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Panasonic DMR-BS850EBK Twin Freesat Tuners 500GB HDD Blu-ray Recorder

by Panasonic
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • High Definition Recording & Playback onto Blu-ray DiscTM and HDD
  • Compatible with VIERA CAST (YouTubeTM, PicasaTM etc)
  • Faithful and Sharp Colour Reproduction with PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus/ P4HD
  • Compatible with Freesat+
  • VIERA Link (HDAVI Control4)
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 33 x 43 x 6.6 cm ; 3.3 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 6 Kg
  • Item model number: DMR-BS850EBK
  • ASIN: B001Y90BNC
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 July 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,474 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

HD Everything
Panasonic allows you complete access to the breathtaking world of High Definition and all its possibilities. A world where you can pause, record and rewind all your favourite channels with freesat+. Where you can watch Blu-ray films in stunning HD, and stay connected by streaming content direct from the internet. With Panasonic you can access, manage, store and share all this HD content effortlessly.

Record 2 Channels at Once
Recording and Viewing Freedom with freesat+ Twin Tuner.

With more than 140 digital TV and radio channels to choose from it’s fairly likely that at some point you’ll want to record two programmes broadcast at the same time.

The freesat+ Twin Tuner allows you the freedom to do this and offers a multitude of other viewing and recording options.

You can watch one programme and record another. Record two programmes at once. Watch a Blu-ray disc while recording two other programmes. Watch a recording from HDD while recording two programmes.

freesatfreesat+ EPG
The freesat+ EPG organises channels into easy to use categories with this 8-day on-screen programme guide.

Find what you want at the touch of a button and save all your favourites so they’re easy to find.

Set the timer to record just once and each programme in the series will automatically be recorded. Recorded series’ are easily located as they are automatically archived in the same folder.

Even if the broadcast schedule changes, programmes are correctly and completely recorded.

Full HD Recording and Playback
In DR mode you can record a digital broadcast signal, without the slightest change in quality, directly to your HDD. The precise Full HD picture quality, 5.1ch surround sound, subtitle and audio description, all recorded perfectly and ready to view.

5.1ch Surround Sound Recording and Playback
The Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound signal embedded in HD broadcasts can also be recorded.

By adding an AV receiver and speaker system, you can enjoy recordings complete with 5.1-channel surround sound.

Subtitle and Audio Description Recording and Playback
The Blu-ray Disc™/High Definition DVD Recorder can record the subtitle and audio description data that is included with some digital broadcasts.

Because these are also recorded digitally, they can be switched on or off during playback.* Only for DR mode.

H.264 Encoder
Panasonic’s original H.264 Encoder responds to the movement in a video image and compresses it so that the recorded image is as clear and vivid as possible.

H.264 conversion recording is particularly convenient if you want to save space on your HDD or want to record a number of programmes onto a Blu-ray Disc™.

PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus
PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus is a high quality image processing technology developed to precisely process each pixel of the Blu-ray Disc™ video signal.

It reproduces colour data with twice the accuracy of conventional systems to keep colours faithful and sharp.

High Precision 4:4:4
When viewed on a high end VIERA TV model, which features 4:4:4 signal compatibility, it recreates images with the original film quality to further enhance movie enjoyment.

P4HD (Pixel Precision Progressive Processing for HD)
The Panasonic-unique P4HD technology processes more than 15 billion pixels per second, generating each pixel correctly according to information obtained from up to 60 surrounding pixels, and applies the optimum processing to every pixel in the video data on the disc.

The result is images with exceptional resolution.

1080/24p Playback
This means movie images from a Blu-ray Disc™ are reproduced in their original 24p form, with no need for conversion. Watch movies as though you were at a movie theatre.

 



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235 of 240 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very impressive machine + UPDATE 29 Jun 2009
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These are first impressions - the 850 only arrived this morning! (See below for an update...)

First, compared with the Humax it's replacing, quality of picture and recording is as good or better; and - a vital difference! - unlike the Humax it's possible to edit HD (and other) recordings. Controls are an improved version of older Panasonic DVD recorders, which makes for easy operation. The two tuners work seamlessly, and Viera link turns on the TV when you start up the 850...

Second, downsides - apart from the cost! There doesn't seem to be any search option for the programme guide, something I'd found really useful on the Humax (although even then it wasn't as good as Tivo!) There also seems to be a subjectively lengthy gap between channel changes, meaning too much black screen. Otherwise, this appears to be a really fine piece of kit.

AFTER 10 DAYS of using the 850, a few more comments...

It's still a great machine - but - controls are far less responsive than they should be; there's always a noticeable delay before pretty well any action is carried out, which is not only annoying but, for example, can lead to leaving a second or two of frozen screen when editing out commercials. Recording works well, but grouping of recordings is arbitrary... basically, the Humax is undoubtedly far better for recording HD - AND it allows searching of the Guide!

Yes, you can pause live TV, but it's far from easy; and (infuriatingly) there's no buffer, so it isn't possible to rewind. Again, the Humax feels more responsive, and its controls are better.

Moving recordings to DVD - I haven't collected sufficent material for blu-ray yet!
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134 of 137 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DMR-BS850. Some downsides 21 July 2009
This is my third Panasonic recorder and undoubtedly another big step forward, but I've found a couple of drawbacks. The first is maybe not Panasonic's fault. Freesat HD gives the broadcasters the option not to allow writing of Bluray discs from HD programmes and they are certainly making plenty of use of that option!
Another major gripe is support for HD camcorders. Panasonic models are the only ones definitely supported. It has a firewire socket to record from a camera, but if you switch to HDV mode the screen goes blank. That is something carefully avoided in the manual and advertising. It will only read AVCHD format on SD cards from Panasonic HD camcorders. It is uncertain what other brands will work as this a new and unclear standard. I know if you edit the SD card on a computer it will no longer read it.
Being early days for HD and Bluray, these are things that are bound to improve, but it's something to be aware of now.
Update:
Having lived with this machine for about a year now I appreciate it more. I like the way it can record 2 things at once while doing doing almost anything else. It also retains the time and programmed recordings even when unplugged. Timer recordings are much more accurately set on Freesat. You don't usually need to add extra time to get the end of a programme that's running late. Broadcasters are now allowing more of the HD programmes to be copied to disc. I've now found computer programs that can write HD video on SD cards and discs that will play on this machine.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
In itself the Panasonic Blu Ray Recorder works fine but HD programmes recorded in original quality from the Hard Drive onto Blu Ray discs will not play properly in other Blu Ray players. The Blu Ray recordings play perfectly well in the player on the recorder unit but not in other Panasonic stand alone Blu Ray players, where the playback is very unstable. This fault makes the overall enjoyment of the product very restrictive.

My main complaint though is with Panasonic UK and Panasonic Europe. Their levels of customer service were truly dreadful in my experience. I have waited a long time before posting feedback to fully test the unit, and give Panasonic every chance to redeem themselves. They have a customer service email address which takes days before a response is given, and then in my experience it is usually a virtual one liner. It has taken them months to come back with a vague explanation to the problem which didn't really help much. They refused to replace the item even though it was faulty from new and still under guarantee. I am currently having the recorder repaired at their contractor's workshops where there there was an appreciable delay in getting Panasonic to authorise the repair, would you believe.

There is no option on any of their websites to relay dissatisfaction to senior management which leads me to believe that they don't really want to be kept informed about customer problems and their own performance.

Until this experience I had been a champion of Panasonic products, but NOT any more!!!
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It is now some weeks later (16th May 2010), after writing the above review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars not good really
had this just over 2 years and try not to use it as its very, very slow. it takes that long to load up that I have pressed it a second time thinking I hadnt turned it on and so... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Kp Morrissey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great item !
Has worked well since purchased. In use every day. Sorry its only 500 GB HRD DRIVE which was all that was available at the time.
Published 13 months ago by Jonnie
3.0 out of 5 stars Think twice if you intend to copy to DVD to play on other equipment
If you intend to copy to DVD to play on other players, think twice. It will only record to DVD in 4:3 aspect, even if your original is 16:9

When played on the BS850EB,... Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2011 by J. R. Warman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab Item
Before buying this I read some of the reviews on these Panasonic Freesat tuners and was a little concerned before placing my order. Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2010 by Stewart Easby
4.0 out of 5 stars Panasonic DMR-BS850EBK
Received this item very quickly after order. Well packaged and in excellent condition. Set up was very easy after going through the rather large complicated Panasonic DMR-BS850EBK... Read more
Published on 28 Oct 2010 by tvbill
4.0 out of 5 stars BluRay twin Freesat tuner
I cannot receive freeview and no-one makes a 22inch freesat TV so this was the best option at the price.
Only one issue - the tuner doesn't boot up my 22 in. Read more
Published on 1 Oct 2010 by Mr. Raymond J. Wilton
4.0 out of 5 stars Alternative to Sky TV
The Panasonic Freesat unit is easy enough to set up and with an HDMI cable connected the pictures are superb. HD all the way even when not viewing HD channels. Read more
Published on 23 Aug 2010 by G-man
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't buy this as they can not guarantee to play all Bluray
Can't buy this as they can not guarantee to play all Bluray DVD films as we have needed to update the software on the bluray player about 10 time, each time we whatched a film and... Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2010 by Malcolm Cuzick
5.0 out of 5 stars Delighted with my first Freesat HD box
This was my first venture into HD, and my first into satellite technology too. Though I consider myself reasonably tech savvy, and had read a lot of reviews and forum material, I... Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2010 by Andrew
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good quality product
I've had this Panasonic Blu-ray recorder now for about 2 months and I love it. Great signal quality and the ability to record 2 programmes simultaneously whilst watching a disk. Read more
Published on 11 April 2010 by R. WILLIAMS
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