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post #2851 of 4171
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Originally Posted by bd2003 View Post

Ended up getting the 220 and disconnecting it for return almost immediately.
My TV, a 2 year old panny plasma....has better file format support. The 220 didn't even work over DLNA, I had to manually connect to a network drive. Even then, maybe 30% of the files actually played.
I was looking forward to 24p Netflix, and while it does work....the interface is so maddeningly slow that I'll simply never use it. Slower than the TV itself...way, way slower than the PS3.
It played BDs and DVDs well....but so does my PS3.
I guess it was wishful thinking that a newer Bluray unit would have top of the line support for discs, local media and streaming services. Everything else but the discs is an absolute afterthought.


Cannot complain.
Get 2 220s.

One connected to 6 year old 55" Samsung with Samsung sound bar.
Plays Pandora and local content and I use for Skype.

Second one connected to 70" Sharp/A/V receiver.
Used for local content and Netflix/Vudu.

Local connection - Wireless N with Apple Airport and Apple express as an extender.
Cloud connection AT&T Uverse Max (24 mgbs promised 17-22 mgbs real)
post #2852 of 4171
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Originally Posted by Bigll1 View Post

Cannot complain.
Get 2 220s.
One connected to 6 year old 55" Samsung with Samsung sound bar.
Plays Pandora and local content and I use for Skype.
Second one connected to 70" Sharp/A/V receiver.
Used for local content and Netflix/Vudu.
Local connection - Wireless N with Apple Airport and Apple express as an extender.
Cloud connection AT&T Uverse Max (24 mgbs promised 17-22 mgbs real)

Yeah, I mean don't get me wrong. It depends on what you're coming from. I have a PS3 and Smart TV so I have basically everything covered already. I just wanted something that could do everything a little better, and the 220 couldn't. But if all you have is a bare TV, it'll fit the bill for a lot less than a PS3.
post #2853 of 4171
I was able to try streaming some mkv and mp4 files from the PC today to my 220. It only plays in stereo. I'm sure the audio files have a 5.1 track. Any fix for this?
post #2854 of 4171
The DMP-BDT220 is a bit clunky as you navigate the Netflix UI and it is slow but not unusable, that said it streams Netflix really well and the quality is excellent. Vudu HDX and Amazon HD work equally well. Bluray playback is excellent... For the price it's a great unit for bluray playback, Netflix 1080p, vudu HDX, amazon hd and you can toggle 24P on the streams which is a good feature that you don't usually get with streaming content other than VUDU. I have a new Panny VT50 Plasma and the Netflix app on that is really fast compared to the 220. If great picture quality is what you're after then take a look at the 220 biggrin.gif
post #2855 of 4171
It was really the local media/DLNA support that absolutely killed it for me. I could tolerate the slow Netflix for the 24p. But I could barely get any mkvs to play, and when I could....no 24p support. And that was the dealbreaker.

I don't think you can find anything else at $99 that can do it all including bluray though....I guess you get what you pay for.
post #2856 of 4171
^^^ I have the BD65 and am looking at the BDT220 to upgrade for basically the same features/use. I am tired of waiting for my BD65 to load BD's. It seems painfully slow (I had the BD35 and THAT was SLOW! but seems that this is faster, but in terms of speed to load a BD, its slow. Especially when I hit the wrong button and have to load the BD again...Ugh! I hate having to watch that circle loading icon, and then go through the DAMN previews again...I know I can hit the Skip >>> button, but still, its slow)...Will the BDT220 be faster in this regard?
post #2857 of 4171
Yes, the 220 is one of the faster players for loading BluRay discs.
post #2858 of 4171
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by naustin View Post

Are there any hacks or settings to make this Panny Region-free? I'd like to play Region 2 Blu-rays. Thanks.

Do you mean Region B blu-ray disks? Regions 1 - 8 are for DVDs and Region A, B, and C are for blu-rays. I'm not aware of any but I'm sure if you google, you might find something?
post #2859 of 4171
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Originally Posted by kezug View Post

Will the BDT220 be faster in this regard?

I went from a BD65 to the 220 and although I never actually timed the load times for either player, the 220 loaded BD's much quicker. I would consider the difference night and day between the two players as far as load times go.
post #2860 of 4171
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Originally Posted by lujan View Post

Do you mean Region B blu-ray disks? Regions 1 - 8 are for DVDs and Region A, B, and C are for blu-rays. I'm not aware of any but I'm sure if you google, you might find something?
Sorry I meant Region B. I did find this earlier in this thread:
"I did the following:

STOP
1
(wait for 1 to start blinking)
1
ENTER

This starts playing the out of region bluray starts into the movie automatically."

Has anybody had success with this? I'd like to know BEFORE I buy & open any new Region B disks.
post #2861 of 4171
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Originally Posted by Tom Pich View Post

I went from a BD65 to the 220 and although I never actually timed the load times for either player, the 220 loaded BD's much quicker. I would consider the difference night and day between the two players as far as load times go.

Thanks...this alone has me sold!
post #2862 of 4171
Hi,
Can anyone help with a problem I have with my DMP BDT220? When powering up, it sits, stuck with "Hello" on the display. Its completely unresponsive. I have tried turning it off and on again, and it got stuck on "please wait" for 24 hours. I then tried a factory default reset, and now it is stuck at "Hello" again. Is there anything else I can do with it? Is there a way to force eject the disk at least?

Thanks.
post #2863 of 4171
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Originally Posted by bd2003 View Post

Yeah, I mean don't get me wrong. It depends on what you're coming from. I have a PS3 and Smart TV so I have basically everything covered already. I just wanted something that could do everything a little better, and the 220 couldn't. But if all you have is a bare TV, it'll fit the bill for a lot less than a PS3.


I was stuck in the same position. I had a PlayStation 3 but we moved it to my son's room, which left a DLNA void in my living room. I went back and forth between buying a dedicated streamer (like WD Live) or a new BD player. I figured I'd buy a new DB player and it would save me an additional thing to plug in the wall and the TV. I bought the BDT220 figuring it could do it all. It can, for the most part, but it's a little clunky.

Now, I don't stream at all: No Netflix/Vudu/MKV/whatever, but looking at family pictures through DLNA is important for me. It can do DLNA, but it seems a bit buggy and slow. The photo capabilities are definitely not up to par with the PS3. I also bought a Sony S-590 figuring that the Xross interface and DLNA features would be like the PS3 but, to my surprise, it was extremely basic and couldn't find my DLNA server. The S-790 is the same way, according to the people on the S-790 forum.

Last night my family and I were all around the TV looking at family pictures and it was good but a little slow. The DLNA is a little slow even though I'm plugged with a LAN cable. There aren't enough thumbnails, only a handful per page and there's no option to sort via thumbnail or file name. The Windows 7 Media Server is also not ideal software, so using the 220 as a renderer is not great either. Perhaps I need to find better media server software. From my computer, I can right-click on a photo or music file and choose "Play to --> Blu Ray Player", but then the Windows 7 software is extremely basic in that regard - no slide show options, thumbnail views, etc.

If you were looking for something that could do it all, a dedicated streamer is probably the way to go, or just stick to the PS3. I'm now thinking of buying a WD Live in addition to my new 220.

As a BD Player, it's great. The image quality is excellent and it loads BD's way faster than my previous Sony S-360.
post #2864 of 4171
Viken, if you use Serviio or HomeStream, the 590/790's DLNA will work fine. PS3 media server requires quite a few changes to make it work with sony stand-alone players. My sony's work beautifully with DLNA. The interface for photos is excellent and very fast. But Window's media server is pretty worthless. You really need a good server to get the most out of a DLNA client.

Your panasonic may handle pictures ok via DLNA, that's about it. I wouldn't want anyone to get the impression that Panasonic can do DLNA well. It can't. It's probably the worst I've ever seen. As a disc player it's fine, but for file streaming, most any other brand will do much better. And in terms of streaming services, panasonic is quite limit as well. It has only a fraction of the streaming apps of a sony or samsung.
post #2865 of 4171
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Originally Posted by mdavej View Post

Your panasonic may handle pictures ok via DLNA, that's about it. I wouldn't want anyone to get the impression that Panasonic can do DLNA well. It can't.

I agree regarding streaming "video" from a network hard drive via DLNA using a BDT-220. Though I've never tried DLNA on anything else, I was disappointed in the video streaming capabilities of the BDT-220. I've decided that nothing can match all of the capabilities of a computer. So I've connected my i5 tower PC to our HDMI video switcher/splitter that feeds our kitchen and living room HDTV sets. Using the PC I get better navigation, can play all formats, can display SRT subtitles, and can start playback at any point in the video with just a mouse click. I'm using a wireless keyboard and mouse to control the PC.

But viewing photos stored on hard drives using the BDT-220's DLNA (or using the Network Drive path) is excellent. The picture quality is perfect! Photos can be viewed manually or via slideshow that has user adjustable display duration and transitions. Very happy with the BDT-220's photo viewing capability.

I've been thinking about why I bought our two BDT-220 Bluray/DVD players.
  1. My first and foremost goal is to have excellent picture quality from DVDs since I don't buy Bluray discs. Passes this test with flying colors.
  2. Second and VERY important goal is to load DVD discs fast. Passes this test with flying colors. I wouldn't want to exchange "better networking capability with slower disc loading" by buying a different player.
  3. Anything else other than excellent picture quality and fast disc loading is just icing on the cake and not cause for return for me.
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post #2866 of 4171
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Originally Posted by mdavej View Post

Viken, if you use Serviio or HomeStream, the 590/790's DLNA will work fine. PS3 media server requires quite a few changes to make it work with sony stand-alone players. My sony's work beautifully with DLNA. The interface for photos is excellent and very fast. But Window's media server is pretty worthless. You really need a good server to get the most out of a DLNA client.
Your panasonic may handle pictures ok via DLNA, that's about it. I wouldn't want anyone to get the impression that Panasonic can do DLNA well. It can't. It's probably the worst I've ever seen. As a disc player it's fine, but for file streaming, most any other brand will do much better. And in terms of streaming services, panasonic is quite limit as well. It has only a fraction of the streaming apps of a sony or samsung.

FYI, I wasn't using the PS3 as a media server, just as the DLNA Client, but the photo interface is awesome smile.gif

We're getting a little off topic, but...the problem I was having with the PS3 is that I would frequently get a "MISC DLNA ERROR" when trying to access the media server on one of my PCs. This continued when I brought home the S-590. Right out of the box, the S590 couldn't even see my server at all, no matter how many times I rebooted the computer or the BD Player. The Panasonic picked it up right away. Unfortunately, the S590 doesn't have the same awesome photo interface that the PS3 has. Neither does the S790.

Interestingly, the Serviio site lists Panasonic TV as compatible renderers but not the BD Players. I wonder if it's dated information.
post #2867 of 4171
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Originally Posted by VikenK View Post

Interestingly, the Serviio site lists Panasonic TV as compatible renderers but not the BD Players. I wonder if it's dated information.
I was talking about PS3 Media Server that runs on a PC. I assumed you were running that.

I could never get Serviio to work very well with any of my Panasonic BD players, so the info on the site is probably still correct. I think a server that transcodes nearly everything like PlayOn does would be best for a Panasonic.
post #2868 of 4171
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Originally Posted by padgman1 View Post

I have a question about my Panasonic DMP-BDT220 unit.........
I am trying to play DVDs tonight ( 2 rentals from Family Video), and BOTH movies are "hiccupping" with audio and video stops and starts.
I have the unit hooked up to Denon 2113ci via HDMI and then from my Denon to my Panasonic 50ST50 via another HDMI cable ( Denon has passthrough ability).
I played one DVD for 10 minutes with nearly a hiccup.........stopped it and came back to it 2 hours later, from the beginning, and the hiccups started again ( it happened right away with the first DVD and continued after stopping starting many times)...........
Is this a problem with my Panny? My Denon receiver? the DVDs themselves? the HDMI cables ( both Monoprice)?
Very frustrated................

Addendum: After switching HDMI cables ( the one from my Bluray unit to my receiver), the problem is gone for the time being.......no more dithering, no more hiccupping of sound or picture from CDs or DVDs........
post #2869 of 4171

Cannot Connect to Verizon Fios Router

I Got the BDT220 as a Christmas present and cannot seem to get it connected to my wifi.

I had it originally set up aprox. 25 feet away from the router in another room and it was not recognizing my router. I called panasonic and the rep had me changing IP, gateway etc #s on the network set up. After a 30 minutes, nothing worked. she then told me that the blu ray player may not be close enough to the router. ( I have 2 iphones and an ipad connecter to the router and i can pick up the wifi signal all over the house)

A day later I moved to blu ray player to the same room and was only 15 feet from the router......still no connection. Another 30 minutes of typing #s lead tp the same dissappointing results. This rep told me I would be getting a call from a technician within 24-48 hrs. My patients is wearing thin. Is there anything i can do with my router or player? Any suggestions would be helpful. Thank you in advance.
post #2870 of 4171
^^ Do you by chance have MAC address filtering enabled on your router? If so, you will have to enter the MAC address of your player so that the router has permission to communicate with it.

Also, I know this seems kinda crazy, but in your Panasonic menu do you have hard wired or wireless connection selected? I thought I read somewhere that somebody had to connect it first with an Ethernet cable, and them magically the wireless started working. Hope this helps.
post #2871 of 4171
I do not have a MAC address. I have a dell desk top.

I will try to hard wire the blu ray to my router as you suggested. I hope I have a long enough Ethernet cable to reach it.
post #2872 of 4171
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Originally Posted by hendge80 View Post

I do not have a MAC address. I have a dell desk top.
I will try to hard wire the blu ray to my router as you suggested. I hope I have a long enough Ethernet cable to reach it.
The MAC address is actually sort of like an "internet address" that all devices (including your Blu ray player) have. Most routers will detect it automatically. But, if your router is set that it requires you to manually enter the MAC address (sometimes for security reasons), you will need to do so in order for your Panasonic to connect. If the Ethernet cable doesn't work, I would call support for your router and see if they can help you reset it or adjust your settings.
post #2873 of 4171
I can't find anything in search. All of a sudden I have a PIP type box showing on every blu ray I play. It is a grey translucent box that says, " This control panel can be displayed via OPTION". I can't get rid of it and its driving me nuts. The option button does nothing on the remote. Exit and PIP button do nothing as well. It is persistent even if I shut off or reset the player. Regular TV is fine on my GT50. It is only while playing blu rays on my 220. Help!
post #2874 of 4171
Try exit on the tv remote. It sounds like the viera-link pop up menu
post #2875 of 4171
Exit has no effect on either remote. Neither does Option. I have tried pretty much every button I can find on both TV and Blu Ray remote. The box only shows on my blu ray input. I am not sure if it is from my Panasonic 220 OT my GT50. I turned vista link in my tv settings but the box is still showing.
post #2876 of 4171
Hmm - Is it worth turning on viera link on both, to try and enable the button functions on the remote? Failing that, you could try resetting the player (will probably erase all your settings though)

http://shop.panasonic.com/shop/model/DMP-BDT220?t=faqs&support

How do you reset the Blu-ray player and/or the VIERA Connect password?
Reset the unit by following these instructions: 1) While the unit is off, press and hold [OK], and [Y] on the remote control at the same time for more than 5 seconds. "00 RET" is displayed on the unit's display. 2) Repeatedly press the
arrow button on the remote control until "08 FIN" is displayed on the unit's display. 3) Press and hold [OK] on the remote control for at least 3 seconds. This procedure also resets the VIERA Connect password.
post #2877 of 4171
The disk mech BDT220 is damned loud. And louder on DVDs than BDs for some reason. It follows a weird pattern too; when you first start playing the feature it is loudest, then if you skip chapters the noise level steps down with each skip until it's perfectly acceptable. Then if you wind back through the chapters it get's louder and louder. This behavior is identical on both the 220s I have, one purchased early last year and the other a week ago.
post #2878 of 4171
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Originally Posted by Oubadah View Post

The disk mech BDT220 is damned loud. And louder on DVDs than BDs for some reason. It follows a weird pattern too; when you first start playing the feature it is loudest, then if you skip chapters the noise level steps down with each skip until it's perfectly acceptable. Then if you wind back through the chapters it get's louder and louder. This behavior is identical on both the 220s I have, one purchased early last year and the other a week ago.

Don't know if I'm just lucky but I bought two DMP-BDT220's for Christmas. I can't hear either player play DVDs or the one Bluray disc I rented. Since the noise level decreases as you play the disc, could it be firmware related? I upgraded the firmware on both our players to the latest 1.49 version during the setup procedure.

PS: If it's a really high frequency you're hearing then ignore my post since I have high frequency loss in my hearing.

Skylark
post #2879 of 4171
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Originally Posted by Skylark View Post

Don't know if I'm just lucky but I bought two DMP-BDT220's for Christmas. I can't hear either player play DVDs or the one Bluray disc I rented. Since the noise level decreases as you play the disc, could it be firmware related? I upgraded the firmware on both our players to the latest 1.49 version during the setup procedure.
PS: If it's a really high frequency you're hearing then ignore my post since I have high frequency loss in my hearing.
Skylark

It's mainly a whirring noise that anyone should be able to hear, but with DVD there is an additional buzzing noise which is at a very high frequency - in fact I thought the buzzing was my plasma at first because it sounds very similar to white screen plasma buzz.

I'll try and get some audio decent clips.
post #2880 of 4171
I just got a DMP-BDT220 and my VT50 is to arrive today and I won't be setting everything up on network until later on. My question is can the BDT220 update firmware from a usb or sd card? Or do I have to waste a cd disk for updating firmware as by following the instructions. I have the uncompressed firmware but thought I'd ask before burning it to cd disk.

Thanks.
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