Thanks Ted! It seems like we had the same problem. It seems to be fixed now as I could use the tv after doing that trick.If you are still having the problem, disconnect the internet from the TV at both the Cat 5e wired connection and if you enabled the wi-fi also turn off your wi fi router. Go thru the initial set up, except skip the internet connection step. Once you have completed the setup, go back to manually do the internet setup. Since I have a wired internet connection to the TV, I did not enable the wi-fi. No reason to confuse the TV with which connection to use. This solved my freeze up at 8 blinks.