Panasonic showcases two Blu-ray disc recordersPanasonic BS850 and BS750 have twin Freesat tuners
15 April 2009
Panasonic has released further details about the Panasonic DMR-BS850 and the Panasonic DMR-BS750 Blu-ray disc recorders.
The two highly anticipated devices boast twin Freesat tuners and will be the first Blu-ray recordable PVRs to be available to buy in the UK when they are launched in May.
The Panasonic DMR-BS850 features 500GB of HDD and will cost £999, while the BS750 will cost £899 and be able to store up to 250GB of recorded content.
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Recording in high definition
Which? experts have seen the two new Panasonic Blu-ray disc recorders in action. At an event at Panasonic UK's headquarters, representatives demonstrated the models' recording capabilities. According to Panasonic, when using the HL recording mode on the BS850, a user can record 240 hours of high definition TV content to the 500GB of memory.
The memory can also be used to save and play back music files, and save AVCHD files from your HD camcorder, which can then be written to Blu-ray discs.
Panasonic also showed off the Panasonic DMR-XS350. This device also features the ability to record two HD channels at a time received through the twin Freesat tuners, but allows you to then archive the footage on standard definition DVDs rather than Blu-ray discs.
All three models feature an Ethernet connection, which will allow you to access the Viera Cast service when connected to the internet. Use of this service introduces an on-screen widget-based platform, providing users with direct access to online services from YouTube, Picassa and Eurosport.
First Blu-ray recorders
Dave Holes, Which? digital and audio expert, said: 'These are the first Blu-ray recorders to hit the UK market. This coupled with the twin Freesat tuners and HD PVR capabilities on these devices make them very exciting products.
'We'll be rushing them to our testing lab as soon as they are in the shops. Panasonic has a great pedigree in audio-visual products and we've high hopes that these products will also perform well.'
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