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.
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.
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. :)
Questions & Answers
I registered an external hard drive, USB HDD 2TB, to my Panasonic DMR-BWT955. However, after registration the Panasonic DMR-BWT955 seems to kill the external USB HDD. The drive select says "No USB Connected". I could connect the USB HDD to my computer before but not after registering to my Panasonic DMR-BWT955. Cannot trust using another new external USB HDD. This happened to two new external hard drives. Very grateful for some guidance or a solution.
Hi John, Best to gave our customer service team a call on 132600 and they will assist you further.
how do i turn my tv off with the remote control. when i presss the tv button nothing happens. my tv stays on .
I have a 955 which worked well for a while. Now, programs recorded on the HDD will not play back. This was an intermittant fault at first, but is now chronic. Is there a fix?
It's a great player, however it doesn't play/not play if all is well. I would suggest contacting Panasonic Service Dept...
Hi Terry, please give us a call on 132600 and our customer service team will be able to assist you.
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