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Wannabe Geek

#153899 11-Oct-2014 22:54
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Hi all,
  I'm looking into getting my first good DVR/PVR/whatever and I think have found that the Panasonic DMR-BWT835GZ does everything I want, but I also see the there is an 840 and since it's has 5 more GZs on it I wonder if it might be better. Does anyone know the useful differences between the two models? And can anyone recommend any other devices that can do the following:


  • Twin HD Freeview Tuners
  • MyFreeview (i.e. it can record a whole season of something and deal with the broadcaster shifting the start time by 5 minutes each week)
  • Blu-ray
  • Stream recorded TV via standard DLNA so I don't require proprietary apps on iOS or Android to view the content from another room      

Final question for now: Since I am not in an immediate rush do DVR manufacturers operate on any sort of pattern with regard to releasing new devices? I could wait until the new year if there is likely to be a new round of hardware coming out then, even if it doesn't do anything new it might bring down the prices of the current hardware.

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  #1152083 12-Oct-2014 08:43
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You can check and compare the specs for each on the Panasonic website.
Only 2 weeks til Labour Weekend sales.

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Wannabe Geek

  #1152084 12-Oct-2014 08:49
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I took a look at those last night but the format changed slightly between those releases so my diff didn't work very well. I think I saw 4K upscaling was a new feature but since any 4K TV is going to have that built in too I don' see the point in paying extra for it in a DVR.




Good tip about the Labour Day sales, hopefully I'll reach a decision before then.


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  #1152526 13-Oct-2014 08:44
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That's my understanding too. I bought the 835, it was cheap.

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  #1152992 13-Oct-2014 16:34
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bazzer: That's my understanding too. I bought the 835, it was cheap.

IMO the 840 isn't worth the extra $240 or thereabouts.
Should be able to get the 835 for around $550 - $600 (or even less with some hard negotiation) at Labour Weekend.

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  #1153037 13-Oct-2014 17:50
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I bought my 835 from JB HiFi for $488.  They seem to drop them to this price for short periods every so often - worth setting up an alert on pricespy
It's a great device. No complaints so far except the internet features are pretty basic

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