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Panasonic DMR-BWT955GL

Panasonic DMR-BWT955GL Questions & Answers

MPN: DMRBWT955GL
4.0 from 23 reviews

133 questions from our users

1. Can the 8 number of USB hard drives be exceeded? 2. If my BWT955 failsin future , what replacement unit can enable me to play the 8 units.
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Hi Gunawan, no you are unable to exceed 8 USB hard drives. If there is a failure of your recorder, you will lose the information stored on the hard drive as they are formatted to this unit only. It is recommended anything valuable is backed up.

How can I extend recording time on a DMR-BWT955 to get end of program
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Hi Val. You can extend the time of recording by using your up arrow when you move across to the end time using the right arrow. Hope this makes sense. When recording, I choose the program from the tv guide and when the details appear on the screen, I tab across to the end time using the right arrow on my remote and then use the up arrow on my remote to extend the time of the recording.Many thanks for your help Lou. I was looking for something in 'Settings'. ValHi Lou, Have sorted this out myself. Go into Set Up - Select Basic Settings: HDD: Settings for Recording: adjust Buffer times as desired. Val

I have a newly purchased DMR-BWT955 and recently transferred AVCHD video files from an SD card to the HDD then attempted to write them to a Toshiba USB 3.0 HDD which had been registered on the the machine but it wont do it and comes back with the message, "title that cant be copied to USB HDD is selected". Can you please shed some light on why this would occur and what the solution is. Thanks. Regards Barry Lamont
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how to series record on DMR-BWT955Hi Barry, could you please confirm the Toshiba USB HDD has an external power source? This is required for being able to use the HDD on the recorder.No the HDD has a USB connection only

how do i get 9now and 7plus onto my panasonic dmr-bwt955 recorder
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I Suggest you Contact Panasonic customer service team on 132600 and see what they tell you. I have written previous replies about the Panasonic DMR-BWT955 as it appears to have an Out of Date Browser which is hampering full access to Modern Streaming Web Sites. The Old sites were HTTP sites and now they are HTTPS sites but the Old Panasonic Browser doesn't know what to do with the New Format. (To prove it you can test this on other devices,You should find you can access streaming sites with an Ipad or Laptop or Desktop because the Browser is Up to date). So STREAMING is virtually useless for this Unit if this is what you wanted it for. Again get Panasonic to advise you and let the Product Review know of your Answer. Good Luck. Panasonic Needs to update it's software but hasn't done so in Years relating to the Streaming Function.thanks for the info, i will follow up and see what response i get

Why is there no code to operate a Panasonic TV from this Panasonic recorder DMR-BWT955 remote. Can the remote operate a Panasonic TV?
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hi there, all you need to do is choose the viera link under the connection menu, HDMI connection sub menu.Sorry Lou, that's just connecting to view on the TV. It's not controlling the TV functions.Well, according to the specs for my Panasonic TV TH-49GX600A it does not support viera (Darn!) I have to use the CEC function on the TV remote to control the recorder instead and which is very complicated.

Can someone tell me, if I can use the DMR-BWT955 (which shows a 4K-symbol on it's front lid) to play a 4K blu ray? I would have thought so, without doubt, but I just got my first 4K blu ray disc and it does not play. I read again the manual, and it only mentions that 4K-images (does that mean still-images?) can be played or home-made 4K movies... Can it really be that this so highly advanced 4K blu ray recorder cannot play 4K movies on 4K blu ray discs? I even just updated the firmware to 1.24 just now, hoping this would solve the issue, but it does not....
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I had an allied issue with trying to play MKV video files that were encoded with the latest 4K codec. The answer that came back on this forum from Panasonic was that the unit would not play them and there were no plans to upgrade the firmware to do so. I think the 4K logo you refer to may relate to the unit's upscaling abilities rather than it being able to cope with 4K discs or media files.Hi Tattz, thanks for the reply. Yes you are right. Meanwhile I found the answer myself as well - This recorder is for sale via JB Hifi as well, and they have a very good description of the functions - here's what they wrote: "The BWT955 features 4K Video Playback* with native 4K pictures,...4K Direct Chroma Up-scaling... Highly Realistic Image. The new UniphierLSI Chip uses unique picture-enhancing technology to convert BD content into 4K images..... Both detail and colour reproduction levels are four times as high as Full-HD, for truly beautiful images..... *Does not play 4K Blu-ray discs." Cheers, PeterThis actually prompts the question to the Panasonic representative: The fact, that this "4K" device cannot play 4K discs...: Is that a hardware problem or a software problem? If it is a software problem: Given, that Panasonic wrote in huge letters "4K" onto the front lid: Would it not be an image-preserving no-brainer to fix the problem with a firmware-update? Cheers, Peter

My BWT955 is also shutting down/jamming for no apparent reason, after a few years of heavy use, admittedly. It sometimes just freezes on a live channel; freezes while playing something; or just stops recording on its own and turns itself off. To get it going again, I have to unplug it and plug it in again, then it sometimes takes many minutes to reboot. I've given up recording on it, because I can't rely on it, and I'll try to get it fixed after I've watched the 20-odd movies I've got recorded on it. :-) Also, prior to this big problem, even when new, it would stop sending the sound out of the av outputs for no reason. Once again, I had to unplug it to reboot, then the sound would come back. I'm very disappointed, considering the price, and because my 2 older models (XW350 and XW385) have never faulted. I've gone back to recording on my older XW385 for now which, by the way, has a couple of things I prefer over the newer blingier model.
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Hi Mark, sorry to hear about the issues with your recorder. Please contact our customer service team on 132600 and we can provide you details for your nearest service centre.

Hi, This would be a question to the Panasonic Specialist here: I love the DMR-BWT955, as you can also read in my 2016 review. But I just came across a weak point and wonder, if there is a solution: My old 2 tuner Panasonic recorder did have an HDMI output and a Super-VHS output: one to TV and one to projector. My 2-tuner recorder died when lightning struck. The new DMR-BWT955 (I have now 2 of those) has only 1 output, an HDMI output (I would really expect 2 HDMI outputs...) I ordered meanwhile 4 different HDMI splitters from eBay, hoping that this would sole the issue, but it does not. Even just using the splitter and connecting one cable to the TV (and not even a the second cableconnected at all - which would go to the projector) causes picture drop-outs every 10 seconds or so (or worse). Thus, what can I do to create a necessary second HDMI output? Cheers, Peter
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Hi Peter, sorry to hear about the problems you have experienced trying to find a solution. Unfortunately if the HDMI splitter isn't working as a solution, the only option is to change the cable when you use the TV or the projector. Sorry we aren't able to offer an alternative solution.Hi, Thanks for the reply. I was kind of afraid that that is the case - and that is what I am currently doing (changing cables)... It might be an idea to pass this issue on to your design team to make sure that there are 2 HDMI outputs on future models. Thanks, PeterThanks Peter, we have passed the details on.

Hi there, Steve here I would like get a keyboard and mouse for my panasonic dmr-bwt955 instead of the remote control
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Not sure what you are asking? There is an on screen keyboard in the recording menu.An onscreen keyboard using the remote control?IFI have 2 usb2. highspeed ports I should be able to connect a usb adapter right?

I have a panasonic dmr-bwt450. All of of a sudden the unit switched off and when i turned it back on, all the already recorded programs were gone, I only had a few short movies on there. When i try to recorded anything it says not enough space on hdd and it won't record. I tried factory shipping reset thing but hasn't made a difference. I also tried turning off at powerpoint and back on again to no avail. Any ideas of whats wrong
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Hi Rudolph, not able to help you, but I am sure the Panasonic representative will answer your question shortly. They are very good at monitoring this page and respond quickly. Other than that, you could contact the service department listed in your unit manual. Hope all works out for you.Hi Rudolph, apologies but it sounds like your product may have developed a fault. You have done the usual trouble shooting steps we would recommend. Please contact our customer service team and we can provide you the details for the nearest service centre to inspect your unit.

I have just bought a DMRBWT955. It can record three at once. Can I record two and watch TV at the same time? Better still, canIi record three and watch live TV at the same time? Ted M
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Yes, you can record three channels and watch live TV simultaneously... Assuming you can find three shows on FTA TV worth recording!Hi Ted, I presume you can watch tv through your recorder and record two programs at the same time. I you want to record three programs than you would pre-record thru the tv guide and then switch off the recorder and watch tv separately.It works like that: If you record 3 programs at the same time, you can choose only 1 of those three programs for watching at the same time (when watching on your TV what ever signal comes from the DMR-BWT955), because the DMR-BWT955 has 3 tuners (and not four). However, you can select on your TV to watch TV directly (instead of the signal coming form the DMR-BWT955) and thus what any channel via the tuner of your TV (your fouth tuner, if you will). Cheers, Peter

I have 2 Panasonic twin tuners, model number DMR-BWT460 and one of them only 7 months old is playing up. the tv signal is strong but sometimes it will record sometimes it won’t. I am thinking one of the hard drives has packed up?
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Hi Shez, please contact our customer service team on 132600 to discuss further.

I have a panasonic dmr-bwt955 blu ray recorder and a Regza tv. All were working fine until I went on holidays and turned off the power point. Now the sound and video are out of sync and I cannot fix. How do I overcome this problem?
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Hi Diane, sorry it is difficult to answer your question here, please contact our customer service team on 132600 for further assistance.Hi. The BWT955 has a sound delay function, which goes up to a delay of 250 milliseconds, which is longer than it sounds. To adjust the delay, press "function menu" on the remote, select "setup" on the screen, then "basic settings", then "sound", then scroll down and select "audio delay", then adjust with the left/right arrows, then "exit". That said, I can't say that yours doesn't have a fault.

Just bought and set up a Panasonic DMR-BWT955. Tried to manually program a timer recording. Opened Timer recording dialogue box. Entered Channel, Start and Stop times. Clicked on Title Name to open text editing window. Entered title name. Clicked 'Finish', to take me back to the Timer Recording dialogue box. From this point there are only 2 options available: either to press OK or to press RETURN. If I press OK, I get bounced back into the Title Name Editing dialogue box. If I click RETURN, it goes to the Recorder Scheduling list, but the programme I have just selected does not appear. And so it does not record the program. What am I missing? Greg
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Press the right arrow to move through the set up series, First is the Channel, set that, then right Arrow, set the start time, right arrow to set the finish time, right arrow, leave 'Conv.' off, right arrow to 'Title', then the 'OK' (centre) button, then key in the title moving the cursor around with the arrows. The bottom left key makes a space. (If you make a mistake move the cursor to 'Delete' and press 'OK' to remove it. (You can also correct earlier mistakes by navigating to the error.) Continue to complete the title, then select 'Finish'. Click on right arrow to move to the red box 'All digital channels'. (Don't alter this unless you have a satellite and an antenna in tandem.) Now right arrow to the the green box 'Date'. If you only wish to record one time then hit 'OK' and the programme will be saved. If you wish it to be recorded weekly then press the green button once. then hit 'OK'' and the programme will be saved. (Except when shown above the 'OK' button will always save what you have entered to that point. so accidentally pressing it will save prematurely.)Thank you very much. It was that last bit -- right-clicking to the green DATE tab -- that I missed. Problem solved.

I’d like to know what apps are available for Australia.
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It comes with YouTube and iView plus a few other obscure ones that you're never likely to want or use. As far as I know you cannot download any others and the built-in firmware will not handle the more modern MKV files that contain the codec designed for 4K video.Peter, I Suggest you Contact Panasonic customer service team on 132600 and see what they tell you. I have written previous replies about the Panasonic DMR-BWT955 as it appears to have an Out of Date Browser which is hampering full access to Modern Streaming Web Sites. The Old sites were HTTP sites and now they are HTTPS sites but the Old Panasonic Browser doesn't know what to do with the New Format. (You can access streaming sites with an Ipad or Laptop because the Browser is Up to date). So STREAMING is virtually out for this Unit if this is what you wanted it for. Again get Panasonic to advise you and let the Product Review know of your Answer. Good Luck. The Apps you mention are all out of Date on the Panasonic and no updated Firmware has been provided to correct issues that people are having in trying to use their Panasonic as a Media Centre. Come On PANASONIC you can do it.

I have just bought the DMR-BWT955 today. It’s a great unit however when I try to play a blu ray I get no sound. The weird thing is it won’t work when I put the blu ray into the machine and it auto loads but then when it comes up to the menu for me to select play or scene etc the sound works. However, I then select play and the sound won’t work for the movie. Any ideas or should I just take it back to the shop? Apart from this the machine and sound works great when watching the tv and recording from the HDD. After writing this I thought i would try playing a DVD and this worked fine. Any reason why my Aussie Blu rays won’t play with sound?
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Hi Michael, please give our customer service team a call on 132600 with all if the details of the products you are trying to connect and we will assist you

can I connect wy fi infer red earphones to this pvr
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The DMR-BWT955GL has Normal RCA Audio Out Sockets on the Back of the Unit so you would have to setup a conversion to Convert the RCA output to 3.5mm Socket that is standard for most Powered Infra Red Transmitter interfaces. It all depends on what Infra Red Headphone Interface Transmitter you have. Usually they are setup to be plugged into the Headphone Socket of the associated TV however a lot of Modern TV's don't have a socket and if you use it the TV Speakers are Disconnected. I hope the info helps you a bit. Also a response I gave elsewhere: On the other hand Bluetooth is not available on the Panasonic DMR-BWT955 but there are numerous External Bluetooth Transmitters available on the Internet with a power supply or USB powered that would allow the transmitter to be connected to the RCA Sockets (Audio Out) on the rear of the Panasonic DMR-BWT955 Unit and that would transmit to Bluetooth compatible Headphones. (I assume you realise that the Headphones would be Battery Powered and a Recharging Dock of some type would be required and I assume you are talking about 2 sets of headphones in case someone else wants to listen in as well) If you look on Ali express for Instance and do a search for Bluetooth Transmitters you should find dozens of listed Transmitters for around $25 delivered, but you would need to get a good quality unit that has Low Latency ( avoids Lip sync problems) and that is capable of transmitting to 2 Headphones at the same time and has the ability to be connected via RCA Plugs to the DMR-BWT955 or connect via TOSLINK optical fibre between units. Most modern Televisions don’t have an Earphone Socket and the Panasonic DMR-BWT955 doesn’t have one either so that restricts the ability to connect the various types of Headphones that are available via a 3.5mm plug and if one was on your TV and used it would shut off the Normal TV Speakers. In other words you will need to do some home work, research to find out what is compatible with your requirements. Jaycar Electronics Australia have Bluetooth Headphones $49/set with 300mah Polymer Li-ion Battery but you would still need to buy a Bluetooth Transmitter via Ali express or other preferred Internet seller.Hi Brucyj, no you are not able to connect infa red ear phones to your recorder.

can I use infra red headphones on this recorder
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The DMR-BWT955GL has Normal RCA Audio Out Sockets on the Back of the Unit so you would have to setup a conversion to Convert the RCA output to 3.5mm Socket that is standard for most Powered Infra Red Transmitter interfaces. It all depends on what Infra Red Headphone Interface Transmitter you have. Usually they are setup to be plugged into the Headphone Socket of the associated TV however a lot of Modern TV's don't have a socket and if you use it the TV Speakers are Disconnected. I hope the info helps you a bit. Also a response I gave elsewhere: On the other hand Bluetooth is not available on the Panasonic DMR-BWT955 but there are numerous External Bluetooth Transmitters available on the Internet with a power supply or USB powered that would allow the transmitter to be connected to the RCA Sockets (Audio Out) on the rear of the Panasonic DMR-BWT955 Unit and that would transmit to Bluetooth compatible Headphones. (I assume you realise that the Headphones would be Battery Powered and a Recharging Dock of some type would be required and I assume you are talking about 2 sets of headphones in case someone else wants to listen in as well) If you look on Ali express for Instance and do a search for Bluetooth Transmitters you should find dozens of listed Transmitters for around $25 delivered, but you would need to get a good quality unit that has Low Latency ( avoids Lip sync problems) and that is capable of transmitting to 2 Headphones at the same time and has the ability to be connected via RCA Plugs to the DMR-BWT955 or connect via TOSLINK optical fibre between units. Most modern Televisions don’t have an Earphone Socket and the Panasonic DMR-BWT955 doesn’t have one either so that restricts the ability to connect the various types of Headphones that are available via a 3.5mm plug and if one was on your TV and used it would shut off the Normal TV Speakers. In other words you will need to do some home work, research to find out what is compatible with your requirements. Jaycar Electronics Australia have Bluetooth Headphones $49/set with 300mah Polymer Li-ion Battery but you would still need to buy a Bluetooth Transmitter via Ali express or other preferred Internet seller.Hi Brucyj, no you are not able to connect infa red ear phones to your recorder.

This is probably a question for the guys from Panasonic. I encountered an issue recently whereby my BWT955GL would not play certain MKV files via my home WiFi (DLNA) system. Investigation showed that the files contained the H265 codec which was apparently introduced to cope with the new 4K television format. I managed to get around the issue by transcoding the files in Handbrake to produce MKV files with an H264 codec that played fine, however it would be good not to have to go through this step as we will start to see more MKV files with the H265 codec in the future. Do Panasonic intend to release a firmware upgrade for the BWT955GL that will allow it to play the newer format files that contain an H265 codec?
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Hi I must be doing something wrong tuning my new DVD BWT955, I can’t seem to pick up any of the free to air Chanel 80’s? The TV is picking them up but not the DVD player both TV and DVD are new. Please help Thank you
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The 80's ch's are WIN TV (CH36) in the 585.50 Mhz Band. Maybe you have a Faulty Aerial Connector on the back of the BWT955 that is restricting that particular Freq Range with that particular Brand of New TV across the aerial especially if you have a Powered Mast Head Amplifier. Otherwise Have a Look in the Software side via the Remote Control in the Function Menu at the Basic Settings, Digital TV Tuning, Digital TV Channel List and note if the 80's channels are listed and if they are (Ticked) otherwise do another Auto Tune and see what happens. Good Luck.Hi Kathleen, if you have no luck with the response above, please call or customer service team on 132600.

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