.

BTW, not sure the BDT500 thread is still alive - shouldn't it be merged with this one?
post #2258 of 4169
I've had both the Panasonic 500 and a Sony 790 in my system and they were both very quiet when playing discs. If you have any player that you can hear 15 ft away when it's playing movies(not during disc access) then you have a defective player. I thought both players had an excellent picture but the 500's DLNA playback was really lacking as far as formats available.
post #2259 of 4169
Anybody else experience a problem connecting to Netflix right now? I am able to stream Netflix content successfully from my children's Wii and Xbox 360 from the same network. Never had a problem with the Panny until right now. It is hard-wired. Any ideas?
post #2260 of 4169
Ive had the Sony S-390,S-590 and currently own the S-790.My brother just purchased the Panny 500 and I wanted to do a little comparison in PQ and Audio quality.From what Ive gathered,yes,the Sony is quicker all around,the PQ in streaming Netflix is crisper on the Panny,watching BD and DVD seems to be the same PQ between the 2,Although I think 3D HD is much better on the Panny,3D effect is more noticable.IM curious,does the S790 have 3D HD?what do you guys think as far as comparison???????
post #2261 of 4169
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Originally Posted by jroptop View Post

Ive had the Sony S-390,S-590 and currently own the S-790.My brother just purchased the Panny 500 and I wanted to do a little comparison in PQ and Audio quality.From what Ive gathered,yes,the Sony is quicker all around,the PQ in streaming Netflix is crisper on the Panny,watching BD and DVD seems to be the same PQ between the 2,Although I think 3D HD is much better on the Panny,3D effect is more noticable.IM curious,does the S790 have 3D HD?what do you guys think as far as comparison???????
I prefer the Panasonic for 3D over the S790. The Panasonics are also a little faster loading and starting up. I prefer the UI of the Panasonic, also. I prefer thge app streaming and DLNA streaming of the Sony. For BD a wash, but I prefer the Panasonic for DVD.

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post #2262 of 4169
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Originally Posted by **OptimusPrime** View Post

Anybody else experience a problem connecting to Netflix right now? I am able to stream Netflix content successfully from my children's Wii and Xbox 360 from the same network. Never had a problem with the Panny until right now. It is hard-wired. Any ideas?

Perform a factory reset as per the manual, and re register with Netflix. I had the same issue until i did the reset.
post #2263 of 4169
Thanks.
I was able to use the remote code for a Netflix deactivation and that worked. Nothing wrong with the player.
post #2264 of 4169
I'm thinking about buying a BDT220 solely for the FLAC capabilites. Can i buy a 32gb SD card and load it with FLACs and play from the BDT220 ? or using a concelead USB drive at the back ? I actually do have FLAC capability with my receiver RX-A2010, but in order to play flac directly i need to have the flap down to access the usb input.. Which i'd rather not do.

I know i can stream using a media server, but i like the idea of directly playing from an SD Card or USB and having a decent amount of lossless albums at hand, nice and flush, & well hidden. USB at the front will not work for me.
Edited by thedoc46 - 9/8/12 at 4:29pm
post #2265 of 4169
Do you like the 3D of the Panny due to the better 3D effect(objects popping out etc...) over the Sony and the HD quality of 3D?Im debating wether to trade in my Sony for the Panny 500.I do mostly streaming Netflix and occassional BD.The PQ while netstreaming is better on the Panny in my opinion.Any suggestions????
post #2266 of 4169
I did an informal "test" of disc start up times: sony 590 vs. panny 220. The panny was faster, but only barely so.

I saw some test data earlier which suggests that disc start up speeds are 2X as fast on the panny as the sony? That is certainly not my experience. Has anyone else done this type of informal testing comparison, with the players mentioned?
post #2267 of 4169
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Originally Posted by johncourt View Post

I did an informal "test" of disc start up times: sony 590 vs. panny 220. The panny was faster, but only barely so.
I saw some test data earlier which suggests that disc start up speeds are 2X as fast on the panny as the sony? That is certainly not my experience. Has anyone else done this type of informal testing comparison, with the players mentioned?
It's always possible with the quick start settings on in one and off in the other. Power on is significantly faster on the Panasonic in my experience. As for disc starting, the Panasonic is also faster, but only by a few seconds.

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post #2268 of 4169
Kris Deering did a review of the DMP-BDT220 in the last print issue of Home Theater Magazine.
post #2269 of 4169
I've had the same Netflix issue with the Panasonic DMP-BDT220. Firmware 1.39, I owned the unit for 3 months, then suddenly it would not connect to Netflix. It would connect to other online services, and the unit passed it's self-checks as far as Internet connection, etc.

I did the factory reset from page 31 after reading about it here, and so far the unit is working again, after my having to re-enter all Netflix related info.

I did previously talk to Netflix, and they had me deactivate the device, to no avail...they had referred me to Comcast. Netflix did and does stream fine to my laptop, just not to the Panasonic unit. Netflix did not have any recorded issues with this player, but have said they'd check into it. I also reported back to them the fix for the situation, so hopefully they can help someone else with it.

There are a substantial number of people on Amazon complaining about the same issue as well.
post #2270 of 4169
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Originally Posted by johncourt View Post

I did an informal "test" of disc start up times: sony 590 vs. panny 220. The panny was faster, but only barely so.
I saw some test data earlier which suggests that disc start up speeds are 2X as fast on the panny as the sony? That is certainly not my experience. Has anyone else done this type of informal testing comparison, with the players mentioned?
I tested the S390 versus the BDT220 and found that the Panasonic was always faster loading, but by how much depended on the disc. It was significantly faster loading something, but I can't remember what. I'm an impatient person and every little bit of speed matters to me biggrin.gif.
post #2271 of 4169
I'm planning to buy the BDT220 but i have a question regarding the output settings. I know this will sound weird but is it possible to ouput the video throught HDMI and the audio using the RCA connector ? This is something i can do with my PS3 and it's really useful for me because i sometime use headphone when watching DVD and since my TV does not have any headphone output i'm using my audio amplifier.

Thanks,
post #2272 of 4169
New firmware out, 1.47, up from 1.39; I'm installing it on my BDT220 now. The release notes say simply "Netflix connectivity", so maybe it addresses the problem that keeps getting reported lately.

EDIT: No changes immediately visible. I was hoping for some new features in the Amazon player (digital 5.1 and/or Watchlist support) but no such luck. frown.gif.
post #2273 of 4169
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Originally Posted by Sianspheric View Post

I know this will sound weird but is it possible to ouput the video throught HDMI and the audio using the RCA connector ?
Yes. From page 26:

Downmix
Select the downmix system of multi-channel to 2-channel sound.
≥ Select “Surround encoded”, when the connected equipment supports the virtual surround function.
≥ There is no effect on “Bitstream” via HDMI AV OUT and DIGITAL AUDIO OUT.
≥ The audio will be output in “Stereo” in the following cases:
– AVCHD playback
– Playback of secondary audio (including the button click sound).
post #2274 of 4169
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Originally Posted by michaeltscott View Post

EDIT: No changes immediately visible. I was hoping for some new features in the Amazon player (digital 5.1 and/or Watchlist support) but no such luck. frown.gif.

Well shucks, I too was hopeful the Watch List would be added.
post #2275 of 4169
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Originally Posted by jetandy View Post

Hi - new to this forum -
Have searched thread as much as possible but 75 pages! Hoping someone can answer my DLNA query...
Have the BDT120 (same as 220 but no wifi) connected to LAN. I have a few issues with playing video from my Buffalo NAS (seperate issue for now), but it sees and plays content on my main PC OK - at least avi and mp4 it does anyway. I've ripped content with 5.1 from BD, picture is great, but I only get stereo sound. Have checked file properties and there are definately 6 channels of audio.
Does anyone know if this is this all I will get or is there a different format to use or setting in the player anywhere?
Thanks for any replies.

Hi, jetandy!

May I ask you about your bd120 and Buffalo NAS compatibility?

I havePanasonic bdt120 too and want to buy NAS for playback mp4 1080p\50 files from my camcorder.

What issues have you with your NAS and BD?

What model of Buffalo you use?

Thank you!
post #2276 of 4169
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Originally Posted by Wendell R. Breland View Post

Yes. From page 26:
Downmix
Select the downmix system of multi-channel to 2-channel sound.
≥ Select “Surround encoded”, when the connected equipment supports the virtual surround function.
≥ There is no effect on “Bitstream” via HDMI AV OUT and DIGITAL AUDIO OUT.
≥ The audio will be output in “Stereo” in the following cases:
– AVCHD playback
– Playback of secondary audio (including the button click sound).

Thanks !
post #2277 of 4169
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Originally Posted by myg View Post

Hi, jetandy!
May I ask you about your bd120 and Buffalo NAS compatibility?
I havePanasonic bdt120 too and want to buy NAS for playback mp4 1080p\50 files from my camcorder.
What issues have you with your NAS and BD?
What model of Buffalo you use?
Thank you!

Hi myg

I have the Linkstation Pro LS 2.0VTL. I use it with the BDT120 (downstairs into 50" Panny Plasma) as well as a Samsung Smart TV (updtairs). Samsung plays some video that the Panny won't, but there is a firmware update just been released for the Buffalo that I haven't got around to trying yet. Only just got the 120 so still experimenting a bit. Both on gigabit LAN rather than wifi.

The Buffalo is great otherwise, went for it because for the money it was had about the fastest data transfer rate.
post #2278 of 4169
Hi new BDT500 owner. I've had it about a week. It was terrific playing audio CD and DVD, but I just bought my first blu-ray disc (Red Riding Hood with alternate ending, for $15 at Wallmart)... and .... wow this just blows.

When I put the disc in it said "connecting to network" for a few seconds, and then this spinning disc icon appeared in the middle of the screen.

It sat like that for what seemed like eternity before coming on. I've never seen something quite so annoying. I was worried that either the disc or my machine was bad.

Then I watched about 30 minutes of the movie before I stopped to swith over to football on TV.

When I went to fire back up the blu-ray player a few hours later, it went through the same slow boot process, and then DID NOT pick up where I left off... took me straight to the previews.

Is this normal blu-ray disc player behavior (this is my first blu-ray player)? A function a peculiar disc? A broken unit? A bad model?

I'm not sure whether to return the player. I might bring the disc to best buy and see how long it takes to load up on some other players.

Anyway - I just mainly want to know whether super long disc load times are par for the course with blu-ray players in general, or panasonic players?
post #2279 of 4169
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Originally Posted by dozer95667 View Post

Hi new BDT500 owner. I've had it about a week. It was terrific playing audio CD and DVD, but I just bought my first blu-ray disc (Red Riding Hood with alternate ending, for $15 at Wallmart)... and .... wow this just blows.
When I put the disc in it said "connecting to network" for a few seconds, and then this spinning disc icon appeared in the middle of the screen.
It sat like that for what seemed like eternity before coming on. I've never seen something quite so annoying. I was worried that either the disc or my machine was bad.
Then I watched about 30 minutes of the movie before I stopped to swith over to football on TV.
When I went to fire back up the blu-ray player a few hours later, it went through the same slow boot process, and then DID NOT pick up where I left off... took me straight to the previews.
Is this normal blu-ray disc player behavior (this is my first blu-ray player)? A function a peculiar disc? A broken unit? A bad model?
I'm not sure whether to return the player. I might bring the disc to best buy and see how long it takes to load up on some other players.
Anyway - I just mainly want to know whether super long disc load times are par for the course with blu-ray players in general, or panasonic players?
Sounds pretty normal. Depending on the disc it may or may not resume. Also blu rays do not load as fast as dvds. If you aren't going to use the internet features of bd live, disable this in setup as it should speed up load times. Did you upgrade the firmware? Start there. New version 1.47 was just releas ed in the last few days I believe. Let us know how you make out.
post #2280 of 4169
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by dozer95667 View Post

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Then I watched about 30 minutes of the movie before I stopped to swith over to football on TV.
When I went to fire back up the blu-ray player a few hours later, it went through the same slow boot process, and then DID NOT pick up where I left off... took me straight to the previews.
Is this normal blu-ray disc player behavior (this is my first blu-ray player)? A function a peculiar disc? A broken unit? A bad model?
...
Anyway - I just mainly want to know whether super long disc load times are par for the course with blu-ray players in general, or panasonic players?

Yes, BD load times much slower than DVD but it's worth it to me. As far as stopping and resuming from where you left off, I've found that if you just turn off the BD player without pressing "Stop" first, then it will continue where you left off. At least it works for me on both BD and DVD Panasonic players.
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