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Ultimate Geek

#62739 14-Jun-2010 07:59
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Looks like a Sony Freeview recorder may be heading our way shortly!

The RDR-HC500/300/100 has appeared on the Sony Australia site

Looks quite similar to the Panasonic DMR-XW380 (250GB) just different hard drive sizes (500GB/320GB/160GB)

Records HD programs to HDD only and then you can transfer after as per the Panasonic.
Sony HD is 15Mbps, SD 8Mbps
Panasonic HD is 14Mbps, SD 5Mbps
Not sure the impact on file size due to those differences

No reviews etc on the Net yet.

Can anyone confirm they're coming to NZ and what hard drive sizes?

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Ultimate Geek

  #341390 14-Jun-2010 08:18
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Also I think Panasonic has MPEG4 recording whereas Sony only has MPEG2


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  #343280 19-Jun-2010 18:07
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Also know as RDR-DC505
Seems it has one tuner not two.

I'd rather have a PS3 with PlayTV Freeview recorder if that's the case but will probably go for a Panasonic DMR-XW380.


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  #343304 19-Jun-2010 19:48
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To be completely honest a DVD recorder is nothing but a waste of money in any country that is using H.264 for broadcasting. The fact you can't record in HD to a DVD and files have to be transcoded to MPEG2 is nothing but a kludge.

I can see no reference to these units supporting H.264 and it's not Freeview AU certified (H.264 support is required for Freeview approval in Australia) which suggests that it doesn't do it which means they won't hit our shores.

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