Panasonic Twin HDFreesat 250GB HDD Blu-ray Recorder + 3 Free Blu-rays inc. Avatar £405.94 @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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Been watching this for a while and this is the cheapest I have seen it. It was the first home Blu-ray recorder with the added bonus of having twin FreesatHD tuners and a 250GB hard drive. Gets some good reviews, but it is not without flaws.

Oh and there is an offer for 3 free Blu-rays (by redemption - just need to pay p&p)

Amazon prices tend to fluctuate, so get in early.

Product Features and Technical Details
Product Features

* Integrated TunerTwin Freesat
* Hard Drive Capacity250GB
* AudioDolby Digital Plus/Dts HD/Dolby True HD
* Recording FormatBD-RE/BD-RE DL/BD-R/BD-R DL/DVD-R/RW/DL/DVD-RAM

* High Definition Recording & Playback onto Blu-ray DiscTM and HDD
* Compatible with VIERA CAST (YouTubeTM, PicasaTM etc)
* Faithful and Sharp Colour Reproduction with PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus/ P4HD
* Compatible with Freesat+
* VIERA Link (HDAVI Control4)

Until the 31st July 2010, you can claim 3 free gift copy of Fantastic Mr Fox, Minority Report and Avatar Blu-ray movies with selected Panasonic Blu-ray products.

How to claim

1. Add your chosen Panasonic Blu-ray product from below to your basket by clicking "Add to Basket", follow the checkout process and confirm your order.

2. Once you have received your item, fill in a form that is available here (what's this?).

3. For redemption of 3 Blu-ray DVDs please post your completed claim form, a copy of your invoice and a stamped address envelope with postage affixed to the value of £2.24 for the UK and 3.41 for ROI to the address below. For redemption of Avatar Blu-ray disc only postage will differ, therefore please affix to the value of £1.72 for the UK and 2.15 for ROI:

Blu-ray Film Promotion
Panasonic UK,
PO Box 716,
High Wycombe,
HP11 1XT

Restrictions apply, please see the full terms and conditions on the claim form here (what's this?), only valid for purchases between 1st May 2010 and 31st July 2010.
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#1
Waiting for the Freeview version, due out next month ...

Good price for this though - heat added.
#2
Nice price but these are ooolldd and have clunky menus. Not voted either way.
#3
I think its worth waiting, I have a feeling the price of this sort of thing will fall quite soon.
Not voting BTW.
#4
Cold for me because it's got far too much happening (and I'm sure it's not that well done with the GUI) and it's way overpriced. It's trying to be too much to too many people. I don't think Panasonic is well known for Freesat/Freeview recoders either. Better people out there.

I think if you look through everything it does and think 'it's for me' you've just had your house robbed of all the electrical items and want a quick solution or live in a caravan ie you might think it replaces multiple things or live in a very small space.

Mind also you need a satellite dish (Sky will do for most people but you'll need a dual LNB to record/watch at the same time). And there's not much HD on Freesat either.

£150: I'd consider it but since it doesn't do multiregion Blu-ray or DVD I'd add that to a list of others things it can't do and would expect for £400+.
#5
Fujioka;8603599
I don't think Panasonic is well known for Freesat/Freeview recoders either. Better people out there.


Check the reviews on Amazon for Panasonic Freeview recorders etc, then you might think differently :roll:
Ive got the new DMR89 DVD recorder btw and its fantastic, No Freeze ups like the Humax, If its as good as that with blu ray plus HD and twin tuners then its worth the investment.
#6
Are there any facilities to transfer HD < -> optical or are these totaslly independent?
#7
The only problem I have with all-in-one units like this is what happens if one element breaks down? The whole lot has to the go back, and even worse if it's out of warranty, would prefer to get seperates myself.
1 Like #8
Why did they only stick a 250GB disk in this? The difference in price between a 250GB drive and a 1TB one is not a lot these days and if you're going to spend £400+ an extra few quid on a bigger HDD isn't going to break the bank!
#9
I've had a problem in the past with a Panasonic power supply; so I'd be a little cautious about buying a box with lots of tricks (albeit tempting) AND is very expensive.

Question. Are there any Freeview boxes which allow dub from HD -> Bluray. I know this has been impossible before (HD/DVD different MPEG formats). Just wondering if the new Freeview boxes with Bluray allow direct dub of HD material...
#10
Musicrab
I've had a problem in the past with a Panasonic power supply; so I'd be a little cautious about buying a box with lots of tricks (albeit tempting) AND is very expensive.

Question. Are there any Freeview boxes which allow dub from HD -> Bluray. I know this has been impossible before (HD/DVD different MPEG formats). Just wondering if the new Freeview boxes with Bluray allow direct dub of HD material...


Don't think so due to DRM restrictions
#11
Cant see my self coughing out 400 quid for recording BBC HD / iTV HD / Channel 4HD
is a bit too much.. (yes you can record on blu ray etc)


I can see how this is a good deal These boxes started off being 900quid..
not for me..
#12
best building your own htpc and can do lot more then this with windows 7 mce can even use sky sub
#13
Do people really think freeview is going to be packed full of HD channels :whistling:

I think many are going to be dissapointed !!!

I myself have enjoyed freesat HD for over a year now , in full 1080p , sports , films , nature programs the lot , all for free , ( no sky subs)

Along with BBCi player via my Humax HD freesat receiver

As for freesat HD content look here
http://www.freesat.co.uk/index.php?page=whatson.HDschedule

Also imho , freesat picture quality is better than freeview , even though I have a high spec freeview digi ariel fitted.

I suggest you go to a freinds house who has freesat HD and take a look for yourselfs , i think many will be suprised :)
#14
this is freesat not freeview
#15
my response is to those who feel its worth waiting for HD freeview !!!
#16
cbrpaul;8604176
my response is to those who feel its worth waiting for HD freeview !!!


ok cool yes sat is the way to go
#17
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkQjY8uErVQ
your see bit my tv setup here you dont need the gaming pc you see in vid ignore that bit anyone intrested doing the same pm if need help can even build for you

thats how i watch tv pc hidden behind tv no need build small pc normal cheap case does job as dont see it then just have infer red next to tv coming from pc for the remote it does everything HD sat tv with your sky sub (thats extra can use freesat if all you need) backs up dvds / blurays cds etc saves me having to use the disc to keep them in new condition also the tv guide epg etc in windows 7 is superb so easy to use even my mum 60 finds it realy easy to set up recordings etc

i decided to this as i cant stand the sky hd boxes and find picture quality alot better on the htpc
#18
bad camera = fail.
music = epic fail.

#19
cbrpaul
Do people really think freeview is going to be packed full of HD channels :whistling:

I think many are going to be dissapointed !!!

I myself have enjoyed freesat HD for over a year now , in full 1080p , sports , films , nature programs the lot , all for free , ( no sky subs)

Along with BBCi player via my Humax HD freesat receiver

As for freesat HD content look here
http://www.freesat.co.uk/index.php?page=whatson.HDschedule

Also imho , freesat picture quality is better than freeview , even though I have a high spec freeview digi ariel fitted.

I suggest you go to a freinds house who has freesat HD and take a look for yourselfs , i think many will be suprised :)


Freesat was is and still will be 1080i
#20
z00h
Freesat was is and still will be 1080i


Yes, Freesat HD, Freeview HD and SkyHD is just HD = half definition = 720p.

They might like saying "HD" but I saw that on a pair of Poundland headphones (HD Audio) the other day. The only place to get real HD is Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Blu-ray, HD-DVD or files from or off your PC (or a flash drive or media hard drive of some sort).

Anything else is marketing lies mixed in with ignorance. 1080p is a localised format for the moment.

Saying that, HD Freesat/Sky etc all look very very nice. But they're not full HD.
#21
Fujioka
Yes, Freesat HD, Freeview HD and SkyHD is just HD = half definition = 720p.

They might like saying "HD" but I saw that on a pair of Poundland headphones (HD Audio) the other day. The only place to get real HD is Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Blu-ray, HD-DVD or files from or off your PC (or a flash drive or media hard drive of some sort).

Anything else is marketing lies mixed in with ignorance. 1080p is a localised format for the moment.

Saying that, HD Freesat/Sky etc all look very very nice. But they're not full HD.


Noob. 1080i is full HD, 1080 lines displayed at any one time after de-interlacing.
#22
swampy_donkey
Noob. 1080i is full HD, 1080 lines displayed at any one time after de-interlacing.


That's not my understanding as it's notprogressive ie it's interlaced so it's not full HD (and full HD = 1080p (p= progressive)).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1080p

Enlighten us oh wise one. We are here but only to learn from the greatly enriched people who are better educated amongst us.
#23
Now £399.95 delivered from Amazon marketplace seller Lets Go Digital (genuine retailer). Offer for free blu-rays still applies.

To all the criticism, Panasonic are a first class brand..

Cost of equivalent seperates:-

FreesatHD twin tuner HDD recorder - £200+ (Humax 320GB is c. £230 - downside is that you can't record from an external source which you can with the Panasonic);

Panasonic Blu-Ray player with YouTube playback - c.£150 (e.g. Panasonic DMP-BD65EB-K);

Blu-Ray recorder - N/A - there is no other commercially available Blu-Ray recorder!

DVD equivalent of the above is £360, so basically around £40 more for the Blu-ray functionality.

This could potentially replace two maybe three boxes under your TV (and the cables that come with them). If only they had made it a home cinema system!
#24
Yes, very tempting. Review http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/dvdpvr/0,39030416,49302285-1,00.htm (@£900).

It's for a VERY specific buyer though at that price and further consider it's 12 months' old.

I personally would love it but it doesn't quite do it for me at the price. The Blu-ray recorder alone makes it very attractive (a PC burner would cost at least £140 still I reckon).

I wonder how easy it is to get get ripped Blu-ray or other HD content on to the HDD and then on to a Blu-ray ROM disc? I wonder if there's any internal (Macrosvision) restricting this sort of thing. I'd like to know. Would also be nice to get some very detailed reviews and comments from owners -but there won't be too many.

Lovely bit of kit. There's a 500GB model too.

http://www.panasonic.co.uk/html/en_GB/GB_DMR-BS750/index.html

Some excellent (must-read for potential buyers) comment from owners [url]www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B001Y8Y7XI/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1[/url] -note the restrictions about gettin some TV content on to disc (not disk). That is a let down and wonder if there's other restrictions.

There's 2 new models due but that wouldn't put me off buying this as I can't think of anything better except newer/quicker/quieter Blu-ray drives. Anything else would be cosmetic, fixed by firmware (on this model) or just a rehash of restrictions.
#25
This is now available from Amazon the highly rated marketplace seller 123Electricals4me for £376.71 delivered. The new model will be available next month for about £650. For the extra cash I have read that it will also act as a media server and will have high speed archiving (one of the problems with the current model is the slow archiving)
#26
cbrpaul
Do people really think freeview is going to be packed full of HD channels :whistling:


Oh dear, you've embarrassed yourself a bit, there! Freesat doesn't really have that much more than Freeview has unless you're going to spend a lot of time watching the Islam channel, or other such obscurities.

It's much of a muchness; there isn't much in it. Personally? I'll wait for Freeview HD PVRs to come out shortly. They will be cheaper than this. And who's going to record to BluRay anyway, really? Come on.
#27
I just clicked the "go to deal" link and it seems it's £369.99 right now on Amazon!

Sorry - that's for an Amazon trader - not Amazon itself.
#28
nodge
Waiting for the Freeview version, due out next month ...

Good price for this though - heat added.


Why wait for freeview version, any reason.. has freeview HD got any advantage over freesat HD? apart from needing a dish
#29
i have just got one of these, not from amazon mind. but i have found it great. my last one was beyond economic repair so has the insurance company pay halve the price.

it is a lot of money and it needs to be what you are after. myself. i wanted DVD recorder with upscaling and hard drive. with mutipul input options and the blu ray recorder makes things easier for me with my HD camcorder.

You can not record HD into the unit other than from the free sat. so SKY HD you cannot record in HD to the hard drive but the standard def image is very good. much improved over my old Toshiba DVD HDD recorder (when it was working). similarly recording VHS to this unit in my opinion make the image very good compared to other is have used or seen.

im very happy with it.
#30
£369.99 now.... Oops just noticed someone said that already..... not Amazon seller either - Ignore me! ;)
#31
swampy_donkey;8606962
Noob. 1080i is full HD, 1080 lines displayed at any one time after de-interlacing.



http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/3877/facepalmgp.jpg
#32
swampy_donkey
Noob. 1080i is full HD, 1080 lines displayed at any one time after de-interlacing.


http://kevinrobinson.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/epic_fail.jpg
#33
Does this or any similar device allow the user to save recorded programmes to an external hard drive through USB? I don't really want to record to blu-ray discs. Internal hard drives are fantastic for short-term recordings, but for anything to be kept the problem is that being all programmes are lost when the device breaks down or gets upgraded. The ability to download programmes through USB then upload to a replacement device, or a PC, would be great.
#34
Does this come with a Panasonic warranty? If so, how long is the warranty?

Richer Sounds are doing it for £399.95.

http://www.richersounds.com/product/blu-ray/panasonic/dmrbs750-mr/pana-dmrbs750-mr
#35
This deal didn't last long, it's up to £428.36 on Amazon. Strange that a deal would only last a day.
#36
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Panasonic DMR850 500GB HDD PVR

[url]www.qvcuk.com/ukqic/qvcapp.aspx/app.detail/params.item.563960[/url]

Here's the killer:
Delivery and Freesat installation included ie the price includes the dish install.

Very tempted.
#37
Fujioka
http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/1951/21016516.jpg

Panasonic DMR850 500GB HDD PVR

[url]www.qvcuk.com/ukqic/qvcapp.aspx/app.detail/params.item.563960[/url]

Here's the killer:
Delivery and Freesat installation included ie the price includes the dish install.

Very tempted.


Excellent find for the 500gb version, plus 5% quidco. I think I'm gonna order this.
#38
Slick Rick
This deal didn't last long, it's up to £428.36 on Amazon. Strange that a deal would only last a day.


Now down to £402.73 on Amazon.
#39
Now £361.74 from Amazon. 500GB version for less than £400 from QVC was an excellent deal - if only I had the cash!
#40
unclecuddles
Now £361.74 from Amazon. 500GB version for less than £400 from QVC was an excellent deal - if only I had the cash!


It looks like they want to clear the shelves before the new models come out.

I got the 500GB version for £400 yesterday, in Glasgow, but it didn't come with installation.

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