Absolutely disappointed with this - a complete waste of money
I find this system does not provide basic usefulness and the interface is way too difficult to navigate intuitively. Still cannot find how to set a time WATCH another program not RECORD but it does not seem to exist.
Twice the system has lost all DTV station settings for no reason and I have to reset the entire system to get them re-tuned. Not what I would expect and have never had this issue with previous system. Bought it to replace a 13yo Beyonwiz for a plasma TV but will be on selling to buy another new Beyonwiz as it is too hard to navigate
It does not match the standards I have come to expect from other Panasonic systems I own and I will start replacing older Panasonic equipment with other suppliers as they become outdated.
Purchased in January 2021 at JB Hi-Fi for $448.00.
not what I expected
Expected to be able to watch Optus, Kayo etc. Only crap apps of no interest. Should have bought a cheap recorder and a Firestick.and saved $300.00 Why make a product with such limited facilities.
Purchased in February 2021 for $399.00.
OK but volume problem
Sd volume much lower than HD ones
I can not fix it! What to do?
I have tried going through menu but nothing solves this fault
Nb¦ my connected tcl tv volumes are fine!
Purchased in November 2019 at JB Hi-Fi for $298.00.
not a useful PVR
this is not a useful machine. you can either have continuous tuned channel recording up to 1.5 hours but without rewind or only up to six hours of operation with rewind. this means that unless you remember to turn it on in the late afternoon you are unable to rewind. the whole idea of a PVR is to allow catch up TV when arriving home late for a program at any time of the day.
Panasonic help was not useful.
buy a Beyondwiz instead.
Purchased in September 2020 at The Good Guys for $524.00.
Great product - recently have problems with no sound.
Have been very satisified with this product, but last few months have been through 5 HDMI cables thinking they were faulty - but have tested on the same TV but with a different PVR and they are all in good condition. So it is this PVR that has an issue with the sound. On start up there is no sound but good picture. Has anyone else had same problem and is there a fix? Unit was purchased on 5/2/2019.
Panasonic quality is not what it was.
The user interface is soooo sloow and clunky which might have been forgivable if it worked properly, but its getting worse and worse in its operation. It has occasionally decided not to record set programmes. I reset the machine to factory state but things are worse. The unit has now gone completely mad. It records programmes that have not been set, won't record when it should, and when it does, it doesn't switch off but just carries on and on recording. The EPG can often take ages and ages to come up, and as I have a Panasonic TV its now 'infected' that as well - it behaves the same, though it never used to before it was connected to the this pvr! Its now just 3 months after the warranty expired! Perfect! No more Panasonic for me.
Purchased in January 2019 at The Good Guys for $499.00.
Would not buy again
You cannot add apps it comes preloaded with SBS on demand, ABC live You Tube and Netflix and does not allow you to add apps. It is not as user friendly as other models
Purchased in November 2019 for $349.00.
Should be 5 Star but......
I have had 4 Panasonic recorders now and love them. Great products that are easy and practical to use, except the previous 3 and I suspect the latest will be no different. The don't last.
My first 18 months
Second 13 months
Third 14 months
Current 6 Months
All with Hard drive failure and two remotes were failing too.
Like some many thing these days built to have a finite life.
BEWARE! of what you only discover after setup!
The box of the Panasonic DMR-HWT260 HDD Recorder (as did the salesman) trumpets it can record 2 TV programs simultaneously ... you need to read the fine print in the middle of the instruction book to find it is not possible to watch another channel at the same time!! The Key word option sounds good, but complicated to delete. Instructions to record a program convoluted and not user friendly.. Wish I had my Optus Fetch back. One click recording, 2 click series tag and easy to delete. No "go here; select this; press that"!! Rubbish. Not happy ... incase you didn't notice!
Purchased in August 2019 for $350.00.
Some good features but frustrating to use~
I still have an LG HR598D PVR which is annoying because it takes too long to boot up as part of it's sequence is to look for CD first, and it has no smart TV features, but it does get the latest TV channels
I also bought this DMR-HWT260 which I thought was great at first with it's smart features, aaccessing streaming services like iView & SBS On-DEmand, and other DLNA servers on my home network.
Then I found I couldn't watch content from my DLNA server when it recorded, which I can to in the LG, and it's apps for SBS On-Demand and iView were s...
Purchased in December 2018.
Best feature - No more Ads
Bought this machine February 2019 and couldn't be happier. 1TB of space. Records two channels while watching a third. Easy setup, easy to use, good quality record and can skip ads on recorded material. Pays for itself right there!! I think the sound is ok, but husband is a bit deaf and thinks the sound could be better, however I attached a wireless Bose 10 beside him and he is very happy. The previous model by Panasonic took a life time to start with the constant 'Please Wait', but this one does not have the same problem. Great product!
Purchased in February 2019 at Harvey Norman for $359.00.
Panasonic Netflix problems
Have been using it for a couple of years and have up to date been very happy. Easy controls and lovely picture on my old Sony TV. Recently though, it has started to freeze where I cant turn it off. Now it loads Netflix OK but Netflix is unable to play the title I choose. I am able to use my AppleTV so it's a Panasonic problem. This is sad as it's otherwise a good product.
Purchased in October 2017 at Harvey Norman Retail Stores - Furniture for $477.00.
not a good start !
Bought it this morning. already confused, needs more cables than the cheap Topfield (which I have to replace because it's not supported update it-grrr!) The remote control is not compatible with TEAC tv; which means I have to use two remotes, very poor ! I notice Hisense is not listed either ! Buyer beware. Technology certainly isn't making life simpler ! I haven't even connected it up yet - lets hope it works !
January 30th 2019 Update: getting worse
see previous comments just below
easy to navigate = no ! does it do as mu...
Great unit, well documented and easy to setup
The unit works smoothly and without fuss or complexity. The setup was well guided by the on screen prompts. The Program Guide is excellent and recording is reliable and easy to find and playback. We read the reviews before we bought the unit - the 'No Mute' was at first a concern but the PAUSE LIVE TV actually is better as you don't miss anything while in PAUSE. I would recommend this unit.
Great reliable product, records 2 programs while watching another, records in good quality, easy to find buttons & the guide is quick & easy to follow for free to air, freeview & any programs for streaming. Have one for the family room & now this one for the lounge room great to have same because we can record on the two products & be able to set them up as a homegroup enabling viewing one program from the family room in the lounge room
Would definitely recommend
Does The Job But Opportunities Missed
Video playback reproduction is very good, however audio is somewhat ordinary. EPG is excellent, providing all channels in a single view and both single shows or series recordings can be set from this interface. If manual setting is required, only single or weekly repeat is available - daily, weekday or weekend program settings aren't permitted . This is extremely unusual, a situation I've never encountered before.
On the plus side, the unit has been 100% recording reliable to date. Both timer recording and playback menus are easy to navigate, ...
Very Happy with It
I have simple needs when it comes to recording shows, so this device caters for all I need (and more). It was easy to set-up, easy to program, easy to get to internet options such as iView, etc. and easy to view your recorded list. I can't live without it now. I haven't had any issue with missed shows, etc. The recording quality is very good (can't fault it).
Just a PVR
it's Ok, I've always been a big fan of Panasonic but of late I don't know where they've gone wrong but Panasonic isn't upto standards of yesterday, this PVR is Ok, it hasn't missed any programs, lets you know when there is a clash of timed programs, better than others on the market but it seems to be missing certain simple features and one that I need is a reminder of when a program is about to start. Other than that it's not a bad product, still believe that Panasonic have dropped their standards.
Excellent User Friendly Product
Had a faulty Humax DVR replaced 2 times before finally getting a store credit and paying a little more for this Panasonic DVR . Easy to install and set up . Easy to navigate the menu . Netflix button . Series recording and great storage space . Very user friendly. It’s a twin tuner so records 2 programs at a time which is standard ... if you want to record 4 programs at a time go spend more money and purchase a quad recorder . Not sure what some customers expect for one of the less expensive PVR’s ? Couldn’t be happier after a year trying to get some service and a DVR that worked out of Humax .
Not up to today's expected standard.
Not worth the money. No good, 30 second blackout, program recorded lost yet showed 122 minutes recorded, Panasonic say see page..... Plenty of storage space, unit on time for recordings, but quality not so good. Replaced another Panasonic that dropped FHD channels 6 months after purchase, then could not record 2 programs at once! Navigation was good, should have brought the Samsung. Why do you need to buy a Panasonic TV as well? Because they can talk to each other with their systems.
Questions & Answers
Any idea why ABC Iview has stopped working in the past week ( since daylight saving ended of course in Victoria ) on my HWT260? The Iview screen says check the clock but it is on automatic and all the regular TV programs are fine.
Hi Rays, Please give our customer service team a call on 132600 and they will be able to assist you.
I have just auto tuned all TV channels, now I cannot access my recorded programs. No menu, no nothing. It's like it's not sending anything to the TV at all. Help please.
Hi Mike, please give us a call on 132600 and the team will be able to assist you.
When set to Record it is not recording. The recorded channel shows "no signal" so there is no picture and no recording. I have had the machine for 6 months and this is the 1st problem. Very frustrating as I am missing programs I want to record and watch when convenient. Help please.
Hi Anne444, Please give our customer service team a call on 132600 for assistance.
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