Panasonic will introduce the first Blu-ray-movie compatible recorders with an integrated hard drive into the Japanese market on November 15.
Its DIGA DMR-BW200, pictured above, (with 500GB HDD) and DMR-BR100 (with 200GB HDD) models record HD on BD-RE rewritable discs and can dub from the built-in hard-disk drive (HDD) to BD discs at 4x speed. Both can output recordings at 1080p.
Compatible with single-layer 25 GB and dual-layer 50 GB BD discs (BD-RE and BD-R), users can record up to six hours HD on a 50 GB BD disc.
The high-end DMR-BW200 is equipped with no less than seven TV tuners including two each for terrestrial, BS and CS digital broadcasts and one analogue TV tuner.
Video processing includes Panasonic’s proprietary HD Optimizer able to automatically detect and suppress digital broadcasting noise. Standard definition can be up-converted to 1080p via HDMI.
Interestingly, the DMR-BW200 supports i.LINK which enables users to copy legacy D-VHS high-definition recordings onto the built-in HDD, and burn them to disc.
Shigenobu Hirahara, Associate Director of Corporate Marketing Division for Panasonic Brand in Japan, said, “As a leader in the cutting-edge Blu-ray disc technology, Panasonic is proud to present these two models. With the development of digital broadcasting and the increased popularity of large-screen flat panel TVs, there is an increasing consumer desire to record and play back high-definition images.
“When combined with Panasonic’s VIERA TVs and other home theater products, the new DIGAs will provide consumers extraordinary new home entertainment experience with 1080p HD images and 7.1 channel dynamic sounds.”
The DMR-BW200 and DMR-BR100, pictured below, support a variety of media including HDD, BD-RE, BD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-R DL and DVD-RW for recording, and HDD, BD-RE, BD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, +R, DVD-R DL, +R DL, DVD-RW, +RW, DVD-Video, BD-Video, music CD, CD-R and CD-RW for playback.
Neither model is expected to ship into the European market, where there is no HD content of note to record.