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Panasonic Germany Unveils Blu-ray Disc Recorders

Panasonic Corporation announced two new DIGA Blu-ray Disc recorders for the German market, the DMR-BS885 and DMR-BS785 (successors to the DMR-BS850 and BS750).

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Panasonic presents Blu-ray Disc ™ Recorders
DMR-BS885/785 is leading the way into the HD age

Berlin, Germany (September 1, 2010) – Panasonic announced the introduction of two new DIGA Blu-ray Disc™ recorder line-ups. The DMR-BS885 and BS785 are the successors of the DMR-BS850 and BS750, which were Germany’s first Blu-ray Disc™ Recorders. Both Blu-ray Disc™ Recorder line-ups feature twin HD satellite tuners, which enable customers to record digital broadcasts in Full-HD quality. Besides their ability to record two digital broadcasts at the same time, the twin HD tuners also allow users without a digital TV to watch a digital broadcast and record it simultaneously. 5.1-channel surround sound (Dolby Digital or Dolby Digital Plus) signal and subtitles that are included in digital broadcasts can also be recorded, allowing users to enjoy surround sound and subtitles during playback.

The DMR-BS885/BS785 also archive onto a dual-layer Blu-ray DiscTM, and they come with an SD memory card slot, making it easy to view motion (AVCHD format) and still images captured with an HD camcorder or digital still camera. Both models also feature an HD Archiving function that makes it possible to save beautiful Full-HD images from an SD memory card onto the built-in hard disk drive and a Blu-ray DiscTM. Also, in addition to a High Speed Copying function, a DR File Conversion function makes it possible to convert TV programmes recorded in DR mode on HDD into HG, HX, HE, HL or HM mode (High Definition). This greatly shortens the time required to archive recorded programmes in HDD onto BD-RE or BD-R.

Easy to use graphical interface
The graphical user interface (GUI) has also become easier to use. More functions can now be accessed from the top menu, and an operating guide is displayed to help users to quickly find the function they want. The title of the selected content is displayed in an enlarged view, making it easier to confirm the selection.

High Quality Imaging
Image-enhancing features include the PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus for Blu-ray Disc™ content, which reproduces films with colours that are exceptionally faithful to the original. The combination of the Blu-ray Disc™ software encoding technology cultivated by the Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory (PHL) and the decoding technology accumulated by Panasonic has led to the development of the “PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus,” a high quality image technology for faithfully reproducing film content. For standard definition DVDs as well as 1080i and less sources, the P4HD renders progressive images superbly, expresses motion smoothly, and draws crisp diagonal lines.

Wide networking possible
The DMR-BS885/BS785 is equipped with DLNA server functionality. By connecting to LAN and with compatible DLNA client device, the recorded programmes, AVCHD and JPEG files archived on DIGA’s hard disk drive can be enjoyed in a separate room. Also by connecting the DMR-BS885/BS785 to the Internet, VIERA CAST lets the user view videos on YouTubeTM, Web-based photos on PicasaTM, music content on QTom, news on Tagesschau and more Internet content. BD-Live also allows Blu-ray Disc™ bonus content to be downloaded and Internet games to be played. For superior audio quality, the DMR-BS885/BS785 uses the HD Audio codec based on the Blu-ray DiscTM standards to decode Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio Essential for up to 7.1-channel output.

The DMR-BS885/BS785 is built for wide, easy networking too. The VIERA Link function allows operation via a VIERA remote control. And, of course, it complies with the EUP Directive, achieving a low power consumption of 0.25 W (1) , which falls far below the stipulated value. (2)

With their superior recording ability, outstanding image and sound quality, wide networking, easy operation and environmentally friendly design, the DMR-BS885/BS785 debuts as high-performance recorders perfectly suited to the HD age.

Stunning Recording and Playback Picture Quality
H.264 Long Time Archiving
DIGA’s H.264 encoder compresses the recorded programmes at a lower bitrate but retains its high-definition resolution, which takes up less space on the disc without compromising on picture quality as much. The images are crisp and clear due to advanced compression technologies that are optimised to match each scene.

PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus
The PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus is a high quality image processing technology developed to precisely process each pixel of the Blu-ray Disc™ video signal. It reproduces colour data with more faithfully than the conventional system.

Enjoy Recorded Content in a Separate Room
Using DLNA® technology, Panasonic Blu-ray Disc™ players and home cinema systems can access the data (recorded programmes, photo, movie) on the DLNA Server High Definition Recorders (DIGA) or compliant PC*. By simply connecting to your Home Network (LAN), you can enjoy AVCHD,JPEG files and recorded programmes on your DIGA or AVCHD, WMV, and JPEG on your PC*.
*Requires Windows 7 Operating System.

Long Time Archiving in HD Quality
35-Hour Long Time Archiving in HM mode
This function is also convenient for saving hard disk space. In HM mode, a maximum of 35 hours of high definition recording data can be saved onto BD-RE DL/BD-R DL (50GB).

Easy and Convenient Operation
Pause Live TV and Rewind Live TV
DIGA becomes more convenient with addition of Rewind Live TV. On top of Pause Live TV, which lets you pause live TV programmes as if you are watching recorded programmes, Rewind Live TV will allow you to rewind live TV to the scene which you want to, up to 1 hour 30 minutes, so you will not miss important moments.

*Rewind Live TV will be effective while channel stays the same.
*When W-recording, the function of Rewind Live TV does not work.
*For Pause Live TV and Rewind Live TV when 8 hours pass since the programme was recorded, the recording stops. After Pause Live TV or Rewind Live TV is activated, the limitation of 8 hours recording begins.

Multi Media HD Storage/Archiving
Networking with HD Camcorder and Digital Still Camera
Home movies and photos can be transferred via SD memory card to the HDD, DVD, Blu-ray Disc™. Until now, transferring and storing HD Camcorder images was a time-consuming process performed on your PC. A Panasonic recorder makes this process effortlessly simple.
*JPEG copying is available only for DVD-RAM, BD-RE, HDD.
Archiving AVCHD only for DVD-R, BD-R, BD-RE, HDD.

Technical specifications

Blu-ray DiscTM Recorder with HDD (500GB) and Twin HD Satellite Tuner
1. High Definition Recording & Playback onto HDD and archiving onto Blu-ray Disc
2. Twin HD Satellite Tuner
3. DLNA Home Networking

Blu-ray DiscTM Recorder with HDD (250GB) and Twin HD Satellite Tuner
1. High Definition Recording & Playback onto HDD and archiving onto Blu-ray Disc
2. Twin HD Satellite Tuner
3. DLNA Home Networking

High Quality Picture Recording and Playback
• H.264 Encoder for Long Time Archiving with HD Quality
• PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus (Blu-ray DiscTM Playback only)
• HD Chroma Processor
• 1080/24p Playback
• P4HD
• Detail Clarity Processor

Easy to Use
• 35Hours Long Time Archiving on BD-R DL/-RE DL
• Two CI Slot
• Rewind Live TV
• Pause Live TV
• Auto Scene Chapter
• 10 Sec Skip Back Button

• DLNA Home Server
• BD-Live
• USB/ SD Memory Card Slot
• AVCHD Copying on BD-R/BD-RE/DVD-R from DSC and HD Camcorder
• Slideshow with Music

Environmental Friendly
• Low Power Consumption 0.25W in Standby Mode
• Eco VIERA Link

1. In Standby Mode
2. 1.0W in 2009, 0.5W in 2012

About Panasonic
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 7.42 trillion yen (EUR 56.6 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2010. The company’s shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE: PC) stock exchanges. For more information on the company and the Panasonic brand, visit the company’s website at