Conclusion: It may be expensive but this Panasonic represents the easiest way to becoming a media mogul without getting adopted by Rupert Murdoch. Great images, an almost infinite features list and top build quality make the BS850 an instant classic.
Pros: Freesat HD is the best thing to happen in space since Bruce Willis blew himself up in Armageddon, and the BS850 is the best thing to happen on Earth since Bruce Willis got shot in Sin City. The two together? Well, let’s just say it’s no Hudson Hawk. High def satellite broadcasts and Blu-ray discs look and sound stunning, both (pixel-perfect) recording systems are fast and efficient, and Panasonic’s VieraCast streams YouTube vids and Picasa snaps as sweetly as a real P...
Cons: It’s impressive how simple Panasonic has kept such a powerful device, but things do get a little head-scratchy when it comes to dubbing down recordings to disc (DVD or Blu-ray) – especially as you only get write-once privileges with most HD broadcasts. The BS850 isn’t really optimised for web browsing, either, making tapping in YouTube requests less than exhilarating. The real failing, though, is the breath-taking price – hundreds of quid more than buying, say, Humax’...
Summary: When I requested this it was the only Blu-ray recorder for use with a TV, as far as I know it still is. However it also has dual Freesat receivers built in as well as a hard disc and it is even possible to transfer items via SCART from another PVR.
Summary: If Panasonic gets its way, this will be the ‘one box to rule them all’ in the front room of the future. The DMR-BS850 is the first box to hit the UK that combines a Freesat+ PVR with a Blu-ray player/recorder. That’s right, not just a 500GB hard disk to fill with high-definition content, but also the chance to archive HD to Blu-ray disc. Standing only a little taller than Panasonic’s Blu-ray players, the DMR-BS850 is a design triumph.
Excerpt: It's no exaggeration to say that the £1,000 DMR-BS850 is the most advanced digital recorder ever sold in the UK; due to go down in AV history as the UK's ﬁrst Blu-ray recorder, it sports a 500GB hard drive and twin Freesat HD tuners.
Conclusion: Gelungene Premiere für den Blu-ray-Recorder DMR-BS 850 von Pansasonic: Er liefert nicht nur scharfe HDTV-Aufnahmen, sondern beeindruckt auch als Settop-Box, Player und Home Server. Trotz dieser Funktionsvielfalt bleibt die Bedienung übersichtlich – Hut ab vor den Entwicklern.