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Panasonic Blu-ray players and recorders launched

New Blu-rays shown at IFA 2010 include 3D players

Panasonic has unveiled a host of new Blu-ray players and recorders at the IFA 2010 exhibition, including the two first Panasonic 3D Blu-ray players – the DMP-BDT300 and DMP-BDT100. 

Panasonic BDT300

Panasonic BDT300 Blu-ray player

The DMP-BT100 and DMP-BT300 are the first Blu-ray players from Panasonic to feature full HD 3D technology, which means that they play back 3D films and display them on a 3D TV. 

Both models can also access the VIERA CAST system giving them the ability to stream content, such as YouTube videos, to your living room. Streaming can be done wirelessly using the wireless LAN adaptor. This comes supplied with the DMP-BT300 but is an optional extra for the DMP-BT100.

A Blu-ray player or recorder is an expensive investment, 3D or not. Make sure yours is top quality with help from Which? reviews of the best Blu-ray players and Blu-ray recorders

Freeview Blu-ray recorders and PVRs

The DMR-XW380 is a 250GB PVR with twin Freeview HD tuners that allow you to watch and record high-definition content to hard disk. It also features a built-in DVD recorder so that you can archive recordings to DVD disc if there’s something you want to keep. This model is currently in our test lab and we should have full test results online in mid September.

The DMR-BS885 and and DMR-BS785 are the successors to the DMR-BS850 and BS750 and we have full reviews of these models online. These PVRs feature 250GB and 500GB hard drives respectively and twin Freeview HD tuners. They also incorporate a Blu-ray recorder so that you can archive content onto BD discs which have much greater storage capacity.

They can record onto either BD-R (record once) or BD-RE (re-recordable) discs. Both single-layer (25GB) and dual-layer (50GB) discs can be used. You’ll get around 3.5 hours of HD recording time on a single layer disc, and double this on dual-layer.

Freesat Blu-ray recorders and PVRs

Panasonic BW880

Panasonic BW880 PVR and Blu-ray recorder

The  DMR-BW780 and DMR-BW880 are new PVRs that feature twin Freesat tuners and 250GB and 500 GB hard drives respectively. They also have built-in Blu-ray recorders like their Freeview HD stablemates, which also gives them much greater storage capacity for archiving recordings.

Which? has first look reviews of the DMR-BW780 and DMR-BW880 that show our initial hands-on impressions of these machines.  

For all the latest from IFA 2010, from TVs to games consoles and mobile phones to tablets, check out our IFA news summary page each day, and follow WhichTech on Twitter to be alerted as soon as each photo gallery and video goes live during the show.

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