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# 46749 9-Nov-2009 11:41
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Hi,


I recently just bought a Panasonic HD Plasma with Viera link and a home theater system with viera link and I was wanting to know if the Myski HDI unit works with viera link? Anyone got a panasonic TV with viera link and mysky HDI?? and are they able to test it for me??


Any help would be great,


Thanks in advance.

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  # 271262 9-Nov-2009 12:23
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I have a PZ850 and MyskyHDi and, as far as I am aware, the answer is NO. The sky remote is totally independent of the other remote(s). The VIERA link only works between Panasonic products

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  # 271339 9-Nov-2009 16:20
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Nikoftime: I have a PZ850 and MyskyHDi and, as far as I am aware, the answer is NO. The sky remote is totally independent of the other remote(s). The VIERA link only works between Panasonic products


Viera link is a CEC (consumer electronic control) function. It is an industry standard so it will work with other CEC capable equipment. It is NOT restricted to Panasonic-Panasonic connections.
Here is a link to the wikipedia hdmi page

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDMI

about halfway down is a description of CEC.

The thing about CEC is that both ends have to be activated so they can talk to each other. And as far as I can tell there aren't any settings on the MySky to enable it. Be kind of cool if there was. Even if it was at the simplest level with on/off and AV input would be good.

Even bitter rivals like sony and panasonic will work via hdmi cec.




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  # 271346 9-Nov-2009 16:47
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HDMI-CEC (even though is a standard) often manufacturers have their own unique implementation to provide slightly cliche niche advantage to their own devices. Same as DLNA, meant to be standard implementation of media sharing and streaming however there are many manufacturers that add extra or slightly different DLNA set to their uniqueness.

It is often a hit-and-miss feature. I have Sony Bravia with its earlier implementation of Bravia Link, and it won't work with newer devices for Bravia Sync (or PS3 slim even :-( )




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  # 271433 9-Nov-2009 20:49
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chiefie: HDMI-CEC (even though is a standard) often manufacturers have their own unique implementation to provide slightly cliche niche advantage to their own devices. Same as DLNA, meant to be standard implementation of media sharing and streaming however there are many manufacturers that add extra or slightly different DLNA set to their uniqueness.

It is often a hit-and-miss feature. I have Sony Bravia with its earlier implementation of Bravia Link, and it won't work with newer devices for Bravia Sync (or PS3 slim even :-( )


Yeah sorry I should have added that using an industry standard is how CEC is supposed to work. But then you get into the whole betamax/vhs, blu-ray/HDDVD, our system is the best argument. Add to that hdmi 1.1, 1.2, 1.3a, 1.4.....and throw in the extra complication with different generations CEC links as you said.
It did surprise me that I managed to get Sony-Panasonic to work. I have helped set up Samsung-Denon, Panasonic-Denon and Sony-Sony as well as my own Panasonic-Onkyo. The Sony-Sony one has been the most troublesome.
I ran into problems when I viera-linked the Onkyo receiver and panasonic blu-ray to the TV because the blu-ray looked through the receiver to the TV and wouldn't provide the correct sound format to the receiver. As soon as I turned the blu-ray viera-link off it provided the HD formats as it should.
I don't use the full CEC remote functionality because I find Panasonic's system a bit clumsy, but certainly the on/off, volume and AV input control works well.




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  # 271437 9-Nov-2009 21:04
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That's when you get Logitech Harmony remote and program macros ;-)




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  # 271465 9-Nov-2009 22:27
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chiefie: That's when you get Logitech Harmony remote and program macros ;-)


Agreed.  Got a harmony One about a year ago and it is awesome; controls Panasonic TV, Home Theatre, VCR, PS2, MySkyHDi perfectly.  So easy my 5 year old daughter can work it!  Our TV and Home Theatre were Viera Linked but the Harmony Remote takes care of it ALL.

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  # 271687 10-Nov-2009 15:56
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I use a Harmony remote as well (just swapped an 1100 for a 1000 but that's a whole other story). But the receiver and all other AV gear is in a cupboard in the next room and it can be a PITA if the remote mis-communicates, so I just find it's easier to have the receiver turn on and off with the TV and switch between TV and AV audio connections with the TV/AV selection on the TV.
It means that simple TV watching (freeviewHD) can be accomplished with the TV remote alone. I have given up on trying to train my wife to use the Harmony and have schooled the children up instead. Like most programmable remotes it is only as good as the setup time you are willing to put into it.




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