Originally Posted by iamnotatoughguy
... 1080p mkv dts files. i've found out the video section of the file will play but not the dts audio. i have to convert the audio portion to ac3 5.1 digital then it'll play fine but i don't know as to the 'why'. is this a limitation of the TV or windows 7 media player/center streaming or hdmi cabling or something else?
i'd appreciate your input ... would help to alleviate some of the fog in my brain -temporarily.
DTS audio is not supported by any of the Panasonic xT-50 models.
In my opinion, the best way to do this is to get a separate media player box with HDMI connected to the GT50 for video and a separate cable to your AV reciever for the full DTS sound capability. Skip the streaming entirely and just play it directly from the media center. If you are simply playing the audio from the TV's speakers, then dumbing down the DTS to AC3 is fine because you are missing most of the audio quality anyway.
If you have a recent BlueRay player hooked up, it may also do DLNA streaming and will certainly have a DTS decoder.
If you want the DTS sound track, you must bypass the TV. Panasonic saved themselves a few bucks by not paying for a DTS license and passed the burden of figuring out what to do to the customers.
If you do go the DTS-to-AC3 route, there are some very simple PC programs that will do the entire process of stripping, converting, and re-muxing the MKV without touching the video. The whole process will take about 12-15 min for a full length movie on my i7 based lap-top. The other alternative is to completely re-encode the entire MKV and many hours of cpu time.