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This is one of the best units on the market at this time but it could be made great if only Panasonic had an App so you could set timers without having to turn the unit on, turn the TV on, switch to the Recorder and use the EPG. If anyone else is using the TV it makes setting timers very difficult.
A nice iPad App with a full EPG to allow the timers to be set wold be great, even better if you could access the Panasonic while your out and about to set the timer!
Is this really only Freeview HD and not Freesat HD/. Problem is freeview HD is generally a poorer bitrate and picture quality than Freeview HD. I have both Freeview and Freesat, and the quality difference is noticeable.
@scoobiesnacks: The last I heard Panasonic were dropping Freesat from their recorder line-up. Unless they have a change of heart I don't think there will be a Freesat version forthcoming.
In case anyone was thinking of connecting an external source via the Scart input, I should point out that it is Composite/S-Video only. Not likely to affect many buyers, I'm sure, but some might be disappointed with the lack of an RGB input.
The Panasonic Blu-Ray recorder is an absolute most. It surprised me that in a comprehensive test/review nothing is mentioned of the ability to record closed captions(subtitles) in DR mode on the hard disc. You can then record/edit to a blu-ray disc with closed captions.
Makes it really easy to follow programs when your hearing is less, or when more than one person is speaking at the same time, or for instance, when the language spoken is not your first language. In music programs it often gives you the lyrics, which makes it really easy to sing-along. Sort of Karaoke.
What's really good about it, is you can, at any time after recording still choose to switch the subtitles on or off. A handy feature when a program has life-subtitling, where subs are a bit later then the spoken word. Or with sport programs where you don't really need them. Or, of course, when there's only people watching who don't need them.
Does anyone know if this recorder will play and/or transfer 1080p50 (not just 1080i50 or 1080p25) AVCHD video produced by the latest camcorders?
You can actually buy FreeSat and cable verions of this box in Europe - they are freely available from the German market (just order one from amazon.de and ask for UK shipping.)
The cable (DVB-C) version makes more sense for European/Swiss flats, because they are usually outfitted with cable when they are constructed - so everything is already installed. This does not make so much sense in the UK, where you typically get a set-top box whenever you subscribe to Virgin, et cetera.
Why is it that panasonic has bbc iPlayer in it net memu, also a nice pic of iPlayer on the box.
But bbc iPlayer don't work, they have know about since 2012, A well hidden downerI have a #20 box that does iPlayer..
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Machine seems to work well in most respects however I have a couple of gripes. There seems to be no commitment to add the other On Demand channels to the Panasonics response is below,
,"please note that Viera Castand Viera Connect services are subject to changewithout notice, and that no assurance or time scale is given by Panasonic as towhether an application or feature will become or remain available.
We are looking into the possibility of adding services such as ITV player, 4oDand Demand 5, but cannot make any guarantee as to whether it will be possibleto make these services available."
Also having created a BD-RE disc with 10 plus titles on it for my PC, I have discovered that the Format of the Disc Menu is Panasonic proprietary so although the disc will play the only way to get to a particular title is to fast forward or drag the play-bar marker. Very frustrating??
question on this unit not really sure what I'm doing wrong - i have a 6 part show recorded i want to put on DVD-R but i have copied it twice so far and each time only the picture has copied onto the disc ,no sound whatever ?????
I don't record onto a DVD-r disc first, I always use either a Bluray, RAM or DVD-RW because any problems and you haven't wasted a disc (DVD-R and +R are write once only.) Try using one of the above discs and see if you still have the problem - if so then there is a problem with the internal audio link. You could also try connecting another DVD recorder up to yours via HDMI lead, analogue leads or scart and seeing if that transfers the sound + picture.
Have owned this unit for just under a year. It developed a fault on playback rendering it not fit for purpose. Panasonics' authorised repairers can't find any error codes and can only change components and 'hope for the best' repair time estimated at 25 days by their authorised repair company. Not very helpful expected better from Panasonic
Also has Skype - However cannot use Skype (Not even audio only) without purchasing a Special Panasonic Camera that is the only one compatible with this unit and the camera is very expensive - nice one PanasonicAlso forget about region free - has to be chipped - So I'm Staying well clear of Panasonic ProductsTalk about shooting yourself in the foot
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