However, in a review of the Panasonic BW850, I found this sentence:
“I found the picture to be much better than other DVRs, and way better than what I can get on my HTPC with DVB-T.”
Overseas reviews of the Panasonic BW850 also suggest that its picture quality is excellent, and it also has the added advantage of being able to record content to blu-ray DVDs. In addition, it doesn’t have to be connected to internet and you can get the best possible movie video quality by playing blu-ray movies, which can now be hired quite cheaply and their range is growing fast. With Sky movies, the latest “On Demand” movies are not broadcast in HD, and TiVo downloadable movies (ex Telecom) are apparently not in high definition, but only at 576p.
But the main disadvantage of the Panasonic BW850 is that it is very expensive, with a list price of just under $2,000. However, I phoned a few places and asked what the best cash price is, and I got answers between $1700 and $1800, so it seems that the price is dropping, which is good for consumers.
So, my question is, if you can afford the Panasonic BW850, and want the best possible video quality, are there any compelling reasons why you should buy one of the competing Freeview compatible video recorders, such as MyskyHDi, TiVo, Magic, Zinwell, etc?