Originally Posted by timewaster
my usb drive uses the usb cable for power (no separate power cord).
so this is why it doesn't work?
Most likely, yes. I'm sure someone sells an adapter that you plug into that also has a wall plug, then it plugs into the TV's usb port as well, and takes care of powering the hard drive. Still, I personally wouldn't mess with it. I'd get some sort of a media server like the guy above said. Right now I'm trying out this Serviio program for Windows computers. If it works well, it should solve all my problems, and probably would solve yours as well.
One day someone will come out with a media server that solves all our problems. It's amazing that in 2013 we still have all these incompatibility issues, and even USB hard drives not working with everything? Ridiculous. Or better yet, release a TV that can view everything. Just make a deal with VLC, it would take them 2 months to port a media player over that would play literally everything. You'd be the savior of everyone who watches TVs, which is all people.
Hear this Panasonic? Do this and I'll buy a brand spanking new TV every other year from you, I promise. Don't make me pay someone else to watch my stuff on your TV.
edit: If anyone here has enough coding experience to mess around with adding codec support, I bet we could find enough people on this forum to donate a few bucks each, and make it worth your time. If I could learn in under 100 hours I'd probably do it myself. I've lost that many hours over the years already, just messing around with getting this and that to work with this and that.Edited by Porteroso - 1/22/13 at 5:21pm