BBC iPlayer On Panasonic From Mid-February?

Panasonic Freesat

It has been brought to our attention by one of our readers (thanks Mike!) that according to DTG, Panasonic’s current software version is due to be updated on Monday 15th February 2010.

We know that Panasonic have been working with the BBC to introduce iPlayer across their range of televisions (following Sony a few weeks back) but is this the date when it launches? We hope so!

We have contacted Panasonic and they have stated that they cannot release information coincidently until that very same date;

our 2010 line-up is under embargo until 9.00 GMT 15th Feb

We know quite a few of you have Panasonic televisions with Freesat built-in and are eagerly awaiting the availability of BBC iPlayer, so lets hope this is it!

70 thoughts on “BBC iPlayer On Panasonic From Mid-February?”

  1. Hi,

    Just got a new Panasonic L32G10B. Have plugged in a devolo system into my router and one next to the tv and connected the tv to the device via the LAN cable. How do I now get iplayer on my television?


  2. I purchased a 50″ Panasonic TV a couple of years ago and am still looking forward to BBC iPlayer. I recently purchased a Sony Blu Ray player to find it had BBC iPlayer with a really good picture which impressed my friends. I decided to upgrade the Sony with a Panasonic Blu Ray player as it will player SDHC cards from my Panasonic HD camcorder (brilliant). I was shocked not to see BBC iPlayer however. I can get BBC iPlayer from from Humax Freesat Recorder but the quality is not as good as the Sony. Has my investment in Panasonic equipment (I have lots) been justified? I saw a demo of Panasonic 3D recently but was not overly impressed with the 2D picture on the same TV. I have been buying Pansonic since forever. Should I have gone for Sony?

    David from Marsden

  3. I purchased a panasonic bs850 blue ray recorder in june this year and I am still waiting for the BBC I-PLAYER. I have contacted panasonic many times, and keep getting a feeble excuse about them still testing to their high standards.
    I was thinking of upgrading my Toshiba television to a Panasonic next year, but now I will definitely be looking at other options

  4. Received a letter today offering a refund on the DMR-850 Blu-Ray recorder purchased recently as BBC iPlayer will no longer be available on this PVR!

    Well done Panasonic, I guess my TV will not now receive it either.

    After 35years a customer (and a house full of their gear) I will never again buy a Panasonic item. This is the second time they have pulled this kind of stunt and shows their obvious contempt for their customers.

  5. i too have just received the same letter. it was one of the reasons why i bought the recorder in the first place. now what do i do? trade in for a later model or upgrade the television instead. Any advice?

  6. Melvyn….. Well I think I will keep ours as it still is good value, but as you will remember this was a selling point at the time and was a very attractive part of the deal. As I said we are in the same position with our TV a PZ model so we can take it as read it will not be updated! Another problem is the guide does not function on the banner around midnight either, guess we are stuck with this as well. So for me caught twice (it was similar with their first Freeview box) is quite enough, never again.

  7. hi ,
    have 2 panasonic screens freesat one being 46pz81 and one 32ldz any one know if the will get iplayer at any stage?

  8. Conor.
    I too have the 46PZ81.
    It looks like Panasonic are saying you’ll have it:
    Christmas 2008, Christmas 2009, January 2010, March 2010, June 2010, August 2010, September 2010, October 2010, Christmas 2010….
    Your guess is as good as anyones but I wouldn’t hold my breath! 🙁

  9. I have just received the following email from Panasonic which I hope some will find helpful.

    “I am pleased to confirm that a tentative release date for the update has been set:

    2009 models (DMR-BS850/DMR-BS750,DMR-XS350EB)

    21/02/2011 – available via Network download
    22/02/2011 – Over Air Download via satellite which will begin at 10:00am”

    Kind regards
    Mark Solesbury
    Customer Communications Centre
    Panasonic UK Ltd

  10. iPlayer for PZ81 models. Email from Panasonic Customer Service (?) Today 16th Feb 2011 – “Currently, we anticipate the provision of an upgrade for BBC iPlayer in September 2011. However, as always, this is subject to the testing required to ensure that it will not be detrimental to the product specification.”

    Hands up all those that will buy Panasonic again!

  11. I have a Panasonic Freesat TV model TX-L37G10B and when I plug in my ethernet cable to the set I get the message that I am not connected to the Internet. I assume that Panasonic have not yet been able to modify the software on this model to allow it to pick up the BBC I Player. Has anyone got an update on this?

  12. i have panasonic TX-32LZD81 have tried ethernet cable to broadband router but tv does not recognise device ( modern BT router) any hope in near future ??

  13. 17th December 2011. Have just tried to run BBC Iplayer on TX-32LZD81. Runs OK. No problems. My TV software is rev 2.606

  14. TV is Panasonic TX-L37G20BA and I’ve only just become aware of the catch up service on Freesat. It works fine on BBCi player and “Viera cast” but ITV player although listed in the channel numbers comes up “ITV player is not available on your TV” (or similar) I’ve done a hardware update in the last couple of days. Anyone got it working yet?

  15. How do I get ITVplayer on my Panasonic TV TX-32LZD81? BBC iplayer is fine. I am connected via Ethernet cable to my BT hub.

  16. Dan said:
    I’ve sent Panasonic 3 emails about when this is going to happen and they can’t be bothered to respond even with a ‘no comment’ As an ‘early’ adopter of Panasonic’s Freesat plasma it peeves me how long Panasonic have taken, take about last one to the party!

    I have a panasonic freesat tv ,I’ve had it 5 years this coming December.Will I qualify for a Freetime down load?

  17. 2014: BBC update iPlayer so it no longer works on many Smart TV’s. iPlayer website lists compatible TV’s but the Toshiba 32UL863 listed does not work now. Anyone know how to get this back on this model?

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