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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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...
Bells & whistles
Looks pretty, does what it does within it's capabilities.
Has an on/off switch.
Tells the time & connects to the Internet.
I like the dvd tray, it goes in and out at command.
You can watch stuff anytime you like.
Questions & Answers
I have a Panasonic 3D Blu- ray/ disc recorder DMR-BWT700 recording turning green during playback of recorded programs.
Can the DMR-BWT955GL recorder be changed to multi region?
My TV keeps displaying "LOADING". If I press the Exit button, it disappears for a few seconds. How do I remove it permanently.
I'm experiencing the same anomaly, started to investigate then noticed it's not there on 'Playback'...I'll pursue again since you've attracted my attention...
Thanks, I would really like to get rid of it. Mine only appears when watching live.
Hi Steve, Maybe give our customer service team a call on 132600 and they will assist you.
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