Finally one of the major electronics brands has a PVR ready for the New Zealand market. In fact Panasonic will be marketing two different PVRs.
The top-line model DMP-BW850 has twin Freeview HD tuners a 500 GB disk and a built-in Bluray player/writer. The Panasonic NZ website has nothing on the recorder yet, but a recorder with the same model number, and what looks like a similar specification, has been available in australia for some time. Of course it's possible that customisation for NZ Freeview HD will have forced some modification of the recorder spec and functionality.
Panasonic Australia: Blu-ray disc recorder with 500GB HDD and Twin HD Tuner
Harvey Norman, and no doubt other retailers are starting to advertise the DMP-BW850 and take orders for August delivery - Harvey Norman list price NZ$1,999.
The second Panasonic model is the DMR-XW350 with twin Freeview HD tuners a 250 GB disk and a built-in (upscaling) DVD player/writer.
Panasonic Australia: DMR-XW350
Again Harvey Normanare starting to advertise the DMR-XW350 and take orders for August delivery - Harvey Norman list price NZ$1,297.