Slaves2Darkness: Why would I waste a lot of time trying to duplicate capabilities I all ready posses?
janeuner: I just set up a Viera E50 as a standalone media renderer in my family room. It replaced an LCD+HTPC setup.Once folk get a sense of the capabilities, TFA will be dead wrong. The Netflix/Amazon/Pandora apps get used daily, but those really aren't the hook. The sweetness of the deal is the DLNA client plus the availability of cheap, huge HDDs. One can use MakeMKV to get raw rips of their DVD/Bluray collection for immediate playback, then queue up Handbrake to compress them down to storage size (800mb for 480p DVDs, ~3GB for 1080p Bluray).But I'll admit; an XBMC client app for the TV would be effin sweet. I wonder if the legalese would bar such a thing from Panasonic's app store....?
mayIFark: Smart TV's are good for one thing, streaming. Makes it so much easier to ditch the cable./Why are cables so expensive anyway?
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