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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 199191 8-Aug-2016 11:06
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I have a Panasonic Blu-Ray Recorder Model DMR-BWT720GZ which has Viera Connect.  I also have a Panasonic Blu-Ray Player Model DMP-BDT220.  The BDT220 also has Viera Connect and has the availabilty of selecting either New Zealand or Australia in the setup menu of Viera Connect.


However the BWT720 does not have this ability to select the country in its “Connect” menu.


On the BDT220 I have selected “Australia” as being the country as there is a app I access which is not available within the NZ Connect apps.


I am wanting to change the country on the BWT720 also so that I can select this app through the Australian Connect program, and am wanting to know how to obtain this.


Under the Panasonic web site there are separate firmware updates for NZ and Australia. Can I select the “Australia” firmware which is available on the Panasonic website instead of the NZ firmware and install that on the BWT720GZ?


If I do so, will it get me the Australia “Connect” program and not make any further changes to the setup?


Or there is there more to this such as using a proxy server?

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  Reply # 1606476 8-Aug-2016 17:46
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While you may be able to put the Australian firmware on the BWT720GZ, you may find it probably doesn't work with Freeview as Australia use different frequencies widths to NZ (7 MHz vs 8 MHz channel width) 


The difference in availability of apps between the two units probably comes down to the hardware in the unit itself. That is to say, because the BWT720GZ is older it may not have the necessary hardware to run certain apps. For example, my Panasonic VT30 TV used to have the YouTube app but that disappeared when (I'm guessing) the requirements of YouTube changed to something the hardware wasn't capable of.

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