Panasonic has announced a new 42in HDTV in its G3 series which allows you record live television direct to a SD card.
While most people shelling out serious money to buy this 42in HDTV would more than likely have some form of PVR already, another recording option is always welcome. You can use SD, SDHC or SDHX cards with the TH-L42G3 though it appears as if anything recorded on these cards can only be viewed back on a Viera television, which limits the usefulness of the technology somewhat. The remote comes with a dedicated Record button and something called Viera Schedules will allow you to program recordings.
A 64GB card will record approximately five hours of high definition programming at a resolution 1920 x 1080 at 24Mbps. However with a 64GB card costing around £150 this may not be such a financially sound solution. Panasonic are however nothing if not considerate and a USB port at the back of the TV will allow you to connect a HDD to record your programmes.
No pricing on the set has been revealed yet and it will initially ship in Japan in February 2011. Besides the SD-recording aspect of the device, the television’s 42in HDTV LCD display is LED-backlit and using IPS technology for better viewing angles. The TH-L42G3 has two HDMI ports, an Ethernet port and Panasonic’s own Viera-link, which lets you hook up compatible cameras to view slideshows and video directly.