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. :)
- Verified purchase
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...
Perfection and can use ext drives to expand teh storage
Been using Panasonic recorders since 2003. The first was the DMR-E30 with no internal hard drive then the EH60, EH55, EX75, the 720 BD twin tuner and now this one with 3 tuners to record 3 channels at eh same time.
Must go into setup, basic and set the chapter points to off which I strongly advise. That way one can edit out ads and create your own chapter points or set it to auto or a chapter point every 5 mins.
The USB option you'll need to go into usb management to set the drive up to move any video from the internal hard drive of the r...ecorder to the ext drive. I strongly recommend WD USB3 2TB Element drives which are about the only ext USB3 that connect 100% of the time to the PC or anything else. This recorder will play MP4, MKV, AVI's etc.... Many I know in the DVD authoring world and blu ray authoring will use these panny recorders for editing as they are that powerful.
This is really impressive
I bought this PVR a few days ago (13th December 2015). Wow .. this is impressive.
By the way, I also own another Panasonic PVR (DMR-BWT720GL purchased in October 2012 which is still going strong and is also an excellent PVR). I also once owned an LG PVR (and you can read my review of that dismal product which thankfully died many years ago).
For this review, I'm going to compare this new Panasonic (DMR-BWT955GL) against the 3 year old Panasonic (DMR-BWT720GL).
Things that are better:
1) Triple tuner. If you think this is only for TV...
Questions & Answers
I have a Panasonic 955Gl I notice it has some useless apps that I don’t require which I have deleted. I also see there are empty positions to download Apps but it seems I don’t have a choice to pick my own, if this is the case I find that to be disturbing, that you cannot download an app of your choice am I correct in saying this. Not happy Jan.
This Panasonic does not have a current browser so you can not load playstore and add apps through that. I have also been unable to load apps through any other browser. The problem seems to be that the installed browser uses http instead of current usage https and is considered unsafe and therefore not now supported. I too am unhappy with this situation and it seems unlikely that Panasonic are ever going to offer a firmware update to fix this. Annoying for a relatively expensive dvr.
I have just replaced my old panasonic with the new DMR-BWT955 and there is no longer any way to sort recorded titles or to change prog. type. How do you organise the hard drive? I cannot live with this chaos.
I am finding the recorder is recording double ups. You can't delete the 2nd one. Also when select record single time from the guide it is recording series.
I have used these machines for years, never had so many glitches. Please help.
Panasonic Australia C.Panasonic
Hi KK, best to start with a factory reset. If you still have further problems, please contact our customer service team on 132600
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