Disappointed with Viera Cast, but loving the TV and BluRay player
I just bought a CAST equipped TV and Blu Ray player. I had the wireless adapter on order, but by the time it came in I discovered that Netflix wasn't going to be available in Canada any time soon and that the available content was really very limited. However, my laptop, which is on my wireless network, has an HDMI output, so I just plugged it into one of the outlets and I can display everything I get on my computer on the TV, so I cancelled the order for the adapter, as in exchange for the minimal effort of carrying my laptop downstairs and hooking up a cable I had access to the whole internet. They're great TVs and BluRay players, even if CAST is a bit limited in Canada -- but as this site seems to be monitored by folks from Panasonic -- I'd buy the dongle if you ever add a streaming movie site!
I'm totally new to the whole "web-cast" thing - so is my understanding correct that Panasonic "decides" what services we can access ( through firmware upgrades I guess ) and that we cannot add services ourselves ( like Netflix ) through this interface ?
Don't hold your breath! Panasonic made a lot of promises that we are all waiting for. I own a Panasonic TV with Viera Cast since 2009 and still wait for content that meet any audience expectation! Out of the 8 services provided (Pandora is not available), 2 are german. Netflix is available outside of Canada. Latest information I got from Panasonic pointed that the third party responsible for the app development was not working in any further development. And I doubt that Panasonic Canadian direction is working to improve the service offer! or even look to have existing app made available in Canada. Great product but poor customer support!
I asked Panasonic about the DT30 TVs and Netflix
Thank you for your e-mail. Please be advised our 2011 televisions that support Easy IPTV or Viera Connect in Canada will not be compatible with Netflix as Netflix Canada has chosen a software protocol in Canada which isn't supported by our Viera TV product line up. One can get Netflix through our 2011 Panasonic Blu-ray Players connected to a Viera TV through HDMI.