Believe it or not, the first VHS machines had only play, fast forward, rewind and stop. The vital record button didn’t come till later. And so it’s been with Blu-Ray. The only way to burn one of Sony’s hi-def discs was to buy a BD-R burner for your PC; dedicated TV boxes have been play only. Now, finally, Panasonic has made the next natural step with its two new DIGA boxes.The DMR-BW200 and DMR-BR100 both offer playback of BD movies but they’ll also record hi-def video to their internal hard drives (500GB and 200GB respectively). 500GB equates to roughly 60 hours of compressed HD footage. Once it’s on the internal hard drive it can then be burnt to 50GB Blu-Ray discs at a sluggish 4x speed.It’s a slightly convoluted solution but still a step in the right direction. Both players are slated only for Japan at the moment. We await a European version with interest.
Panasonic DMR-BW200 and DMR-BR100 Price: £TBA On sale: TBA (November in Japan) Contact: Panasonic