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Panasonic DMR-BWT700EB 320GB Blu-ray Disc Recorder with Twin Freeview + HD Tuners

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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 4.3 Kg
  • Item model number: DMR-BWT700EB
  • ASIN: B004XBUG9C
  • Date first available at 1 May 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,644 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Amazing picture quality
Experience amazing picture quality, even from your standard definition content.

True to Cinema Picture Quality

FULL HD 3D Blu-ray Disc™ Playback

Advanced 2D image technology accumulated over the years at the Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory (PHL) has also been applied to 3D image playback, allowing high quality images to approach original film quality. Lifelike 3D images with dramatic leaping effects and enhanced depth, lustre and texture are beautifully reproduced.

Adaptive Chroma Processing

Adaptive Chroma Processing is a high quality image-processing technology developed to precisely process each pixel of the Blu-ray Disc™ video signal in vertical and horizontal directions. Compared with 2010 models, vertical colour data processing has been increased by 1.5 times. This allows Adaptive Chroma Processing to faithfully reproduce colour data.

Full HD Up Sampling

Full HD Up Sampling also allows standard definition movies on DVD discs to approach Full HD quality. The picture is intelligently analysed to optimise the processing of each pixel.

Video on Demand in HD Quality

Enjoy smooth images even with the low frame rate of video on demand. Super resolution processing optimised for video on demand up-converts all streaming images into HD quality. You get beautiful streaming images even on a large-screen TV.

Convert two dimensional images into 3D
Convert two dimensional images into 3D, and even control the effect.
2D to 3D Conversion with Depth Control

The 2D-3D Conversion makes it possible to convert images from DVDs and Blu-ray™ discs into 3D with natural depth perception. So you can watch your prize DVD movie collection in 3D for greater viewing enjoyment. Even more, the AVCHD movie files recorded with HD camcorders can also be converted from 2D to 3D.

* Except for 1080/60p,1080/50p movie files recorded with Panasonic HD Camcorder.

The 3D Effect Controller lets you moderate the leaping effects of 3D images. It also lets you adjust the amount of depth, so you can view expansive images and enjoy movies with exactly the kind of 3D effects you want.

Long Time Record Modes (214 hours)

This function is really convenient for saving hard disk space. In HM mode, a maximum of 214 hours of high definition recording data can be saved onto HDD (320GB) and also a maximum of 35 hours of high definition recording data can be saved onto BD-RE DL/BD-R DL (50GB). What's more, the DMR-BWT800 and DMR-BWT700 are compatible with the Timer Recording function. Set the recording mode when you programme a recording and after it has been recorded the DIGA automatically converts to another mode. No need for you to convert yourself. - great for when you are going away on holiday.

Pause Live TV
Never miss a vital moment, simply rewind live TV to watch it again.

Pause Live TV and Rewind Live TV, Series Record with Series Folders

Enjoy the simple new convenience of being able to Rewind Live TV*. Rewind back up to 2 hours to the scene you want and never miss a thing**. Pause Live TV also lets you pause live TV programmes as though you are watching a DVD or Blu-ray Disc™***.

* Rewind Live TV will be effective while channel stays the same.

** The function of Rewind Live TV does not work during simultaneous recording.

*** For Pause Live TV, when 8 hours pass since the programme was recorded, the recording stops.

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.

Easy new menu and customisable background
The stylish and simple menu system can even be personalised.

New Super Easy Menus

A stylish and simple menu design is achieved by using large menu icons and illustrations. The FULL HD 3D Blu-ray Disc™ player now features a simple menu, and thanks to its one-click action, you simply place the remote control cursor onto the menu item that you want to choose, and the menu proceeds smoothly to the next screen. It's easy, even for first-time users.

Set the GUI screen background for your Blu-ray Disc™ player/home cinema to any image you want. For example, you can use a photo that you took with a digital camera and stored onto an SD Memory Card.

Viera Cast for Online Contents Including Skype

With VIERA CAST, you can enjoy online content such as YouTube, Picasa, weather and stock information. Also, VIERA CAST has been further enhanced by Twitter and Skype.

VIERA CAST with Skype lets you enjoy real-time visual communication on a large screen with faraway family and friends by displaying their images on the TV. The Blu-ray Disc™ players also feature a convenient and unique Auto Answering Video Message function and Video Voice Mail Recording function. Let Panasonic Skype-compatible players and home cinemas expand your range of communication from the living room to the world.

* If you buy an optional wireless LAN adaptor DY-WL10E-K, you can stream wirelessly.

** Skype requires optional communication camera TY-CC10

600Hz Sub-field Drive
Call your friends and family from via Skype (requires Panasonic HD Communication Camera).
Quick Access to the Menu Screen

You can instantly access the Skype menu screen by simply pressing the Skype button on the remote control. This is very handy because it lets you easily access the menu screen even while you're watching a TV programme.

Incoming Ringtones

While watching TV programme, a ringtone from both the player and the home cinema system tells you that you have a call. The ringtone also rings during standby mode.

* The incoming call can not be received during Blu-ray Disc™ or AVCHD playback.

Auto Answering Video Message

Record an original message and set it as your answering video message. The message will respond automatically when you receive a phone call while you're away.

Video Voice Mail Recording

Callers can also record messages onto an SD Memory Card, while you are away.* Then you can watch the messages you missed when you return home.

* Minimum 512MB required.

Stream Videos, Photos and Music from PC with DLNA
Stream your digital media from your PC to your TV. Click here for more info.

Stream Videos, Photos and Music from any PC with DLNA

Using DLNA technology, Blu-ray Disc™ players and home cinema systems can access files on a DLNA server-compliant PC* or high definition recorders (DIGA)**. By simply connecting to a home network (LAN), you can enjoy AVCHD, WMV, DivX, JPEG, MP3 and WMA on your PC or AVCHD files, recorded programmes and JPEG on your DIGA.

* Requires Windows 7 Operating System. The playability may depend on the PC performance.

Network Drive Access provides Blu-ray Disc™ players with an alternative network file access platform. You can enjoy pictures, videos and music on a shared folder on your Windows PC or Network Attached Storage (NAS).

Use your iPhone as a remote
Use the Panasonic App to turn your iPhone into your remote control.

iPhone, iPod touch & iPad Remote Control

Simply install a Panasonic App on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and you can use it like a remote control to operate your Blu-ray Disc™ recorder or player. If you've got an iPhone it is usually close to hand, so use it to search and playback your recorded content as though it were your actual remote control.

* iPhone Remote Control App must be downloaded from the App Store (iTunes Store).

** For this function, a wireless LAN environment and optional wireless LAN adaptor DY-WL10E-K is required.

*** System Requirements: iPod touch 3rd Generation or later, iPhone 3GS or later, iOS Version 4.2 or later.

Ultra Fast Start-up and Loading

With the new DMR-BWT700, the time it takes from launching the menu to playing a disc is much shorter than in conventional models. Starting and loading the disc from standby is also quick, for more comfortable movie viewing.

Archive your digital media
Burn disks of your media or transfer them onto the hard drive.

3D Archiving and Playback

Home movies and photos can be transferred via SD memory card to the HDD, DVD, Blu-ray Disc™. Until now, transferring and storing HD camcorder images was a time-consuming process performed on your PC. A Panasonic recorder makes this process effortlessly simple.

* JPEG copying is available only for DVD-RAM, BD-RE, HDD.

** Archiving AVCHD only for DVD-R, BD-R,BD-RE, HDD.

*** Archiving onto Blu-ray Disc™ is only for Blu-ray Disc™ recorder.

Stream Videos, Photos and Music from PC with DLNA
View or listen to media stored on SD cards or USB storage devices.

SD & USB Slot for Videos, Photos and Music Playback

The SD slot lets you enjoy still images and movie files shot with a LUMIX (digital still camera) or HD camcorder on your large screen Full HD TV with HD quality (1920x1080 resolution).The SD Image Viewer also lets you enjoy 3D photos (MPO) and movies(AVCHD) shot by a 3D compatible digital camera and camcorder.

* To enjoy 3D photos/movies, a 3D compatible TV and 3D Eyewear are required.

You can also enjoy photos, movies and music archived on a USB memory device or external hard disk drive*.

* Compatible only with FAT 32 file systems. Playback is not possible with some external hard disk drives.

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I bought a Panasonic DMR-BWT700EB from Amazon just over a week ago. It is an excellent product, with a vast array of functions not available elsewhere. I have it connected to a Samsung Smart TV, and the picture quality is good for all channels and particularly so for the Freeview HD channels. I was able to pick up all available Freeview channels from my existing aerial, and the set-up took seconds to complete.

The 2 Freeview+ HD tuners enable viewing of one channel while simultaneously recording two others, and also allow pausing of live TV. It plays 2D and 3D blu-ray discs. The picture quality for both is the best I have seen. I am especially impressed with the way it upscales DVDs to give a near HD quality picture with amazing depth and colour. I haven't tried to record to blu-ray yet, but recording to the hard drive is simplicity itself and takes a couple of seconds to set the timer for single programmes or series.

Recordings in DR mode are faithfully reproduced in full quality, but there are other recording options to use, e.g., long play, standard play, etc., if you want to record more programmes to the hard drive, such as when going on holiday. The DMR-BWT700EB accepts all types of recordable DVD, except disappointingly double-sided DVD-RAM discs meaning I cannot use it to view programmes I recorded previously on a DMR-EX98VEB using the double-sided discs. Also, as a previous reviewer has pointed out, the BWT700EB is not capable of playlist creation, which makes editing recordings a little less easy than it might be.

The DMR-BWT700EB also has a SD card slot and a USB port, enabling easy viewing of photographs or video captured on, e.g., digital cameras or camcorders.
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I have had this machine for several days now, and have tested many of the
myriad of functions on it - except 3-D as my TV (Sony 52" LCD) is too old
(Feb 2010!), however it is capable of a stunning HD picture so is a good
testbed. UPDATE 15/04/12 - 3D is superb - see comment 86!

I also have two examples of the BWT700's predecessor, the Panasonic BW780,
which has very similar capabilities except 3-D and Skype. The fact that I
bought a second one of those machines is an indication of what I thought of it -
the fact that I have now effectively bought a third one means either I'm an idiot
(the wife is nodding her head at this point) or that they are REALLY good!

In fact I bought the BWT700 as there were several niggles with the BW780 which
I hoped would have been fixed with the BWT700 - some are, some aren't -
read on for details.

I did a comprehensive (i.e. long) review on the BW780 back in December 2010,
many of the pros and cons and niggling details are in that review - and
many of them apply to the BWT700 as well - so I will not repeat them here.
If you want to see that review put "BW780" in the search box at the top of
the Amazon page, select 4-star reviews - mine is the second most helpful one
listed - currently! There are also several useful details in the comments.

The Pros

1) The BWT700 is capable of giving stunning pictures from broadcast Freeview
HD TV. Ok there are only currently 4 HD channels, but it's all free (OK OK -
included in your basic TV Licence) - no ongoing (and quite expensive) fees to pay.
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This recorder covers the best of both worlds. Firstly it records the + HD channels (two at the same time-no less!) in superb quality of both picture and sound. Secondly you may put any treasured recordings onto DVD if required. I looked at other PVR's but did not like the option of only viewing the recorded programs on one particular machine. To be able to transfer recordings onto other media and then to view on any other players was one of my priorities. My previous hard disc recorder failed with the loss of many treasured programs. This loss made me take the time to check which recorders you could archive from and also take into account which would record the latest Freeview +HD channels. The set up and menu's I found easy to follow and I'm now enjoying what the full Freeview HD channels have to offer.
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The BWT700 (/ BW800) is my sixth Panasonic DMR recorder. I've been brand-loyal since the very first model, a decade ago, enjoying continuity of both functionality and quality. However, despite being the most advanced recorder I've ever used (and one of the most expensive), it's the only one not capable of playlist creation and thus non-destructive video editing.

It's such a glaring omission that it's even confirmed as a "problem" under troubleshooting in the manual (see below), which is a shame because this device is replete with impressive bells and whistles, yet it's without of one of the most standard core features, and one which I use all the time.

It's important, as this type of device is becoming more and more niche, and the kind of user who would pay a premium for a machine that records HD content, with the ability to archive that footage to Blu-Ray, is likely to want the option of safely editing the material first.

I have returned mine now but hope that this basic component is restored in a future iteration, as I would like to continue using Panasonic.

Q. Cannot create a playlist.
A. Creation or editing of playlists cannot be done on this unit.
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