Originally Posted by Ken Masters
Heh, I feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone here discussing this across another dimension or something.
With discs that support resume you don't need the USB, it's with discs that don't have a message that pops up to ask if you want to resume play that it's required. In these cases you hit stop once, then switch off the player. When you switch the player back on, you wait a moment for it to start up properly, then hit play. The disc will simply resume from where last you were viewing it, no messages, no menus.
Perhaps somehow I am completely turned around on this. I find it bizarre that I seem to be the only person aware of this. It has worked this way on all my previous Blu-ray players (with an SD card inserted, not that I tested at the time if this was a requirement for it to work), it is only with this player where I didn't insert some manner of storage (as it did not have an SD card slot) that I found I could not do this. I tried the USB and it worked, eureka! I remove the USB and it stops working - ergo, the USB drive is what makes the difference.
There might be something I'm completely missing here, I can't account for my being alone on this, but I am at a loss as to what more I can say. Perhaps I'm just mad, or you all don't come from a world where Bernie Sanders is president.
Yes, there is something you are missing here.
1. I see absolutely no reason or value for Panasonic to arbitrarily start some timer that shuts down the player after 20 minutes or so "to save on electricity". How much electricity does this really save? Does Panasonic sell enough players worldwide to really make a dent in power usage? Interestingly, the manual states that this function operates "automatically depending on the media". That implies that there is some media that doesn't cause this to happen but they don't identify the media. In any case, this should be a user option not a manufacturer mandate.
2. Given #1
above or any other time that the player is shut down in mid-play with the disc left in it, the manual states "On BD-Video discs including BD-J, the resume play function does not work". How do we tell if a disc includes BD-J?
3. Given #1
above or any other time that the player is shut down in mid-play with the disc left in it, it has been stated that some discs will resume play, some discs will resume play if a formatted USB stick is inserted, and some discs will never resume play (BD-J discs?). How do we know in advance which discs will support resume? There is no mention in the owner's manual about inserting a USB stick to support resume. Is this something you just discovered on your own? How did you format the drive? The manual states FAT 12/16/32 or NTFS. Again, as in #1
, resume should be a user option and not left to the manufacturer of the disc or player.
Not blaiming you, but there is a real lack of clarity in a lot of the descriptions of player functions in the user manual. Nothing unusual there, I guess, just very annoying.