I found it a good machine ( I would have added a half a star, if I could)
I have for the past thirty years only purchased Sony and Panasonic machines (be they VHS recorders/video cameras/radios/amps, ete..) and they did good work (indeed any machine that wasn't manufactured in China was good for me). Since Sony has seen fit to stop manufacturing DVD recorders, I've depended solely upon Panasonic for reliable DVD recorders and they have not let me down (thus far). Indeed over the past three years I have acquired 3 DMR-BWT955L machines (replacing my XW-385's); the only negative things I can say about them is the lack o...f multiple in/outlets (i.e. SVideo etc..) and the inability to actually watch the program that is being recorded to disk (which I loved about the XW-385's). Strange because this ability was available in all previous Panasonic DVD recorders. All in all I have not been disappointed. Having said that, I cannot comment on the Youtube/netflx/iview capabilities as I have never needed to use these.
I have 3 three Panasonic PVR's...ranging from 500g - 1T - 2T (3 Tuners)
My progressive buying has been from $2000 - $900 whilst the weight and build quality has changed...my love of these machines hasn't wavered. The 3T machine (around 5years old) the first of its kind, is used everyday...wonderful friend! It has 'Never' let me down...
Purchased at Harvey Norman.
ABSOLUTE RUBBISH!! DO NOY BUY PANASONIC!!!
Useless piece of crap and no answers from Panasonic technicians having reached out several times...avoid all all costs!!! Save time, money and your personal mental well-being and buy a different “reputable” brand with aftercare!!!
Purchased in December 2018 at JB Hi-Fi for $895.00.
DMRBWT955GL - transfer of data
had this unit for many years. recently its starting to drop channels requiring 're-tuning' and sometimes followed by power off reset - the message is 'invalid channel'. This also happens when there are scheduled recordings resulting in just a blinking red light and nothing else. if multiple recordings you may end up with one of three being recorded. NOT GOOD. you have to stop recording, manually re-tune and start recording which results in significant missing material. I am considering a new unit but am at a loss of how to transfer the recorded...material. I know you can add an external USB drive, but this drive is locked to the unit and you cannot copy material from it. Can it be linked to a new DMRBWT955GL so i don't lose the recordings? I rang Panasonic and ended up talking to someone (obviously not a technician as they had a significant lack of knowledge) and would not transfer me to a person with the requisite knowledge. Furthermore I emailed Panasonic tech support and after almost TWO weeks have not even had an acknowledgement let alone a reply. The question now is, since Panasonic doesn't seem to care, is how can I transfer the recordings, or should I abandon the unit an get a more modern PVR system (not Panasonic). Fetch Mighty has very bad reviews, what is there to turn to. what about a raspberry Pi media centre?
Purchased in January 2016.
Depends on what you want it for!
i highly recommend this unit. for
- time shifting programs from free to air tv
- for watching live free to air tv
- as an optical disk player
The unit is also useful as a:
- dlna player
- dlna server
Not recommended at all.... apps!
- the app library is simply not up to date, and almost any tv will have better apps...
Purchased in June 2018.
I'd give a negative score if I could
Panasonic still sell this quite expensive and seemingly high featured dvr, but they have not updated its now very old network apps. The browser does not support the https protocols used almost exclusively now on the internet. This means you can not even update to a different browser using play store as play store will not accept login from an insecure, ie http, browser. So I can't get any of the catch up tv channels that want a user login because they too want https . This expensive pvr has other bad features. I regret ever buying this pvr and will never buy another Panasonic product again, and I'm happy to tell everyone what I think of Panasonic's contempt for its customers. The are many cheaper, better pvrs.
Purchased in July 2018 for $750.00.
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Sometimes when I set it to record programs it just flashes the red "rec1" constantly rather than actually records but the really annoying thing is the blu-ray player will not put out any volume on blu-ray series. No problem on blu-ray movies but nothing for the series. Picture, no sound. I've called Panasonic about this and they "helpfully" got me to turn the unit off and on about a dozen times and then suggested I take it to a Panasonic tech who is miles away from me. Useless! So, yeah, one of the main reasons I bought this unit and it doesn't even work. Won't be buying Panasonic again.
Purchased in May 2019 at eBay for $549.00.
Disappointed in this unit especially as it cost so much and it's only two weeks old.
The most annoying feature on this unit, (apart from the cost) is that when you are using YouTube, ABC iView and other internet streams the picture appears to be shrunken or cropped with a surrounding black border of 2-3 cm depending on the size of TV screen. Mine is 40"/100cm. My $50 Roku box works so much better and I'll probably keep using it.
Purchased in November 2019 at JB Hifi Home for $669.00.
Hopeless for managing a video library
First the good - high capacity, multi-tuner recording, network connectivity, blu-ray.
USB-HDD additional storage was promising, but unreadable by a PC.
All of our recording comes via AV from a STB, but there is no way of categorising the recordings, like FTA recordings. But even for FTA, you are stuck with the Program Guide category - the category can't be edited!
When naming a recording, the older Pan. PVR had a user list of 20 titles we used for Series titles. For a new recording you selected from the saved list, then just add ep. no. and ...sub-title. The 955 doesn't have this functionality any more. The older Pan PVR allowed sorting the list of recorded titles, which made it a bit easier to find a title. The 955 doesn't have this functionality any more. In fact finding a title amongst 100 pages (700 titles) stored in order of date/time recorded is pathetic. It really needs some form of search function. What's the point of very large storage if its unmanageable?
Purchased in November 2017 at Harvey Norman.
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Steep Learning Curve!
I decided to purchase a new unit for the BluRay facility. However, it seemed sensible to buy a "combo" unit that included three HD tuners and of course the DVD/CD player too. To put it bluntly, it is one of the most complicated PVR/CD/DVD/BluRay machines I have encountered. Playing discs is easy of course, but I was disappointed to discover the DVD player was locked to Region 4. I understand that units still under warranty can be sent/taken to a Panasonic Service Centre and they will convert it to multi-zone, but I live in the country, near...ly four hours away from the nearest city. Why couldn't they just make all Australian units multi-zone out of the factory? Anyway, I still have an excellent Pioneer multi-zoned DVD player connected to the TV to play discs from overseas! The PVR functions are not too complicated if you select the program you wish to record from the Electronic Guide, but remember to edit the schedule to add at least another 30 minutes on the end. We all know of the commercial channels being pre-disposed to running all their program schedules late! The extra buffer time at the end of the recording isn't an issue because there is a 2TB HDD with plenty of space for unwanted finales from The Batchelor/ette, Survivor, The Block, Masterchef, et al. I believe, if I could read through the instruction manual a couple of times, without glazing over, or nodding off, I could probably discover all sorts of facilities and tricks to enhance the pleasure of using this unit, but I've more or less got it to do what I want it for, so best to leave the menus and all those tick boxes well alone. I'm not a technophobe and have always been happy to embrace new gadgets as and when they come on the market, but as you get older in retirement years, you need to pick your battles! I would recommend this unit to a younger generation who enjoys the challenges built in this box of electronics.
Purchased in April 2019.
Updated from my old Panasonic SD Twin Tuner
I bought this two weeks ago to replace my trusted Panasonic SD Twin Tuner because I wanted to record programs in high definition. So easy to set up and has the same style remote control as my previous one which makes life easier. I installed the updated firmware as this often corrects any bugs that may have existed. It also gives you the option of switching off network connection. I love the new look menu list which is comparable to all the the latest new tvs. Recording two programs at the same time went without any hitches from the tv guide. H...aven't used any other of the fancy options like pausing live tv yet. Very happy the unit starts up quicker than my previous Panasonic recorder which was a little frustrating if you want to record something at the last minute. Overall, very happy with it so far. 25/6/2019 Another week has passed and I had the opportunity of taping three programs at once. Once I choose the three programs through the TV guide, I switched off the recorder and watched something else on my tv. All three programs played back perfectly the next day. So pleased with my purchase. Thanks Panasonic for a great product.
Purchased in June 2019 at Harvey Norman for $467.00.
Good Performer but slightly Over Priced by some retailers.
This Unit has replaced an older TOPFIELD DVB and the Panasonic is equivalent in all aspects and can handle the New Formats of HD TV and the Differing Digital Sound Outputs of each Station, MPEG, AAC, Dolby Surround. The Only problems encountered initially were that the Unit Initially produced bad picture jitter on the connected TV but after I did a software Update as per the Operating Instruction Book, Page 92,95 the jitter reduced on the cheap 10yr old BAUHN 47" 100hz HD TV. The DVB Operating Menu takes awhile to get used to after a TOPFIELD ...unit but it all works quite well, with a few minor problem areas such as trying to re designate recorded programs and the fast forward function on recorded programs isn't as good as Topfield because this unit doesn't show how much more of a program is left. Netflix and UTube works well via WiFi and that is better than TopField. The Programming and Recording of Channels is very good in both SD and HD TV. Overall the Unit is quite Good but you need to shop around to get the right price.
Advertising Agencies Hate This Device
Given the frequency, length and inane content of TV commercials it is impossible to watch commercial TV in Australia without one of these devices. We record all programmes on commercial TV that we want to watch and, the moment the ad break looms, we hit forward to the next chapter mark and you're back with the show having skipped the dog food / nappies / shampoo etc. etc.
We bought this Panasonic to replace our aging Sony unit which did not receive all the HD channels in the new format. Never really bought much Panasonic gear before but am r...eally pleased with this unit. The set-up is easy and all menus are intuitive. Given it's advanced features I am able to watch recorded shows remotely via my smart phone due to the units interface with my home wifi network. I am also able to set up record, delete programmes etc in a similar method. I can also use Windows Explorer to drag and drop recorded shows from the Panasonic to my PC for archiving purposes if required. Although in tts format they can be watched via VLC player or converted to a more common format with Handbrake or similar software.
A great recorder, but some Manual info a bit sketchy
The straight forward stuff is well explained and easy to follow. I love it. However some instructions are a little hard to find or follow. Recording a programme on every Monday to Friday I know is possible, but have yet to discover how to set it. For the moment I'm working around that and my overall impression is favorable.
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Three Tuners: the Way to Go
Panasonic's DMR-BWT955GL is a powerful and versatile home entertainment hub. Its standout feature is its three tuners, which enable recordings of three free-to-air programmes at the same time.
Keyword Recording is a new feature, which supplements Timer Recording, giving users a range of recording options.
Because BWT955 is a Blu-ray disc recorder it can copy shows and movies from its HDD (hard disc drive) to blank BD-Rs and DVD-Rs for archiving. But it can also playback Blu-ray discs, DVDs and CDs, a boon for those of us who have built a library of pre-recorded discs.
Picture reproduction is excellent.
Operations in BWT955 are snappier than in some previous Panasonic models.
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It works but overall disappointing for a premium priced product
I got the DMR-BWT599GL as a replacement for my old Humax 4Tune which gave up the ghost. The Humax had 4 Tuners and with it's 3 tuners, this Pana was the nearest thing easily available. Based on past brand experience, I was prepared to be blown away by the refinement of the Panasonic, compared to the Humax. Well, that didn't happen!!
General sound and picture quality is good but I keep seeing this comb pattern at quick changes of video content (reminiscent of badly done bob & weave deinterlacing). C'mon, Panasonic!
But surely, the Panasonic re...
Near perfection. Without something like this, watching commercial TV is plain impossible.
Quality speaks for itself, this is why I have Panasonic.
First I had the DMR-XW480 (2 channel DVD recorder w/o blue-ray). Already great.
But since it could not play blue-ray, and since the DMR-BWT955GL's HD is way bigger, I bought that one, too.
The remote controls of both units are identical, and on the same frequency, thus I had to design a "high-tech"-solution ;) ... to be able to control one but not the other at any one time: A bit of cardboard in front of the infrared-receiver of the recorder, which I do not use at the moment...
Gr...eat huge storage space! Great quality of the recordings. Unit does not miss a beat, i.e. always works. Can't remember which of the 2 recorders plays up once in a blue moon. Solution: Pull the plug, wait 30 sec. and plug in again (just like in IT-Crowd... ;)
Coming to terms with losing Tivo.
I read reviews of a number of PVR's that I initially found from Choice magazine. This Panasonic did seem to have some difficulties for some reviewers here on productreview.com.au, but overall did seem to be the best.
I'm happy to say it has worked flawlessly for us in the 3 or so weeks we have had it now. It was easy to set up and has not been hard to learn how to control and run from the remote.
So far the only criticism I can make is that the volume control on the remote does not work on our Samsung TV. We have to use the Samsung r...emote to change the volume. Our Tivo was hard to beat. Even though this Panasonic is not a perfect replacement in terms of exact function for function, the 3 tuners instead of the 2 on the Tivo is a great improvement. The extra storage so we can opt to record HD programmes is good too.
Great when it works
I love this recorder when it works. With 3 HD tuners I never miss a show and can watch all my catch up without adds. I don't know if it's just my one but every few months I've had to reset it as it's stopped recording. As I said I love it but could work better.
Panasonic fantastic recorder.
This Panasonic DMR-BWT955 GL Blu-Ray Recorder is just great,it has 3 tuners which allows for more recording options, the editing feature is so good and easy to use, the up-scaling to 4K is also great, it produces a great 4K like picture. You can also set serial recording and so easy to setup from the TV guide feature.
Questions & Answers
After setting and recording a Timer Recording, It still shows as a Timer Recording that is still recording. On the left most column the recording Red Circle is shown.
I cannot delete it, a message says "Cannot delete, Timer recording is in progress".
This recording was made 5 months ago.
I can now only have 2 not 3 recordings made at once.
I cannot change settings "while a recording is in progress"
How can i delete this Timer recording.
Have you tried 'watching' the program that is being recorded. Press "stop" & following the prompts i.e. "do you wish to stop recording?" Press "yes". This usually solves the problem for me.
You can also try the following: go to "program check" on the remote. find the 'program' which is being recorded you wish to delete/stop. Hold down the Red button (not the REC button) on the remote until the red circle turns grey & then delete the program. Hope this helps.
Program was deleted after it was watched months ago.
It was then that i attempted to delete it, 2 other Timer Programmes were able to be deleted.
The red button only greys the clock symbol next to the Red Circle.
The Red Circle is always there, as if a recording is in progress, when it is not.
Other info :
The Space column has a ! in it, the info button provides the following :
Timer recording is not active
! Some part or all of programme may not be recorded.
Thank You for your help, any other ideas Please.
Hi Moz, please give us a call on 132600 and the team will be able to assist you.
Can not read or play 4K Blu-ray movies on Panasonic Blu-ray Disc recorder BWT955. Please advise
The BWT955 will not read / play 4K Blu-ray movies. It's give the following message " Can not read disc". Please advise. Thanks Davy
Hi DTWL, for assistance can you please call our customer service team on 132600 and they will assist you.
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