watty wrote: »
you need a separate PSU.
USB sockets can only reliably power low performance HDD, or else the socket can supply more than the USB 2.0 spec.
This is why many drives come with a Y USB cable to get more than 500mA. In the case of the TV the 2nd connector needs a USB socket +5V PSU. But usually there is a jack socket for power too.
"plug and play" is marketing nonsense when applied to USB HDD.
buggane wrote: »
Oh forgot to say I have the GT30 (but I think its the same spec broadly as the VT). Incidentally I thought on the VT you could also record to the SD card (a function the GT does not have)?
The Buffalo HDD I use is 500 GB mini station and I believe that Panasonic reccommended Buffalo HDDs for use with their TVs although my local dealers says other (cheaper) HDDs also work adequately (being unadventurous I stuck with the Pany advice).
As indicated no problems, recording as good as the original, no glitches, failed record etc - works well!
buggane wrote: »
As I indicated in the earlier post I use a Buffalo Ministation 500 HDD I read somewhere (I think it was TRUSTED REVIEWS) that Panasonic reccommended this type and other makes had config problems.
It's the compact model (no seperate power) just usb connect.
Incidentally my TV supplier insisted this was not the case and most HDDs would work - however I stuck with the original info and (touch wood) no problems at all with the Buffalo.
By the way I have read somewhere that larger capacity HDDS (1Tb upwards) can have problems - again don't know if this is an old wives tale!
I have two Buffalos now - also one on my Spiderbox and no problems with either - although a previous HDD (forget the make now) just would not work with the Spider.
I appreciate there's limitations on the Pany for recording to HDD and watching another channel but really if your going for kit like this generally you can hook something in (in my case a Spider and a Skybox) so the issue of recording from the inset Freesat or Freeview tuner is not a problem
Anyway good luck!
creedp wrote: »
Thanks for information. Im not very up to-date on this stuff and as the instruction manual didn't refer to a specific brand and the guy in Maplins was of the view that any HDD would work then I went ahead with the Core. Of course subsequently when I queried this with another guy in the same store he looked at me strangely and said HDD's are designed to be used only with PC's and I must be the only person who uses them with a TV. I must say I was pretty gobsmacked by this revelation (cos Im certaintly not someone who could be described as an inovator or an early adopter!!) and left him be but I must go back and clarify this again with the inhouse experts.
Its kind of bizarre that a TV manufacturer can effectively tie you to one brand of HDD - can't imagine a PC manufacturer getting way with that one!
buggane wrote: »
dont want to bore you to death on this but here's another quote identifying this Panasonic TV problem with HDD storage record/playback - again its TRUSTED REVIEWS and both the quotes are from Jan/Feb 2011:
"Other signs of the L37V20B’s premium status find it allowing you to record video - including HD video - from the built-in tuners to USB hard disk drives. So long, that is, as the HDD is one of Buffalo’s JustStore models - a rather limiting approach to recording that looks particularly curious when considered against Samsung’s much more open TV recording system."
Trouble with Panasonic is they make an excellent TV (although I did toy with the idea of switching to Samsung this time) but they are crap at customer support and they have these annoying quirks.
LazySamaritan wrote: »
This is an old thread but I figured better to bump it than create a new one.
I was just looking at TVs online and saw one of those Pansonics that can record to a USB hard drive.
Will it record anything that is on the screen like gameplay from an xBox, BBC iPlayer streaming from an iPad, etc.
I tried to find more info on Google but not getting what I need.
andy1249 wrote: »
They record from the TV tuner only.