When this product arrived it surpassed my expectations, it was easy to set up and the up scaling was great. All went well for about about 8 months the problems then began the ubiquitous U99 error started to appear, the box would hang when in playback mode it also started to throw the U99 code even when in standby mode not due to record or any other actions were expected of it.
Having contacted the vendor I was informed that it was a communication problem best way to cure the problem was to reformat the hard drive. After many hours of frustration I managed to clear the drive. Copying would fail again with the U99 code.
Just out of warranty I resorted to a local -(within 50 miles) Panasonic repair agent who put the device on thorough test informed that there was nothing wrong with the box. So I removed the last items from the hard drive and actioned a reformat. Relief it appeared to solve the problem but no within 4 weeks the U99 code started appearing again.
I now rely on its predecessor for scheduled recording.
Would I buy another NO!Panasonic DMR-XW380EBK 250GB HDD DVD Recorder with Twin Freeview HD Tuners