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  Reply # 503077 7-Aug-2011 19:26
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B1GGLZ: Just had a look at the user manual at Samsung.com and this unit doesn't even compare with the Panasonic.

NO disc burner.
NO recording 2 channels at once.
Looks like you can't copy HD recordings on the internal HDD to a USB HDD.
Very limited functionality.

The Panasonic allows you to record HD to BD Disc (BD-R or BD-RE). It works cos I've tried it.
Will also burn HD recordings  to DVD but only in real time by converting to SD.
Records 2 at once and watch a 3rd.
And the new model is 3D as well.

Panasonic 1, Samsung Nil.

And it's nearly the same price as the Panasonic.


After some playing around with the Samsung...
It certainly doesn't compare with the Pana unit. It's just not as easy to use, it takes more and more button pressing that it should. Having to enter 'edit mode' or the likes drives me nuts.
I would probably never use the burner on a Pana, as I'd just fire it across the network via DLNA, then convert it to whatever format I want with Handbrake.
I think the Samsung is a solid first effort, but I'd wait until a 2012 model before making the jump on one of those... if I didn't have MySky, I'd have a Pana unit in a heart beat.

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  Reply # 503078 7-Aug-2011 19:31
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B1GGLZ:
maccasparks:

Does the Panasonic have a Browser?



No. Very limited Internet function. Just Vieracast and BD Live. Don't know about their new 3D model though.

Don't know about the new smart TVs but so far all I've seen let you go only to sites already programmed in their firmware. My Sony's internet connectivity is a waste of my time.


The Samsung UA40D6600 has a full web browser - as in you type in what site you want.This is where the android app really kicks in as its a bit painfull on the remote (text style on typing) but  sweet with keyboard on Motorola.
The You Tube on board APP only seems to play HD videos which look awesome but do clock up internet data packs(telestra clear)



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  Reply # 503090 7-Aug-2011 20:12
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maccasparks:
B1GGLZ:
maccasparks:

Does the Panasonic have a Browser?



No. Very limited Internet function. Just Vieracast and BD Live. Don't know about their new 3D model though.

Don't know about the new smart TVs but so far all I've seen let you go only to sites already programmed in their firmware. My Sony's internet connectivity is a waste of my time.


The Samsung UA40D6600 has a full web browser - as in you type in what site you want.This is where the android app really kicks in as its a bit painfull on the remote (text style on typing) but  sweet with keyboard on Motorola.
The You Tube on board APP only seems to play HD videos which look awesome but do clock up internet data packs(telestra clear)


Samsung is reportedly getting a firmware update to enable USB keyboard functionality... some time in the next month. A specific keyboard with a built in roller ball that integrates with the TV would really help for web browsing, but as far as browsers go, it'd definitely rank as my 4th option behind a laptop, then a tablet, then a phone...
It's better than my PS3, but not by much :-(

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  Reply # 503139 7-Aug-2011 22:49
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Looks like an interesting unit, but an inability to transfer material off it is probably the killer - doesn't fit with my longer-term upgrade strategy of networked media players for watching, a dirty great centralised NAS (or Server) for storage, and recording/capture devices that can feed material through to the NAS.

The first part is in place now. WD Media players linked wirelessly, and an old P4 box with 2x2TB attached USB Disks acting as a temporary storage repository. Sky decoder is plugged into DVD recorder, with material then ripped to PC, ads removed where necessary, compressed and sent to storage box. Airport express units acquired and, all going well, wireless music streaming will be in place in a few weeks - as soon as I get some spare time. Also several hundred recorded DVDs to rip and compress, which is time consuming!

Have been purchasing parts for HD capture (Hauppauge HD PVR and HDFury acquired, matrix splitter to come) for planned move to MySky Box. Last remaining bit of the puzzle is a decent Freeview HD capture box. Either a Panny Blu Ray recorder, which is the front runner at the moment, or adding a terrestrial tuner (I have a Hauppauge USB one somewhere) to the same box that will be doing the Sky captures.

Even if the price differential was huge (which it isn't) the Panny unit beats the Samsung hands down. Record two channels, and ability to burn disks and transfer material off the box. Somehow, I suspect that Samsung will either slash the price in the next few months, or they won't sell that many......



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  Reply # 503141 7-Aug-2011 22:55
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I'm picking they'll slash prices... Samsung pretty much ALWAYS want to be the lowest price on the market.
If you see them selling for less than the Magic TV box, it's goodnight for MagicTV.

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