I TV plasma Panasonic “S30” are no longer updated, video encoding for the correct TV “ffmpeg”

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My new TV is a Panasonic Viera Plasma series “S30“, generation (I would rather penultimate generation). Has the ability to connect to the internet, function that allows me through a few applications developed “ad hoc” of see the trailer movies currently in theaters, unload (paying) the latest movies and watch streaming, listen to internet radio in streaming, See Youtube videos, accessing Facebook and Picasa, download a feed updated in real time with the day's news in video format. In short, the applications are wasted.

All these good things is nothing without an internal browser to your TV (What do I do with the internet if I can not go where I want?), in fact a browser that does not exist, and for models of the S30 series apparently There is not even a development plan a browser or support streaming directly to the internal network (the latest models do support streaming network with DLNA specifications). Dacché è stato sviluppato c’è stato un solo firmware upgrade, then focused on newer models. I found it odd that among the applications lacked just a browser and the possibility of streaming over LAN, and I wrote to Panasonic asking if it was my problem, or if they were not more developed applications. This is the answer:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for contacting us.

With regard to your request, Please note that the models of the S30 series do not support DLNA functions, nè l’applicazione web browser.

There are currently no firmware updates in order to impart these characteristics to the TV in your possession.

Yours sincerely.

Soon Panasonic

In fact it would not be very difficult for Panasonic to develop a browser for the S30 series, forse mi sbaglio ma l’hardware dei modelli subito successivi è grosso modo lo stesso.

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If Panasonic wants to answer are clearly available for an open.

Anyhow, if I want to see a video can download it from Youtube and view it offline via a USB stick (non tutti i video di Youtube sono accessibili dall’applicazione integrata, I think for a licensing issue). This TV, however, does not support encryption Youtube videos, you have to re-encode the video format “avi” with the following command:

ffmpeg -i *.flv -r ntsc -vcodec mpeg4 -ac 2 -acodec mp2-ar 48000 -ab 192k-f avi-vtag XVID testmp4.avi

As always use for encoding ffmpeg, the usual program “Swiss boxcutter” command line.


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eddie · 26 July 2015 at 8:01 PM

I ended up by chance on this page, I do not know if you still have that tv (once it lasted a tv 30 years, Now it changes every 2…)
but if you had still check it out

the tv already natively supports many features that are “locked” Factory, doing this procedure unlocks. Unfortunately no web browser (not avebbe no fix hardware to run on these TV) But remember, media center, etc. etc. is already a great deal compared to 4 menu items Native….

see you soon!

    TheJoe · 27 July 2015 at 12:39 PM

    Grande Eddie, TV I still have it and I followed the steps of the video that you entered… Actually unlocked de functionality you say.
    It amazes me that damn Panasonic install the same firmware on all its TV and activate certain features on TVs of a certain range. Because until recently I could not record?

Massimiliano Sfamurri · 25 July 2015 at 11:18 AM

I purchased a Panasonic Viera plasma in 2008 when I install the channels it takes a whole day to fix them in their order…. because there is no LCN, I saw that the television is like new and at the time I paid € 1,400, so you could do an update resolves this problem that I have thousands of people?

    TheJoe · 27 July 2015 at 12:37 PM

    It, Massimiliano… do not blame me. I raised the issue.

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