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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for Formula one fans, 20 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Panasonic DMR-EX99VEBK 250GB HDD DVD/VHS Recorder with Freeview+ (Electronics)
Well constructed machine with excellent quality playback. The only problem I have encountered is with the guide facility. Having set it up to record various formula 1 practices and races it has consistently failed to record the events. the only way to spur it into action is to leave it turned on rather than in standby. In standy it will start at random during the program or not at all. More perplexing is that even when manually programmed with generopus margins around the start and end times it still failed!!
With 'normal' series and soaps etc. it works fine. Given the prime function of the machine is to capture programmed events I can not give it more than 3 stars. OK I can compensate for the F1 series but are there other unrepeatable events it will decide not to record in the future?
Minor niggles: 25%of the guide screen is taken up by a useless advert which you can not turn off - its already a busy screen so loss of a quarter of it is a shame.
Not faults but caveats:
- There is no analogue tuner so beware if you are in a poor digital reception area.
- The 1394 firewire interface is not supported so slightly older digital camcorders may have to revert to analogue input.
Overall a good machine but not one that I can rely on 100%.Panasonic DMR-EX99VEBK 250GB HDD DVD/VHS Recorder with Freeview+
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Initial post: 23 Sep 2010 17:25:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Oct 2010 00:18:29 BDT
I have downloaded a manual from Panasonic for the Panasonic DVD/VHS recorder, model DMR EX99. This states that this model has an analogue tuner and can therefore receive and record analogue broadcasts and other analogue signals such as an RF output from a satellite receiver (for channels 21 to 68). However it does NOT have an RF modulator so needs a SCART connection (or possibly an HDMI) for playback.

I have now purchased this (still in its box for now whilst I read the instructions) and find it is not exactly the same model as that for which I downloaded the manual. In fact the UK model does NOT have an analogue tuner, but I will be able to connect a satellite receiver using a SCART lead between the AV2 sockets to record from the satellite receiver so fortunately the analogue tuner would in any case not have been necessary. It is important though that there is a good enough signal for freeview.

Posted on 1 Jan 2011 20:02:56 GMT
D. Adamson says:
don't know if it is a good product or not as it won't stay on long enough to do anything! it's going back!

Posted on 20 Mar 2012 19:57:02 GMT
paul says:
i have the same problem. paul.
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