Panasonic DMR-BS850 Blu-Ray Recorder

Panasonic DMR-BS850 HD Freesat+ Blu-Ray Recorder Latest Price Comparison

Panasonic are releasing on the 26th June 2009 their first integrated Twin Tuner, Freesat HD Blu-Ray Recorder, the DMR-BS850!

Panasonic have been at the forefront of pushing out support for the Freesat platform integrating the receiver into its Television sets so it’s no suprise that this extends the market and fills an obvious void when it comes to archiving in HD.

The twin tuner means that you are able to record two different programmes simultaneously and if you have a Panasonic Viera TV that supports the Viera Link function then you can use this to instigate the recordings on the DMR-BS850.

Video Formats

Once you have recorded your progammes to the generous 500GB hard drive it can then be saved into H.264 format resulting in a smaller programme foot print whilst retaining the HD quality.  The inclusion of the H.264 format means that users are able to better manage their hard drive space as well as Blu-Ray archiving.  One Blu-Ray disc can store up to a useful 24 hours of HD content allowing you to archive an entire programme season to a single blu-ray disc.

Sound Formats

The Panasonic DMR-BS850 supports both Dolby TrueHD and DTS-Master Audio Essential on Blu-Ray playback.  Obviously you’ll need to connect the Blu-Ray Recorder to a suitbale surround sound amplifier but once connected you’ll be able to enjoy majestic 7.1 channel surround sound from your Blu-Ray discs.

The DMR-BS850 supports the ability to record images from an HD camcorder or Panasonics range of Lumix cameras either to the hard disk or to a Blu-Ray disc.  Additionally you can rip your music CD’s to the hard disk and using Gracenote the sony title and artist are captured on the resulting recording.


Freesat+ gives access to over 140 digital television and radio channels and the beauty of the twin tuner is that should there be a clash between your two favourite programmes you can record them both at the same time!

The freesat+ is controlled via an 8 day Electronic Programme Guide (EPG).  This simple on-screen guide makes it easy to find and select what you want to record.

Series Record

If you regularly record a programme then you can set the recorder once and get it to record every episode in the series of your favourite programmes.  Handily these are then stacked all within a series folder making finding the recordings a simple task.

If you’ve ever set a manual video recorder or DVD recorder you’ll know the havoc a programme over running can have.  Missing the end of a World Cup final because it went to penalties can be devastating to a football fan.  Thankfully should a programme schedule change then you can be safe in the knowledge that your Panasonc DMR-BS850 will record without missing a heart beat!


Archving your recorded programmes from the hard disk to a Blu-Ray disc is lighteningly quick and for those who want to share their own movies and photos with their family they can write the content to a standard writeable DVD.

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