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  Reply # 1449568 13-Dec-2015 09:44
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Except we bought a $600 TV last year, we're not keen on replacing it so soon and wasting all that money.

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  Reply # 1449611 13-Dec-2015 13:08
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Declan224: Except we bought a $600 TV last year, we're not keen on replacing it so soon and wasting all that money.


You could just download Netflix to your PC and connect your PC via HDMI to the TV. I tried this and it worked OK.

Fred

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 1449612 13-Dec-2015 13:11
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We're going off topic now.  I appears that the 550 is the only thing that does what I need it to do.  We certainly can't connect our computer to our TV because they are in different rooms and can't both fit in the lounge.

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  Reply # 1449613 13-Dec-2015 13:13
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Expanding on Fred, you could buy a cheap as chips Sammy BD player with Smarthub. AppleTV3 is cheap, that has Netflix, WDTV is cheap that has Netflix. Every device seems to have Netflix!



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  Reply # 1449633 13-Dec-2015 13:17
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That's fairly useful advice, thank you.  We still need a MyFreeview recorder though. The Blu-ray isn't really a priority.



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  Reply # 1449654 13-Dec-2015 13:30
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OK, I really appreciate the input that you guys have offered, it has been quite helpful.  The only downside of the 550 I can see is the lack of analogue audio output, which I believe I can get around with an adapter.  It appears to be the only device that does all of the things that I want it to do.  Yes I could do these things with a combination of other devices, but I have been researching this for a while and it appears that they either won't integrate as well into our current set up or wont end up being any cheaper.

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  Reply # 1449680 13-Dec-2015 15:08
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Declan224:  The only downside of the 550 I can see is the lack of analogue audio output, which I believe I can get around with an adapter.

You shouldn't need an adapter. The HDMI carries Video and Audio to the TV.



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  Reply # 1449683 13-Dec-2015 15:30
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Yes that's true, but we have an old but really good stereo that we like to put the sound through.  It's better than the speakers on the TV.

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  Reply # 1450687 15-Dec-2015 11:22
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You might be able to send the TV audio outputs into the stereo though, so that whatever audio input your TV is using always goes through the stereo at the same time. That's what I do at home.



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  Reply # 1451213 15-Dec-2015 22:35
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That's what I'm going to do.  The thing is that the TV only has digital audio out, and the stereo only has analogue.  I need a converter.  Don't worry guys, I have looked into this aspect of the affair thoroughly and know what I need to do.  Thank you for your ongoing input though.

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  Reply # 1455671 22-Dec-2015 21:03
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This device definitely does Netflix.  There is even a dedicated Netflix button.
The AV connections are HDMI out and digital audio coax according to my manual. (I didn't want to remove it from the rack).  The digital audio could be connected to one of those DACs to convert to analogue stereo RCA sockets that can be had from the likes of Jaycar etc.  Of course you will only get stereo or dolby pro-logic at best.
You might also want to check this thread for more discussion on this recorder... http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=83&topicid=179374   

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  Reply # 1481140 29-Jan-2016 11:56
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There is now an update fo rthe DMR-PWT550GZ. Ver:1.19. Once it downloads and restarts, go to digital TV tuning under setup, at the bottom of list is the freeview plus on selection.

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  Reply # 1518813 24-Mar-2016 09:23
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Hi

Panasonic 3D/4K Upscaling Network Blu-Ray PVR Recorder (DMR-PWT550GZ) is available for 299 NZD @ NL

Check the link

https://www.cheapies.nz/node/5994

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  Reply # 1518814 24-Mar-2016 09:28
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Oooh nice deal - very tempting to get it to replace my non freeview+ one....but just can't justify it atm... damn it :(


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  Reply # 1519991 26-Mar-2016 12:22
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FYI.  Just picked one up at JBHifi for $298 - plenty of stock, at least at their St Lukes, Auckland branch.  I'd wasted my time first going to 2 Noel Leeming stores and both only had display or return stock.  The NL sales guy said it was being run-out.

 

Did check with Panny first and they said "Our new 2016-2017 model line-up generally comes out around June - July - I believe there will be a replacement model for the PWT550 but we do not have any information for release at the moment."  However, I wasn't prepared to wait that long and probably have to pay full price for the new model.  For what I want it for, the current model is good enough.


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