New models include advanced features such as High Definition Recording, DNLA Home Networking as well as Viera Cast and Viera Link integration
Panasonic have announced its new flagship DVD Recorders– the DMR-XW480 and DMR-XW380. These models offer High Definition recording, DLNA Home Networking, twin HD tuners and a host of advanced new features. The new models demonstrate Panasonic’s ongoing commitment to innovation and quality in the High Definition age, incorporating leading-edge capabilities such as twin HD tuners which enable customers to record two digital broadcasts at the same time.
“Panasonic’s DVD Recorders lead the industry, receiving the GfK No 1 Award based on the highest number of unit sales for the 2009 calendar year. Panasonic also recorded the highest value sales over the same time period. We expect this new range to be an even more compelling offering for Australian families”
Sophie Barton, Group Marketing Manager AV, Panasonic Australia
The key features of the new models are as follows:
Convenient Networking and Connectivity
For networking opportunities, both Recorders come with DLNA Server functionality. Using your LAN connection, recorded programs, AVCHD and JPEG files archived on the hard disc drive can be viewed and enjoyed in a separate room via a compatible DLNA client device.
Using DLNA technology, Panasonic Blu-ray Disc Players and Blu-ray Home Theatre Systems can access content archived on DLNA Server Blu-ray Disc Recorders, DVD Recorders with HD Recording, or compliant devices. By simply connecting to your Home Network (LAN), you can enjoy accessing recorded programs, AVCHD video, and JPEG files. For example, in a typical family scenario, the kids could be in the lounge watching the VIERA TV and viewing content from their Blu-Ray Disc Recorder’s HDD such as a movie or TV program.
VIERA Cast provides consumers with user-friendly internet enabled technology to access YouTube, Web-based photos on Picasa, stock information on Bloomberg and weather forecasts. This innovative function can be easily accessed using a single button on the Recorder’s remote control for viewing on any home TV.
By connecting a DVD Recorder to a VIERA Link-compatible Panasonic VIERA TV via an HDMI cable, the user can control Panasonic AV components. Using the Seamless Graphical User Interface, when the TV is on, simply press the VIERA Link button on the remote and select ‘Recorder’ on the VIERA Link menu screen. The Recorder’s menu will display on the TV screen, and you can operate the Blu-ray using one remote.
Model Release Dates and Pricing
DMR-XW480 – April $999
DMR-XW380 – April $799