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post #3001 of 4169
Any particular reason as to why video outputs are disabled when 24p is on?
post #3002 of 4169
I have the BDT220. Been ripping my DVDs to a hard drive on a mac. Formatted that drive as FAT32. Not a problem with DVDs as the resulting mp4 files are all under 4GB. I like how this works, so I am thinking about ripping my blu-rays and HD DVDs next. The problem is these are going to be over 4GB, therefore I'm not going to be able to get them on that drive. I'm wondering if I format using exFAT, will the 220 recognize the drive? The manual doesn't mention exFAT, but I'm guessing it might work anyway. Anybody try it?
post #3003 of 4169
I asked but didn't see an answer, sorry if its been posted, does the 321 play media off an external hard drive?
post #3004 of 4169
Yes, provided it is in one of the supported formats.

S~
post #3005 of 4169
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Originally Posted by teachsac View Post

Yes, provided it is in one of the supported formats.

S~

Thanks, what formats? M4V?
post #3006 of 4169
Page 6 and 37 in the owner's manual.

http://service.us.panasonic.com/OPERMANPDF/DMPBDT220-MUL.PDF

S~
post #3007 of 4169
Is there anyway to get my 3TB My Book Essential working with my 220 blu-ray player? I divided it into two 1.5tb partitions, but I still get the not compatible message frown.gif
post #3008 of 4169
Ok, Have my 220 all setup, DLNA working, Network drive working bluray pic great. The only thing I can't figure out is this "Media Renderer" can someone please explain to me how this works and what is it's actual use.
Many thanks in advance.

Stu.
post #3009 of 4169
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Originally Posted by diestler View Post

I have the BDT220. Been ripping my DVDs to a hard drive on a mac. Formatted that drive as FAT32. Not a problem with DVDs as the resulting mp4 files are all under 4GB. I like how this works, so I am thinking about ripping my blu-rays and HD DVDs next. The problem is these are going to be over 4GB, therefore I'm not going to be able to get them on that drive. I'm wondering if I format using exFAT, will the 220 recognize the drive? The manual doesn't mention exFAT, but I'm guessing it might work anyway. Anybody try it?
Answered the exFAT question - yes, the 220 recognizes a hard drive formatted using exFAT (even though the user manual does not list exFAT). However, I have another question that I was hoping I could get some help with. I am ripping DVDs using handbrake to mp4 (including chapters). I can skip chapters when watching the file on my ipad (no, they aren't m4vs, they are mp4s) - but when I play those same files back on the Panasonic 220 it will let me fast forward the file, but it won't let me skip chapters (at least not by using the next chapter button on the remote). Am I missing something here? It's pretty annoying not being able to jump around using chapters. Any help would be appreciated.
post #3010 of 4169
Is the 2011 bdt310 model or the 2012 bdt220 model the better blu-ray player? Price difference where I'm looking is only $5. I don't care about the streaming features on either player.
post #3011 of 4169
Go with 220
post #3012 of 4169
Hi!

I read some posts in the thread trying to find an answer to my problems, but to no avail...

Last Christmas I bought a bdt220 as a present for my parents so they could use it both as a blu-ray player and to stream movies from their LAN. The setup of the network is the following: as a router they have an Asus modem/router N55U with 2 wireless networks set up. On the 5GHz there's just a desktop pc, while the 2.4GHz network is used for the bdt220 and a couple of smartphones. Videos are stored in a Buffalo Linkstation Live NAS which is connected to the router via ethernet cable. The router is set on DHCP but with manual lease of the IP addresses of both the NAS and the bdt220. The NAS is working perfectly and it's accessible from every device. DLNA streaming is enabled in the NAS settings.

However I'm having some serious issues: even though the bdt220 is connected to my wireless network with full signal, if I search for DLNA servers, I can find and connect to my NAS, browse the movie list but no one will play (I get an error message stating that the content is not supported). But if I choose the "network drive" option from the network menu, I can see all the movies stored in there and play them (mostly DivX and MKV files, some HD, most not). The thing is I get random freezes of the blu-ray player: it gets totally stuck and the only option is to power off and on again. The freezes are completely random, sometimes after 1 minute of playback, sometimes 1 hour or more. I'm not sure if the freezing happens even when playing from USB (though I played a couple of movies and had no problems), but that would defeat the whole purpose of my setup (wireless streaming) and made the purchase of the Buffalo NAS completely useless.

Modem/router, NAS and the bdt220 have all been upgraded to the latest firmware and the issue is still there.

Any suggestion? Is there anything I'm doing wrong or anything I could try?

Thanks!
post #3013 of 4169
Has anyone been able to stop the 220 changing the TV picture mode to "Cinema" when playing blu rays?
I tried setting the picture mode in the player to User or Normal and TV to Custom (this is the picture mode I want) but If I stop the movie or play a new disc it switches back to Cinema.mad.gif
post #3014 of 4169
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Originally Posted by StormUP View Post

Is the 2011 bdt310 model or the 2012 bdt220 model the better blu-ray player? Price difference where I'm looking is only $5. I don't care about the streaming features on either player.

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Originally Posted by billmich View Post

Go with 220
Any particular reason you think the 220 is better?
post #3015 of 4169
Because the difference between the 220 and 320 is ONLY the touch remote
get the newer model
post #3016 of 4169
The 310 sucks for many reasons:
- Netflix black flashes
- Poor Amazon streaming
- Huluplus freezes
- Fewer streaming apps

If you're using it only for disc playback, then it will be fine. I personally wouldn't by any obsolete player when a new one is only a few dollars more. Even if the two models were equal, you've lost an entire year's worth of firmware updates for disc compatibility.
post #3017 of 4169
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Originally Posted by StormUP View Post

Is the 2011 bdt310 model or the 2012 bdt220 model the better blu-ray player? Price difference where I'm looking is only $5. I don't care about the streaming features on either player.

Unless you need the 310's dual HDMI connections (in situations where your AVR cannot pass through 3D, you can connect an HDMI cable directly to your television and a second to your AVR) I'd go with the 220. There may be bugs in the 310's BD playing firmware that were detect and never patched but which were fixed for the 220.

There are a few more things that the 310 has that the 220 does not, such as the wave-your-hand-over-it hands free disc tray opening control and some software sound manipulation gimmicks (which you can use at the expensive of bitstreaming). The 220's biggest improvements are in streaming, which you say that you don't care about: it's Netflix player can play Netflix's 1080p encodes and lacks the "black flash" bug which was never fixed in the BDTx10s and it can output native 24p video from all network VOD sources like Netflix and VUDU.
post #3018 of 4169
BDT-220 will be obsolete soon since it is being replaced next month with the BDT-230.
post #3019 of 4169
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

BDT-220 will be obsolete soon since it is being replaced next month with the BDT-230.

Obsolete? That's a matter of opinion. It'll no doubt cost more and none of the new features that I've read about are compelling to me personally. Of course it may have bug fixes that won't be patched for the 220 in it.
post #3020 of 4169
Define obsolete.......
Non-functioning?
post #3021 of 4169
Retail on the BDT230 is $130 instead of $150 on the BDT220. 220's will remain cheaper though I imagine as they're "old". I don't see anything compelling the 230 adds over the 220 unless it has better image quality. It has gimmicks like 4k upscaling and some kind of view stuff from your phone/tablet on your TV junk. My receiver has 4k upscaling already....and it doesn't get used. So yeah...the 220 won't be the newest shiny thing, but it hardly seems like it will be "obsolete". I have an HD-DVD player still hooked up to fill the "obsolete" hardware role. I'm looking to stop using my original PS3 space heater as a Blu-Ray player.
post #3022 of 4169
These panny units are just plain easier and nicer to use for blu-ray than PS3
post #3023 of 4169
Hi all

Just a simple question, it seem that bdt-320 and bdt-500 are able to play Divx/xvid movie in canada but not in US ? (eek.gif)

So how does the player know where i'm ?!

I live in canada, but US price are as always way better, so if i buy it in us will i have the divx enable or should i buy it in canada ?

Thanks
post #3024 of 4169
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Originally Posted by bgnt44 View Post

Hi all

Just a simple question, it seem that bdt-320 and bdt-500 are able to play Divx/xvid movie in canada but not in US ? (eek.gif)

So how does the player know where i'm ?!

I live in canada, but US price are as always way better, so if i buy it in us will i have the divx enable or should i buy it in canada ?

Thanks
If you buy a US model, you won't get Divx. If you buy a Canadian model, you will. It doesn't know or care where you are, the model numbers and firmwares are different. You can always load a hacked firmware that enable Divx among other things, if you think it's worth the rather high price. Why not buy a different brand that can play Divx without any hacks?
post #3025 of 4169
Because according to multiple review bdt500 is the best at that price (of course that depend on the price), too bad that us version can't play avi file ...

Can i just update it with a canadian firmware simply or does that need a special hack ?

Btw does the dac on bdt320 and bdt500 are better than those on an receiver like onkyo 616 (for example with flac files ... ) ?
post #3026 of 4169
By the time you pay for the hack, you will be paying way more than you would if you just bought the Canadian model. No you can't just load another version of firmware.

S~
post #3027 of 4169
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Originally Posted by michaeltscott View Post

Obsolete? That's a matter of opinion. It'll no doubt cost more and none of the new features that I've read about are compelling to me personally. Of course it may have bug fixes that won't be patched for the 220 in it.

Obsolete in that it won't be sold/made anymore. I plan on picking up the 2013 version and moving the 2012 model to a secondary viewing location. At least that is my plan since I would like to get the new one for the Miracast support since I expect my next cell phone(if I get one this year) to have that capability. Although I don't like the looks of the newer version as much as the older one. But I guess for $92 at Best Buy it's a great deal for the 2012 model. I just got a price match tonight since they lowered the price from a few weeks ago. I'm hoping Best Buy will have a 10% coupon or something to get a discount since the newer version will probably be sold at the retail price.
post #3028 of 4169
Well they ended up being out of stock on the 220, but still had the open box 310. I hemmed and hawed and ran my mouth for a while about maybe wanting the 220 and they knocked the 310 down to $60 so I ended up getting that. I guess I'll be off to the correct owners thread now. Thanks for the help, $60 was too good to pass up though.
post #3029 of 4169
I give up on the 220, it skipped again on a minor scratch from a nf movie. The ps3 played it fine. I'll try another brand... I do not like using the ps3 since the remote is so badly laid out. I end up completely stopping a movie with no resume when I meant to pause. This happens every few movies end elicits many complaints.
post #3030 of 4169
Does anyone has been able to compare the DAC of BDT500 and BDT320 vs the dac in onkyo receiver TX-NR616 playing flac ? is there any improvment ?
Edited by bgnt44 - 1/26/13 at 9:45am
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