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4.0 out of 5 stars *Not* WiFi-Ready--yet, March 5, 2012
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This review is from: Panasonic VIERA TC-L37E5 37-Inch 1080p 60Hz Full HD IPS LED-LCD TV (2012 Model) (Electronics)
This TV provides an excellent picture, with a very wide viewing angle (for an LCD). However...

On page 63 of the manual, it says "The TV's internal software was designed to work with Panasonic's wireless adapter model DY-WL10." After trying three non-Panasonic wireless adapters just to see if they would work (they wouldn't), I purchased the Panasonic adapter, but, as the other reviewer discovered, the TV would not recognize the DY-WL10. Panasonic's Netconnect site covers only 2011 television models--nothing about 2012 models.

When I called Panasonic Support today, I was told that, no, the DY-WL10 isn't compatible with any of the 2012 Panasonic models. The model that the support rep recommended is the DY-WL5, which isn't available yet; I can't find it on Amazon, or even on Panasonic's own site. B&H Photo lists it for pre-order with a March 31st availability date. So, at least until that date, this TV cannot use a wireless connection.

Backup plan: I used a powerline ethernet adapter to connect the TV to my router. The TV recognized it easily, and it works fine in my house. But, as with all powerline products, your house's wiring must be pretty good for it to work well enough for video transfer.

[Edit 03/08/2012] As a commenter pointed out, the appropriate wireless adapter for this TV (and I assume all 2012 Panasonic WiFi-ready models) is the DY-WL20, not the DY-WL5. Of course, I can't find that model for sale either as of this moment.
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Initial post: Mar 8, 2012 11:05:35 AM PST
Rich says:
You need Panasonic TY-WL20 adapter for wifi to work. See compatibility chart pdf in product listing. The DY-WL5 is only for 2012 panasonic blu-ray players. I have seen most of the time these so called 'support guys' mislead if they are not sure.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2012 5:40:53 PM PST
Excellent information, thanks. That the DY-WL5 had a "5" in it (lower number than "10") seemed suspect, but I figured if a Panasonic rep said it... I think I'll stick with the powerline solution, but I'll amend my review with your update.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2012 1:17:26 PM PDT
GGobblin says:
No dieicated SLEEP button on remote - forces universal remote users to create macros for what should be a 1 button press, Very Annoying...

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 2:18:25 PM PDT
Mark Victor says:
Does this tv have backward facing speakers?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2012 11:19:50 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 14, 2012 10:19:33 AM PDT
The speakers face downward. The panel has two pronounced bulges at the bottom to accommodate the speakers, but they fire downward, not backward.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 6:03:48 PM PDT
G. Stover says:
Can you tell me if this TV has a matte screen or a glossy screen? I'm looking to buy either this or a similar Samsung, but need a matte screen. Thanks in advance.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2012 8:12:18 PM PDT
I'd say it's somewhere in between. It's not as glossy as some of the Sony panels that I've seen, but it's not as matte as, say, laptop LCDs from the early 2000s. It's somewhat reflective, but it's not mirror-like (like some of those Sony models).

Posted on Mar 16, 2012 11:24:33 AM PDT
I was wondering if the media player can play .avi files? The advert on Amazon says, " ...and more" and I was curious as to what "more" was.

Posted on Mar 16, 2012 7:31:57 PM PDT
A shopper says:
Does this TV have mercury in it?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2012 9:51:50 PM PDT
It can play at least some .avi files--but it will depend on what codec they use. The TV played some of the .avi files produced by my digital SLR (MPEG2 in an .avi file wrapper), but it would not play .avi files produced by my old DV camcorder (DV files in an .avi wrapper). And because the TV does not display file name extensions, it's hard to tell what's an .avi and what's not without going to the host computer and looking there.
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