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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.
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.
This machine is almost perfect
Fantastic quality recordings, huge amount of recording space (2GB), plays Blu-Rays and region free DVDs. Recording through the Guide is so easy even Mon-Fri recordings. Can record three programmes at once. Be sure to update the firmware immediately on purchase, this solves a few problems recording through the Guide. Haven't tried 4K as my TV is not capable.
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If only it worked the way it should
The recorder does not always record the TV program from the TV guide. Selecting a TV program to record every week the unit will not record the TV programme if it does not obtain the information from the TV guide, which is often. The recorder has a problem obtaining (reading) current TV guide from the various TV channels. Also beware the recorder only up-scales to 4k which means it will not play 4k dvd's
Excellent unit and has not missed a beat so far
I recently purchased this unit as a newly acquired last gen Samsung Plasma had horrible problems with recording via the freeview EPG.
I am really impressed as usual with the quality and user friendliness of Panasonic devices.
The reliability so far with timing recordings has been superb and the triple tuner is great-Amazing how often the best programs of the day are scheduled at the same time.
Setup was extremely intuitive and fast-probably took me 15 minutes to connect the unit to the TV and tune in the channels and connect to the network. ...
Unable to do basic things
NOT a TIVO alternative. Can not pause live tv unless you are recording it. Can not pause a recording and watch another channel. Very bad control. To many basic hic ups to list. I believe that all the great reviews are submitted by Panasonic staff. Third Panasonic purchase. Tv is ok. Home theatre product the worst I have ever bought.
BEWARE - DOES NOT PLAY 4K DVD/VIDEOS - Despite 4K Badge!
Bought this unit and 4K OLED TV to watch 4K Videos as the clear BOLD 4K badging on the unit and tech data showed that it was 4K ...but it will not actually play 4K Videos as expected.....".cannot read this..."
I feel quite unimpressed by this deception and feel mislead by the Panasonic presentation and marketing information. Accordingly I cannot recommend it as a 4K device.
Value for money, easy to use, 4K upscale
Wow this one exceeds my old Panasonic by far (DMR-BW880). Triple HD Tuner, 2TB hard drive which I can record 1000+ hours, 4K upscale, blu-ray recorder and media player. Record up to 3 channels and watch a disc at same time. Programming is easy with preview box in EPG. A must have for an all one one device.
It's early days but so far excellent.
We bought this a week ago so it's early days. Just some issues and maybe another reviewer can help me out. When we set a program to record, even if we don't choose the "Keyword" option, it records every repeat and every showing on every channel eg, ABC1, ABC2, etc. so you end up with 10 recordings. Also, maybe someone can tell me how to add time to the recording because a movie just squeaked in the other day and we got no credits. But apart from that I find it easy to navigate and a huge improvement on the last box we had which was a Topfield. When I've learned to drive it properly I'll report back. :)
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I purchased this for Christmas Dec 2015 from JB HIFI on special for $598. I started using it January 2016. I had been looking for a replacement pvr as I had an old Panasonic model that only recorded 1 program. Wanted an all in one blu ray & pvr. Big mistake.
Next time I will be buying separate units. This is essentially an all in one yet separate unit. Really disappointed. No more Panasonic for me unfortunately.
-Cannot play a bluray disc & record tv at the same time. It is essentially two separate units in one and that is just ridi...
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Questions & Answers
turned on my recorder dmr- bwt955 and the screen on the tv and the recorded programs went pink
Panasonic Australia C.Panasonic
Hi George, please contact our customer service team on 132600 for further trouble shooting assistance.
When accessing SBS on-demand, some programs are unable to be accessed - error: videos could not be found.
This only applies on some programs, what can we do to rectify this? Do I need to uninstall the SBS-on demand app on the device and reinstall?
My Panasonic dmr-bwt955gl seems to have stopped converting files automatically from DR mode to the quality I choose when programming (usually LP) when it's in standby mode. It used to do this but hasn't done it now for about 3 weeks and as a consequence recordings are building up in DR mode and the HDD capacity is dropping rapidly. Also I can't copy recordings onto a DVD when they're in the DR mode.
I can manually make the recorder convert the files but it used to do this automatically.
Also can you confirm if I want to copy recordings onto an external hard drive it has to have an external power source. Thanks.
Panasonic Australia C.Panasonic
Hi Colin, it would be best to start with a factory reset, which you will find the instructions in the user manual. Please note it won't delete past recordings, but you will lose all future timer recordings. If this is unsuccessful, please contact our customer service team on 132600 for further assistance.
Yes you will need a hard drive with an external power supply to use with your recorder.
Thanks. I did a 'shipping' reset and the recorder is now converting files when in standby mode. One thing I've noticed now which is different is when I do a timer recording I have to select the file conversion I want every time. The default is none whereas previously the default was the one I mostly used which was DR - LP. I had a look in recording settings but I couldn't find anything about changing the default setting. It's not really a big deal, just means I have to press buttons a few more times for each timer recording I set up.
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