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post #31 of 633
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Originally Posted by mdavej View Post

I don't know for sure, but the evidence so far points to no. You should probably contact Panasonic to be certain.

I need to confirm if there is a Skype app on the 230 or not. Anybody who already bought the player can tell me.
post #32 of 633
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Originally Posted by teachsac View Post

Picked up the BDT230 today. If you have upgraditis, don't bother. It is not much more than the last generation.

Features: Added Miracast connectivity for Android and a Web Browser. 3D support. 330 adds twin HDMI and 4K scaling. emote is the typical push button remote for those that are wondering.
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Impressions: Overall it is a very good player. I was quite surprised with the DVD scaling. I am disappointed with the lack of DD 5.1 support with Amazon.

S~

Thanks for the review.. appreciate it!

However, if possible could you plz write more on the performance of Miracast? Its one of the main reasons i was waiting for this player.
Also, is it possible for you to check if the player works as a DLNA renderer?

Thanks!
post #33 of 633
Thanks mDavej. I also bought a Mini Android PC RH3066 and the Logitech K400r would probably work with that too, though it has BlueTooth and can do Skype at $70.
post #34 of 633
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Originally Posted by slimoli View Post

I need to confirm if there is a Skype app on the 230 or not. Anybody who already bought the player can tell me.
No Skype ap. Just checked.

S~
post #35 of 633
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Originally Posted by teachsac View Post

No Skype ap. Just checked.

S~

Thank you very much. No 230 for me.
post #36 of 633
Is the 230 an upgrade in ANY WAY from the 220? I want to replace the BD65 in my family room, and I'm trying to decide on the 220 or 230. Thanks.
post #37 of 633
How's the loading time on the 230 for BDs?
post #38 of 633
I just purchased this unit and this will be my very first blu ray player. i contemplated of buying this one vs roku xs. i thought since this model has a web browser built in i would be able to install hbogo. as it turns out the web browser is very limited. it doesn't have skype pre-installed in the unit.
post #39 of 633
I'm surprised that Amazon still doesn't have the 230 or 330 in stock yet.
post #40 of 633
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Originally Posted by Mr. Cinema View Post

I'm surprised that Amazon still doesn't have the 230 or 330 in stock yet.

They do have the two new Panasonic Streaming boxes though, the DMP-MST60 with Viera connect, Miracast and 3D support, and the slightly cheaper DMP-MS10 with IP VOD (limited video services) ... although sold by abt. Any takers ?! Would like to know if Panasonic updated their Amazon app to support 5.1.
post #41 of 633
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Originally Posted by dcenter View Post

I just purchased this unit and this will be my very first blu ray player. i contemplated of buying this one vs roku xs. i thought since this model has a web browser built in i would be able to install hbogo. as it turns out the web browser is very limited. it doesn't have skype pre-installed in the unit.

Wishful thinking. Most browsers in bluray players have awful browsers. They hardly have enough horsepower to render the page, let alone support flash or HTML5 video.
post #42 of 633
Which Panny to buy - 230 or 89?

I am about to get my first BD player. I had decided on the 220 just when the 2013 Panasonic models were announced. I don't need 3D but I thought some of the other extras on the 230 were nice, but now I don't think I need them. The web browser will most likely suck and I will probably never use Miracast.

Can anyone think of any other reasons to buy the 230 over the 89? Will both play BD-RE discs if I ever get a burner?

I am kind of new to this. Is there any possibility that I could hook up a USB external HDD and be able to TIVO my discs, or is it playback only?

TIA.
post #43 of 633
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Originally Posted by teachsac View Post

Picked up the BDT230 today. If you have upgraditis, don't bother. It is not much more than the last generation.

Features: Added Miracast connectivity for Android and a Web Browser. 3D support. 330 adds twin HDMI and 4K scaling. emote is the typical push button remote for those that are wondering.

Hook up: Connected to a Marantz SR6005 to the Sharp 844. Setup was painless as always with Panasonic players. Typical settings, Secondary audio off, bitstream, etc. Network hooked up wired using a powerline adapter. Quick. Updated the software to the latest version. Seemed to go quicker than previous players.

BD/3D/DVD Playback: I won't comment too much on BD and 3D. Playback is terrific as always. I will comment on DVD scaling as rumor has it, they are using the mediatek chipset with the new players. I am quite pleased with DVD scaling. I put in SW Ep. 2: Attack of the Clones. Wow. Does it look great! No jaggies, excellent color. No halos and no edge enhancements. 24p is still supported with DVDs.

Apps/Streaming: Same supported streaming apps: NF, Amazon (Prime Supported), VUD, Hulu+, etc. 24p for apps is no longer supported. Amazon app still does not support DD 5.1 when available. Disappointing. DLNA still offers only limited file support, no .avi, Divx. Oppo plays everything. It was resonsive, though.

Impressions: Overall it is a very good player. I was quite surprised with the DVD scaling. I am disappointed with the lack of DD 5.1 support with Amazon.

S~
Does the BDT230 have access to the Netflix 3D streams?

That was one thing i don't like about my BDT220(and the Amazon stereo issue). I picked up a Sony S5100 that does 3D from Netflix(and has multi-channel from Amazon), but I've always liked the Panasonic players better. Except for the flip down cover that the 220 has.
post #44 of 633
Only if your Internet provider is connected to NF's Open Connect.

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post #45 of 633
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Originally Posted by teachsac View Post

Picked up the BDT230 today. If you have upgraditis, don't bother. It is not much more than the last generation.

Features: Added Miracast connectivity for Android and a Web Browser. 3D support. 330 adds twin HDMI and 4K scaling. emote is the typical push button remote for those that are wondering.

Hook up: Connected to a Marantz SR6005 to the Sharp 844. Setup was painless as always with Panasonic players. Typical settings, Secondary audio off, bitstream, etc. Network hooked up wired using a powerline adapter. Quick. Updated the software to the latest version. Seemed to go quicker than previous players.

BD/3D/DVD Playback: I won't comment too much on BD and 3D. Playback is terrific as always. I will comment on DVD scaling as rumor has it, they are using the mediatek chipset with the new players. I am quite pleased with DVD scaling. I put in SW Ep. 2: Attack of the Clones. Wow. Does it look great! No jaggies, excellent color. No halos and no edge enhancements. 24p is still supported with DVDs.

Apps/Streaming: Same supported streaming apps: NF, Amazon (Prime Supported), VUD, Hulu+, etc. 24p for apps is no longer supported. Amazon app still does not support DD 5.1 when available. Disappointing. DLNA still offers only limited file support, no .avi, Divx. Oppo plays everything. It was resonsive, though.

Impressions: Overall it is a very good player. I was quite surprised with the DVD scaling. I am disappointed with the lack of DD 5.1 support with Amazon.

S~


Great review.

I've always felt that the dvd upscaling is a strong selling point for the panasonics. My dvd collection has dwindled as I've sold off or given away most of them and upgraded to BR, but for those titles which have not made it to BR, panasonic is excellent.

Question: is this year's player any faster or quieter than last year's?
post #46 of 633
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Originally Posted by teachsac View Post

Only if your Internet provider is connected to NF's Open Connect.

S~

So are you saying The BDT230 does have access? Because the BDT220 has access to the SuperHD streaming but not the 3D streaming. My PS3 and Sony S5100 can access the 3D streaming. I'm on FiOS but I get access to the SuperHD and 3D streams from using UNBlock US.
post #47 of 633
Not connected to Open Connect. I have Comcast. Someone else will have to try out the 3D. Sorry.

S~
post #48 of 633
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

So are you saying The BDT230 does have access? Because the BDT220 has access to the SuperHD streaming but not the 3D streaming. My PS3 and Sony S5100 can access the 3D streaming. I'm on FiOS but I get access to the SuperHD and 3D streams from using UNBlock US.

Aaronwt: How are you confirming you are receiving the 5800 kb/s (Super HD) stream on the 5100? Does it display X-High on the overlay, or can you confirm with Example Short 23.976 that you see the 5800kb/s stream. I ask because as of a week ago, the 5800 kb/s stream seems absent on all Sony BDPs. Prior to that it was working. Netflix and Sony are blaming one another.
post #49 of 633
Debating on what to get...

Don't have a 3D TV and really dont need the extras...

Really wanna know what has the best upscale?

Fast loading time??

Most reliable of the new line?/



With a solid DVD and bluray collection this will be put into heavy use no matter what I decide on...

PS: I know last time I was in best buy they have about 10 230's on the shelves
post #50 of 633
I just checked the "local" Best Buy and they have an 89 and a couple 230s. I am heading down to get the 89. BTW, they have changed their return period to 15 days from 30.

Edit: The BB had 7 230s on the shelf and I saw one at customer pickup. After I got my 89 there were two left on the shelf.
Edited by Ehoser - 3/26/13 at 5:00pm
post #51 of 633
Every local store in my area has the 230 in stock. I hope that means Amazon will be receiving their shipment soon. But they'll need to lower their $149 price first. They seem to be $20 higher.
post #52 of 633
Any reviews on the 230 yet?
post #53 of 633
I got the bd89. The first thing I did was insert a DVD but I didn't play it right away (more on that later). I was able to connect to my wifi router and get to the Internet no problem. The first thing the player found a firmware upgrade so I installed that, again no problem. The machine rebooted itself and then it was seemingly dead. I could turn the power on with the remote or the button on the unit but nothing else worked except power off. The power light blinked about 10 times when starting. I had to unplug it to get it to power on again but still nothing. The Open/Close button didn't even work. I thought maybe the firmware upgrade had killed it. I then realized that the disc that was inserted originally was still in there and it was a non-Cinavia compliant DVD-RW. I was able to remove it by hitting the Open button after cycling the power cord but before hitting the On button. I put in a Netflix DVD and now it works fine. I thought Cinavia was just supposed to disable playback, not kill the machine. I tried another non-compliant disc and it did the same thing. Now I wish I had tried to play the discs before upgrading the firmware.

Other than that everything seems to work. The only other thing I have to compare it with is a 9 year old low end DVD player. I will go to a Redbox and rent a Blu-Ray disc to test. The DVD upconversion looks great to me but again nothing to compare to. I played some YouTubes and now need to consider adding streaming to my Netflix account.
post #54 of 633
More likely disc is incompatible with the Panasonic than Cinavia. The original recording has to have the Cinavia watermark.

S~
post #55 of 633
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Originally Posted by apw2607 View Post

Aaronwt: How are you confirming you are receiving the 5800 kb/s (Super HD) stream on the 5100? Does it display X-High on the overlay, or can you confirm with Example Short 23.976 that you see the 5800kb/s stream. I ask because as of a week ago, the 5800 kb/s stream seems absent on all Sony BDPs. Prior to that it was working. Netflix and Sony are blaming one another.

I could see the bitrate on the Example Video. And before yesterday it would show X-High/HD when streaming a super HD stream. But now it just shows 1080P HD for any of the 1080P streams.

When I first setup my S5100, the netflix example video was the first thing I tried to make sure I was getting the 5800kbps bitrate. Then I tried some 3D titles. The 3D titles also used to show up as X-High/ HD when streaming.

So has anyone actually verified being able to play the Netflix 3D streams with the BDT230?
post #56 of 633
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Originally Posted by teachsac View Post

More likely disc is incompatible with the Panasonic than Cinavia. The original recording has to have the Cinavia watermark.

S~

Is there any way to tell if a disc has the watermark? I used a DVD-RW with a copy of the TV show Homeland. I would hope that an incompatible disc wouldn't kill the machine and require the power cord to be disconnected.

I just tried again. Another DVD-RW with a different TV show worked, the old one killed it again. That's not good if a bad disc can do that.

ADD: It's definitely the content. I burned something else on the disc and it worked. I burned the bad image on another disc and it killed the player again. I find it strange that I can turn the player off with the remote, the button on the player and even over CEC from the TV but I have to unplug it to turn it back on. It must be setting a flag in volatile memory or something, either that it somehow corrupts RAM and unplugging clears it.
Edited by Ehoser - 3/28/13 at 11:41am
post #57 of 633
Can someone that has one of the new 2013 Panasonic players, and also has Amazon Prime confirm if the Amazon VOD app supports 5.1 bitstream and Wishlists ?
post #58 of 633
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Originally Posted by apw2607 View Post

Can someone that has one of the new 2013 Panasonic players, and also has Amazon Prime confirm if the Amazon VOD app supports 5.1 bitstream and Wishlists ?
I posted in my write-up that the Amazon app still does not support DD 5.1 when available. Same app version as last year.

S~
post #59 of 633
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Originally Posted by teachsac View Post

I posted in my write-up that the Amazon app still does not support DD 5.1 when available. Same app version as last year.

S~

Thx .. must have missed it above. A shame .... Guess that means that both the new streamers BMP-MST60 and BMP-MS10 also won't support 5.1 from Amazon. Panasonic missed a opportunity there. If they had improved the Amazon app, and improved the DLNA support they could have had a very compelling local/cloud streamer.
post #60 of 633
I have a question for any owner of the BDT230. I'll also be using it as a DLNA renderer... Does the player always remain in DLNA renderer mode or some app or option is to be enabled before it can be seen as a renderer?

Thanks in advance...
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