Panasonic Smart Blu-Ray Player : Excellent bit of kit, even for oldiewonks

My wife & i love this machine. We find it to be very versatile and most useful.

Once updated with new software the freeview button works well to quickly access itv hub etc. Downside if i am being picky is there is no 24hr jump button on the tv guide and if recording two programmes at the same time you have to watch one, my mistake entirely for not realising this before purchase.

This panasonic machine works very well. Allows the recording of two programs at the same time while you are also watching (playback) another recording. It’s internet enabled (via wifi or wired) so you can watch bbc iplayer, netflix etc. The on-screen interface is reasonably intuitive and initial setup was very easy. Has a screen saver to prevent screen burn when pausing playback. Plays blue-ray and dvd disks but does not allow recording onto removable disks. It connects to the tv via hdmi cable (supplied). My tv is connected to the sound system (amplifier) via a optical digital audio cable and in this scenario all playback audio (hdd and blue-ray disk) can be routed via the amplifier. This panasonic player does not have separate jack sockets for connecting to a sound system.

I needed a replacement for my aging (>10years old) topfield 5800 freeview recorder. I also wanted a blueray player, so this seemed a good choice. I’ve had it for a week or so now and it has done all i want of a freeview recorder. There are a few minor irritations, for example the program guide sometimes take a while to display (only a few seconds). This is a bit annoying when trying to record a week’s programs in advance. Also, when restarting a recorded program after pausing there is a delay of a few seconds. As i said, minor issues so still a 5 star rating.

  • Great one box solution
  • Panasonic Smart Blu-Ray Player
  • Probably the best all-in-one HDD recorder/BD player/Smart TV solution currently available, but still not perfect by any means

Panasonic Smart Blu-Ray Player with 500 GB HDD Recorder and Freeview Play

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  • Double your recording capacity with Panasonic’s Long Record feature
  • Record up to 341 Hrs in HD vs 129 hrs in normal mode
  • Greater clarity, colour and sharpness with 4K upscaling
  • Freeview Play with 7 day scroll back EPG and Catch-up TV
  • Advanced Smart with screen mirroring and multi room

This is my first experience of smart tv / hdd recorder. After slowly learning how to use it over the last week i’m relatively impressed so far. The only things i have noticed are, the tv guide / smart functions are obviously linked to the internet resulting in it being fairly slow in displaying menus etc. I presume this can be reduced with quicker broadband speeds so i’m thinking of purchasing a broadband extender as i know my wireless signal is fairly poor where this is located. Secondly i have a pansonic soundbase linked to my tv. I have this set to go into standby along with my tv. I’ve noticed that if this happens my soundbase didn’t come back on when i turned the tv back on so the sound was routed via the tv speakers. I resolved this by stopping the soundbase going into standby mode, so easily solved.

I bought the equivalent 655 model with 1tb hard drive from panasonic refurbished store for ~£180 – hopefully it will prove reliable. Having had a number of dvd hard drive recorders over the years – including a pioneer analogue and toshiba, it looks like panasonic is the only option now. What it doesn’t do (which i understood from research before buying)- no external inputs, so you cant record from sky or any of the apps- no ability to backup to disc (panasonic offer this on another much more expensive model), this is frustrating but i’ve realised i’ve rarely watched any of the 100s of discs i’ve burned previously. I’m hoping the 1tb will mean i can keep some recordings on the machine itself. What it does- record two programs from freeview at the same time- plays dvds and blu-rays with upscaling (not multi-region)- has freeview play for use with apps like iplayer (but my lg smart telly offers that – so probably won’t use)it does include a useful manual, but i’ve managed most of the functions without needing to use it, so it has reasonable usability. A few minor niggles- the freeview guide is rather slow, so setting up a weeks recording can take awhile (and having a paper tv guide to know when things are on is essential), if you were browsing over a few days it would be too frustrating for words. The ability to record a series seems ok. I think the guide it is a bit slower than my lg tv and much slower than the sky box. – i’m not sure why it has options to edit the recorded programs (as you won’t be burning them to disc), and the remote has a handy +60s button to avoid the ads anywaywhat is good- machine is much smaller than my previous hdd/dvd boxes- remote is good (on mine the netflix button is that prominent), it doesn’t require to many confirmation steps before doing stuff. Much better than my old toshiba one- has good playback button options, the first fast forward option retains sound so works well with some of the overly ponderous programmes (especially the annoying documentaries that think they need to provide a recap after every advert break)- picture quality seems good, disc loading is quickin summarygiven the lack of competition in this product category – the panasonic option is good enough.

Basic function is fine, unit works very well, and excels at netflix and amazon prime. Picture quality is excellent, only slight niggle is the rate at which you can navigate the guide is a little slow.

It’s a pretty good machine and freeview play is just amazing. It comes with a good remote control, which is easy to use. I don’t have netflix so can’t comment on that, but i had to fiddle with the settings on my dlna media server to improve the title browsing speed.

Does what it says it will do. It’s predecessor which i’ve had for quite a few years is a shade better.

If you like to keep the clutter under your tv to a minimum then this combined blu-ray player, hard disc recorder, with catch up and popular video on demand services, may just be what you are looking forone quick tip, ensure you check for any new software updates as soon as you have finished the set-up process. This will ensure you have the freeview player functionality. Setup, after you have made the required connections of aerial, hdmi and power, is quite straight forward. Ensure you make all settings, by selecting “yes” to all the setup items to ensure you get the full functionality out of this unit. Wi-fi setup is simple, as long as your router supports wps (most new ones do have this feature). All setup items worked first time for me and io was soon able to explore all the features on offer. After the required software update was installed the basics seem quite easy to operate. The displays are clean and simple to use, as can be seen in the pictures i have added to this review. Pressing the guide button brings up the usual grid showing the tv programs and includes a live inset of the current program. As you select a different program in the grid you get a picture from the program (if available) and a short synopsis.

I think this is a great recorder does all my old sony did and more.

I bought the 1tb version of this (model dmr-pwt655), not from amazon, but i thought this would be a good place to post a review. I did a lot of research before going for this model, and the other on-line reviews were really helpful in making this decision. Set up was straightforward, although there wasn’t a quick start set up guide in the box. Basically, just make sure the power cable, co-axial cable and hdmi leads are plugged from the box into the tv, and then switch on the power. An hdmi cable is already included in the package, despite the salesman in the store saying it wasn’t (cheeky so and so). Then follow the on screen instructions, took about 10 minutes to set up, including the software update (version is 1. Some other reviewers have commented the epg is slow to show the full list of programmes. Mine takes about 3 seconds – not too bad. I have good broadband speed, 50 mbps.

I brought this to replace a old version as the picture and sound quality became bad, wow i am so glad i did, it far exceedes my experience of recording and watching films.

Very pleased with panasonic smart blue-ray player, have got dmr-hwt 250 for the bedroom which is also very good. I don’t think you can beat panasonic.

Freeview hd recorder with integrated blu-ray records, tons of built in apps and, the icing on the cake, was able to access (after a bit of setup) video and audio files on my nas.

Very pleased with dvd recorder , does what it is supposed to do.

The pwt-550 is quick to boot up. The picture excellent manufactured by the high definition tuner (twin tuners) increases the current hd freeview from my samsung smart television, which was by now pretty very good inded. It is 4k prepared and performs blu-ray 3d if essential. Menu is self explanatory and data great high definition from freeview. Is ‘coming soon’ so ideally by close of 2015.

An excellent freeview pvr + blueray dvd player. The only adverse point is that there is no quick way to skip back again & forth a working day at a time as a result of the epg. That apart, the box seems well built, generates an outstanding high-quality photo. I am quite happy with this buy.

Acquired as an update to an more mature panasonic that had developed seem difficulties. A lot, considerably greater so i desire i experienced changed it ages back. I have it joined by using a wired community so i get all the freeview play stuff, way too – fantastic. It truly is prepared for use immediately after a couple of seconds and the menus are definitely clear and precise.

I have been employing this dvd player/tricky push recorder for a number of months. It is obtained hundreds of functions and it can take a while to get utilised to them. Initially the fantastic factors:• to have everything (television set recorder, dvd player, capture-up television set) all in just one box would make connecting up a great deal less complicated, and cuts down on equipment and distant controls• photograph high-quality is excellent• recordings are of large excellent, both of those sd and hd• on replay, the sixty sec skip forward is excellent. I obtain that 5 presses jumps the ad-crack pretty much precisely. • quick ahead has loads of options, from ‘plus one/3’ that keeps both of those photograph and speech, up to a really speedy 128 occasions. If you push pause very first you get 4 concentrations of slo-mo at little by little raising speeds. • freeview play suggests your programme guideline goes back again seven times as very well as ahead 7 days. To accessibility things in the past it instantly connects to the world-wide-web. It is a very good idea that on the whole is effective effectively, but nonetheless has a few annoyances (see underneath). • dvd player is excellentthe points i really do not like:• programme guidebook is slow to navigate.

Desired one unit that could record tv, play dvd/bds and was smart all at the same time. May well seem to be funny, but the major motive above all other factors was to cut down the selection of distant controls i had on my espresso table. No jokethere appeared to be quite small decision to be genuine – a lot of smart tvs, smart blu-ray players, smart challenging disk recorders, but not a lot of all-in-ones. I was contemplating finding a mini computer system and developing my individual solution, but in the stop this appeared much less trouble and i assumed a reason-constructed media centre would be superior at carrying out it really is task nicely. As i discovered, this both of those was, and wasn’t, genuine. All round i am pleased with it, and now i have got made use of to all it truly is quirks i’m very delighted with it, but there are pretty a great deal of quirks, most of which i feel could have been avoided. Permit me record you some execs and drawbacks:professionals+ all in a single alternative+ good photograph quality+ fantastic appears to be and rather compact+ trusted+ fast start off up (of the device, community companies consider a minor while)+ crafted in wifi+ adaptable recording – record 2 factors at when even though viewing a 3rd+ android app that lets you timetable recordings from your cellphone (though see disadvantages underneath)+ devoted on-demand from customers button and dedicated netflix button (ok if you have acquired netflix, but a a lot more generic programmable button would be additional use for amazon key and so on. Shoppers)+ distant handle can be programmed to command tv electrical power, input, channel and volume, this means i am at last living the aspiration and only have a single remote. Only functionality missing is audio mute. Didn’t assume i would use this function half as a great deal as i do. It is good to be in a position to get a cup of tea, get a cellphone call etc and just decide on up where you remaining off+ even far better than pause are living television set is the means to look at the starting of a recording while the relaxation of it is however currently being recorded – you do not need to have to hold out right up until it has completed recording. For illustration, if you established a film to report because you are not likely to be in for the initial 50 % an hour, you can go to the online video menu when you get house and start out looking at from the starting, even while it’s nonetheless in the middle of recording it. Then, you can quickly ahead through the adverts and very quickly you’ve caught up to in which it is ‘live’cons- principal detail for me is the television information is sooo gradual to navigate. There is at the very least a 50 percent second hold off when relocating up or down the channels.

I purchased this for my mother-in-regulation because she needed freeview play and her dvd was of the steam powered selection. Installation was a doddle and receiving her up and running was pretty much minutes. Great effortlessly navigable menus imply she and my father-in-law who are in their 80’s and 90’s are using this with no challenge. This has been in use now for virtually 5 months and have experienced no troubles with it all, even contemplating they insist on turning it off at the plug each and every night. Fantastic wanting unit with a effectively laid out distant that feels superior top quality. If you are wanting for a good freeview play selection this is unquestionably the product to go for.

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Panasonic Smart Blu-Ray Player with 500 GB HDD Recorder and Freeview Play
Rating
2.0 of 5 stars, based on 62 reviews
Price
£269.99
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