Summary: had this just over 2 years and try not to use it as its very, very slow. it takes that long to load up that I have pressed it a second time thinking I hadnt turned it on and so switch it off. Bought to link to my panasonic tv which it does but its not up to the standard you would expect from panasonic.
Think twice if you intend to copy to DVD to play on other equipment
J. R. Warman, Amazon
15 January 2011
Summary: If you intend to copy to DVD to play on other players, think twice. It will only record to DVD in 4:3 aspect, even if your original is 16:9 When played on the BS850EB, no problem. I was in 'Cloud Cuckoo Land' for months until I wanted to play a DVD in another room (different player) - most disappointing, and you can't even fool the TV to make it wide-screen.
Summary: Before buying this I read some of the reviews on these Panasonic Freesat tuners and was a little concerned before placing my order. For a while I had been considering binning Sky - I didn't have Sky HD and didn't see why I should pay ever month to watch the odd HD program. I already had twin satellite feed into my front room and was using a Goodman HD box on one 'freesat' channel and a standard Grundig box on a second 'Sky' channel - I also had a Pioneer HDD/DVD...
Summary: Received this item very quickly after order. Well packaged and in excellent condition. Set up was very easy after going through the rather large complicated Panasonic DMR-BS850EBK Twin Freesat Tuners 500GB HDD Blu-ray Recorder manual. I have it hooked up to a Panasonic TX50G20 television. The quality of the recording is excellent in hd and also in standard format. Once you understand the way you have to input the information it is a delight to use.
Summary: I cannot receive freeview and no-one makes a 22inch freesat TV so this was the best option at the price. Only one issue - the tuner doesn't boot up my 22 in. Panasonic freeview TV as well as it does the 37 in. freesat model. Operation otherwise excellent with enormous hard drive storage and easy transfer to high capacity disc.
Summary: The Panasonic Freesat unit is easy enough to set up and with an HDMI cable connected the pictures are superb. HD all the way even when not viewing HD channels. The unit is considerably slower in use than a SKY box but then you don't have to pay for ever more. It records well, but when playing back there is only one fast forward speed which is 1.3 times.
Can't buy this as they can not guarantee to play all Bluray
Malcolm Cuzick "QUE PCs", Amazon
28 June 2010
Summary: Can't buy this as they can not guarantee to play all Bluray DVD films as we have needed to update the software on the bluray player about 10 time, each time we whatched a film and it took 30 mins to compleat but the last film we can not get an update to play it and no shop can give me a guarantee that I can play every bluray film on this player as there are so many players out that can not be updated to play new films, so this tech is already dead?
Summary: This was my first venture into HD, and my first into satellite technology too. Though I consider myself reasonably tech savvy, and had read a lot of reviews and forum material, I still felt rather unsure of taking the final step and actually buying something as expensive as the Panasonic. After 5 months of use, I am still overwhelmed by the quality of both the Panasonic box and of Freesat HD in general. Watching a David Attenborough documentary in HD is mind blowing.
Item faulty and Panasonic's dreadful customer service
A. Gittens, Amazon
30 April 2010
Summary: In itself the Panasonic Blu Ray Recorder works fine but HD programmes recorded in original quality from the Hard Drive onto Blu Ray discs will not play properly in other Blu Ray players. The Blu Ray recordings play perfectly well in the player on the recorder unit but not in other Panasonic stand alone Blu Ray players, where the playback is very unstable. This fault makes the overall enjoyment of the product very restrictive.