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Panasonic DMR-BWT735 review



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Panasonic DMR-BWT735


Our Score


User Score


  • Extensive recording and archiving features
  • Superb picture quality across the board
  • Easy to use


  • Viera Connect
  • Can't watch a third channel while recording two
  • A tad cumbersome in places

Review Price £549.99

Key Features: Blu-ray/DVD recording and playback; 1TB hard disk; Dual Freeview HD tuners; Built-in Wi-Fi; Viera Connect and DLNA streaming; Remote Recording and multiroom TV streaming

Manufacturer: Panasonic

What is the Panasonic DMR-BWT735?

It’s a Freeview PVR with built-in Blu-ray recording and playback, boasting a 1TB hard disk and twin DVB-T2 tuners. As the only Blu-ray recorder on the market, it’s the go-to machine for video archivists who want to make copies of hi-def TV shows (copy-protection permitting) and home movies to share with friends and family. Because it’s a Blu-ray drive you can cram hours’ worth of footage onto a disc, or you can copy onto lower-capacity DVD if you prefer.

It also offers a range of smart TV content through Panasonic’s Viera Connect portal and media playback from USB, SD card and DLNA. It’s a multi-talented machine with a plethora of features, but as we discovered with Panasonic’s DMR-BWT735 PVR/Blu-ray player it takes more than a good spec to make a must-buy product. Let’s find out how it fares…

Panasonic DMR-BWT735

Panasonic DMR-BWT735 – Design

First up the DMR-BWT735 is a great-looking machine. It’s dressed in an elegant silver finish, with a black drop-down front panel spruced up with a mirrored strip. It’s built into a slim, robust aluminium casing, a far cry from the chunky disc recorders of old.

Behind the front flap is a large LED display (which shines through the semi-transparent plastic when closed), an SD card slot and a USB port – both of which are included for playback of music, video and photo files. Front panel controls include play and stop on the front, with power and open/close along the top.

Panasonic DMR-BWT735Panasonic DMR-BWT735 – Connections

On the back is a generous array of sockets. For starters there’s a Scart input, which allows you to hook up other AV gear – old VCRs for example – and record them onto Blu-ray or DVD. That’s a crucial feature given that many people will want to back up treasured VHS tapes for prosperity.

Bringing things right up to date we find an HDMI output and Ethernet port, the latter providing an alternative to the deck’s built in Wi-Fi. There are three audio outputs to choose from – optical, coaxial and analogue stereo – and a second USB port should you wish to expand recording capacity by connecting an external hard-disk drive.

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October 15, 2013, 4:26 pm

I have ben looking for a PVR/DVD recorder to connect to my Panasonic Viera Smart TV as the TV has limited internet apps, i.e. no Channel 4 or 5 on demand services. Panasonic say that they "strive to make improvements" but they appear to have done little to provide the updates and are not able to say if and when they ever will! It would seem that this recorder is no better in this department. Some other manufacturers are more up to date and do provide 4OD and 5OD.


November 19, 2013, 12:35 pm

Good review, but can it play back at 1.3 x normal speed?
This is an exceptionally useful feature of our existing Panny DVD recorders (when using RAM disks), but no one mentions it in current reviews of HDD/BluRay models. Pan. tells me that it is possible, but I have seen no evidence of this.
And even Richer Sounds was flummoxed by the question, so shops like Curry's & J Lewis have little chance of knowing!
Can anyone clarify, pls?


December 4, 2013, 11:03 pm

I would say so - look at the remote control 'Play' button on the picture above - it has a '1.3' notation on it, just like on my own DMR-BWT700. Just hold the 'play' button down for 2-3 seconds and it flips into 1.3x speed. Press 'play' again to return to normal play speed


January 11, 2014, 8:22 pm

I would explain that with this model and Timer Recording, the unit records a
programme directly from the broadcaster (hence the DR recording mode), which it
then has to downgrade to the desired recording mode in my case LP
Therefore, it is normal that the unit records in DR and then converts it to LP. So this means that if you record for one hour and want it in long play the recorder will convert what you have recorded when in standby mode which will take about another hour. IT WILL NOT record in LP mode in the first instance. To me this is very wasteful of time and energy not to mention the wear and tear. the reason I like to record in LP is that I can get two films on a 4.7 DVD.


January 14, 2014, 7:04 pm

I was thinking about buying one of these but then I found out it could not record HD content from a Sky+ HD box in high definition, just in SD through the scart connection between the recorder and my Sky+ HD box.


January 15, 2014, 7:06 pm

My problem is it can only record high definition programmes from tuners whereas I would like one that could record high definition programmes directly from from a Sky+ HD box which is what I have.

It only has a scart connection for connecting a Sky HD+ satellite box to meaning even if I store HD content to my Sky box I can only copy it to the Panasonic recorder in SD mode.

Nic Adair

April 20, 2014, 6:59 pm

Why buy a HD recording unit then record LP onto a DVD.
A 25GB bluray disc costs under £1 (TDK 25 = £22) why don't you keep the recordings in DR mode and burn directly to bluray.
Burning in LP is illogical.
Like buying an Aston Martin and putting a cheap set of Chinese tyres on it.
Have a nice day.

Nic Adair

April 20, 2014, 7:02 pm

Sky don't want you to do this, it's not a limitation of the Panasonic unit.


July 24, 2014, 12:38 pm

Anyone who knows if I buy this model with 2 x DVB-T2 tuners in Germany, if it will work with the danish T2, or if there are different types of T2 in the two countries?
(I've heard that the UK model won't work in DK) :)

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