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Panasonic DMR-BS880 Blu-Ray Recorder

The Panasonic DMR-BS880 Blu-Ray Recorder


  • Top quality playback on recording and picture quality, outstripping the BS880’s predecessor.
  • H284 Long time archiving and PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus
  • Complete with Freesat and Freesat compatible twin HD tuners
  • Easy operation, pause and rewind live TV
  • Multi Media HD storage and archiving. Networks with HD camcorder and a digital still camera

Latest Prices on the Panasonic DMR-BS880EBK Blu-Ray Recorder

One of Panasonic’s latest viewing and recording offerings is the DMR-BS880, which is a newer version of the DMR-BS850 but with some great new features. The most striking advantage that the DMR-BS880 has over its predecessor is that the Twin HD Satellite Tuner, first introduced in the BS850, it can record material from any channel this feature places the BS880 streets above its competitors and earlier versions of the machine because it means you can watch one channel while recording one or more other channels. Although the general features of the BS880 and the BS850 are much the same, this version is powerful due to the size of its huilt in hard disk and its ability to contain seventy plus hours of top quality HD recordings.

If you like a classy looking device then you won’t be disappointed with this design. The BS880 Blu-Ray Recorder is stylishly finished in smooth black and the silver strip around the bottom of the casing gives it a design edge. If you are one of those people who has problems with seeing the display on your machine, then this one won’t be a problem as the display panel is bright and the programme information legible. Those people who like adding extra gadgets and devices to their equipment won’t be disappointed as there are plenty of input and output sockets for you to play around with. The addition of a USB port on the right side of the machine and the SD card are the things that make the BS880 so versatile and it takes no time at all to hook up your MP3 to the machine and transfer the files to the hard disk.

The BS880 has a much clearer and easier to read navigation panel than the BS850, it’s colours are brighter and it is generally a better presentation than before so it is much easier to see what recordings you have. Yet another improvement on the BS850 is the newer version’s functions menu, it contains more information and the icons and the graphics are much better than before.The video outputs on the BS850 have been dumped but the BS880 still has two scars one that picks up and feeds the signals from other applications and the other for output. . One of the best things about this machine is that it allows you to record Freesat television in its original quality when you use the DR recording mode, because it uses the digital bitestream the picture remains the same as it was originally.

With the BS880 you can burn any of the programmes you’ve reorded on the hard drive to Blu-ray or DVD and swap recordings with others. As with the BS850 users still have to be mindful of copyright when you record onto Blu-ray however, the notification system on this is much better than on the previous model. While the BS880 has a tremendous amount going for it, many Blu-ray fans will be put off by the price tag.

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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