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Old 06-10-2008, 01:50 PM
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Default Panasonic DMR-BW500i 500GB Blu-Ray Disc Recorder

Looks like we are finally going to see a Blu-Ray recorder here in the US:

http://www.techfresh.net:80/gadgets/...-raydvd-range/

Panasonic Launches New Blu-Ray/DVD Range

Panasonic has announced its first stand alone Blu-Ray Disc Recorder, the DMR-BW500. The DMR-BW500i can record up to 72 hours of Full High Definition 1080p recording onto the built in 500GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD) or 6 hours 40 min on a 50GB double layer Blu-ray Disc. In addition to video, it can record 5.1-channel Dolby Digital surround sound broadcasts and Blu-ray movies are played in studio-master quality at a frame rate of 24 frames per second.

The new line of DVD and Blu-ray recorders and players are currently only available only in Japan but will be available in other markets in August.
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The DMR-BW500 Blu-Ray Disc Recorder will be released in Australia this month (June 2008). It has a RRP of $2199 AU, but you can already get prices as low as $1699 AU (Digital Centre) or $1895 AU (Web Price).

The small number of reviews so far have been very positive, but seem superficial. Good Gear Guide (Aus) gave the product 4 and-a-half out of 5 stars.


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Does it have FireWire or a built-in HD tuner?
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Interesting. It will be a few years before the prices will drop down to levels that I am willing to pay most likely. I keep hoping somebody finds a way to make the PS3 into an HD DVR in the US
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Does it have FireWire or a built-in HD tuner?
You can download a brochure and specs document for the Aus model from the Panasonic Australia website (also covers other Panasonic products) - www - panasonic - com - au.

The Aus model has twin HD tuners. Don't think it has Firewire. Here's a list of specs:

500GB Hard Disk Drive
Simultaneously record two HD programs while watching a Blu-ray Disc, DVD or pre-recorded program
VIERA-Link -Direct TV Record & Pause Live TV
Blu-ray Disc Playback (1080p/24p) & Record
Subtitle Record & Playback (DR Mode)
1 Second Quick Start for Recording & Playback
DiVX Playback
Automatic Finalisation (-R)
DV-Input for transfer from Digital Video Camera
Direct Navigator for Quick & Easy Search
Maximum 86x High Speed copying from Hard Disk Drive
7 Day Electronic Program Guide* (EPG)

HIGH PICTURE QUALITY
High Definition 1080p/24p Blu-ray Playback 1080p Up-Conversion (with HDMI)
12-Bit Digital-to-Analogue Converter for 4x Natural Gradation
2x Horizontal Resolution for Recording in LP Mode (500 Lines)
Up to 885 Hours Recording to 500GB HDD, 72 hours of FTA HD
Long Time recording with High Picture Quality
Progressive Scan for PAL / NTSC
High Quality Sound –Silence Technology to deliver optimal sounds quality
P4HD, HD Optimiser, Deep Colour

ARCHIVE
500GB Hard Disk Drive
SD Card Slot (SDHC) AVCHD Playback
USB Input / DV Input
DV Auto Recording & Playlist Creation
Music Jukebox –Gracenote (CD Database)
Multi Format Playback MP3, DiVX, JPEG from USB
JPEG View & Storage from USB Input


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Interesting. It will be a few years before the prices will drop down to levels that I am willing to pay most likely. I keep hoping somebody finds a way to make the PS3 into an HD DVR in the US
There's one great x-box advantage, MC extender works nicely. This is another area where sony needs to get on the ball, I wonder how much PSN Home developments are backing up development on actually useful tools for the PS3.
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Does it have FireWire or a built-in HD tuner?
If it does come to the US it would have to have a digital (ATSC) tuner. Analog tuners are optional but digital ones are mandatory for any product that includes any from of TV tuner in the US. I would highly doubt it would be a tunerless recorder.
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If it does come to the US it would have to have a digital (ATSC) tuner. Analog tuners are optional but digital ones are mandatory for any product that includes any from of TV tuner in the US. I would highly doubt it would be a tunerless recorder.

It would also have to have cablecards. Without it it is useless for me.
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There's one great x-box advantage, MC extender works nicely. This is another area where sony needs to get on the ball, I wonder how much PSN Home developments are backing up development on actually useful tools for the PS3.
http://playstation.about.com/od/hard.../PlayTVPS3.htm

Sony is releasing DVR functionality for the PS3 in Europe this September. Sounds pretty slick. I am just hoping they can release something similar in the US. If they can pull it off, I would be able to get rid of my Dish HD DVR along with the monthly fees.
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How would you be able to get rid of your dish dvr? You still need dish equipment to decode.

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http://playstation.about.com/od/hard.../PlayTVPS3.htm

Sony is releasing DVR functionality for the PS3 in Europe this September. Sounds pretty slick. I am just hoping they can release something similar in the US. If they can pull it off, I would be able to get rid of my Dish HD DVR along with the monthly fees.
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