Tuesday, 15 August 2017 12:13

Panasonic’s 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player that records Full HD TV on 2TB HDD

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It’s not even an Olympics year, and yet Panasonic has “the ultimate Player/Recorder” on offer with the release of the DMR-UBT1 with “premium 4K UHD playback, a versatile Twin HD Tuner, plus a huge two terabyte hard disk drive with Full HD recording".

Celebrating the launch of this versatile new recording device, Doug Campbell, Panasonic’s Category Manager for AV and Imaging, said: “This unique new model provides Australians with incredible quality and convenience through the brilliant viewing experience of 4K; as well as the versatile smarts of Panasonic’s Full HD Recorders– all in the one device.”

Naturally, the DMR-UBT1 lets you enjoy stunning 4K resolution display of the latest 4K Blu-ray movies and series with “outstanding clarity, lifelike depth and vivid colours, whether you’re watching 4K UHD Blu-ray discs or 4K Video on Demand".

As you’d expect, flexible recording and viewing to suit your lifestyle is the hallmark of this device, from “recording in Full HD to the 2TB HDD or Blu-ray/DVD disc; viewing via TV, smartphone or tablet; using the Twin Tuner to record free to air TV programmes while watching Netflix; and access to TV programmes in and out of the home".

This lets you catch up with your favourite content – whether it’s Netflix or the latest HbbTV, and if you use Panasonic’s "TV Anytime" feature, you can “effortlessly stream TV to your smart device wherever you are in the world".

The recording player also features a “3D glass cut design” in a compact body, with a “stylish bevel cut finish on all four sides”, with Panasonic assuring us this makes it “perfect for complementing any flat-panel television".

It will retail from late September from the major consumer electronics retailers at $1099.

So, what are the other features and benefits that Panasonic has graced its media release on the topic with?

We start off with the promise of “stunning 4K Blu-ray viewing and high-quality audio".

We’re told that the “DMR-UBT1 delivers uncompromising quality in picture and sound. At the heart of the player, Panasonic’s HDR 4K engine, the HCX (Hollywood Cinema Experience) Processor for Ultra HD Blu-ray, delivers the most accurate movie playback, true to the filmmaker’s intention. In addition, the 4K Direct Chroma up-scaling function delivers 4K-quality pictures with high resolution and rich colours from 2K content. Users can also view 4K videos (MP4) that they've taken with a camera or camcorder and can output JPEG data in 4K resolution".

"The unit provides excellent audio to match the viewing experience. The DMR-UBT1 switches off unnecessary circuits – such as the HDMI or coaxial output – to reduce noise and enhance performance. In addition to conventional WAV/FLAC/MP3/AAC/WMA formats, DSD (5.6 MHz/2.8 MHz) and ALAC music files can be reproduced. Simply connect to a home audio system to enjoy music sources equivalent to studio master sound quality.

“With conventional Blu-ray Players, the images in dark scenes can be difficult to see in bright room conditions. Panasonic’s HDR Adjustment function faithfully reproduces dark and bright areas regardless of the viewing environment. In this situation, the user can activate the function to forcibly raise the brightness of low-brightness areas. Even when switched to a bright scene, the image is analysed and optimised.”

Then there’s those “convenient recording and networking smarts.”

“Panasonic says its ‘TV Anytime’ and the Media Centre App support multi-room TV streaming, remote viewing and remote recording using your smart device. Wirelessly send a recorded program or live broadcast to a tablet to view content in comfort from any room in the house; or stream them to your smartphone or tablet wherever you are in the world.

“The unit’s versatile recording capabilities include a two terabyte hard disk drive that captures a massive 1370 hours of HDTV, with the ability to attach an optional external HDD.

“The DMR-UBT1 has a host of recording smarts. Series Recording ensures you’ll never miss an episode of your favourite series again. By registering TV programs with the Series Recording function, they can be automatically recorded and stored to watch when you please. With Keyword Recording, enter a favourite category such as ‘sport’ and the Recorder will record all EPG programs with this keyword. Using the Panasonic Media Centre App, you can set recordings remotely anywhere in the world.

“Twin HD tuners allow two different programs to be recorded simultaneously; and consumers can record live TV while watching Netflix at the same time. It’s also possible to Pause and Rewind live TV.”

Other useful features include “built-in Wi-Fi, Mirroring, DLNA and a web browser. Viewers can mirror the display of compatible mobile devices to a TV screen. With the press of a button, images, videos, apps or games on a smartphone or tablet (Android 4.2 operating system or higher) can be shared.”

“DLNA allows content such as photos, videos and music to be shared with other connected devices throughout the home. Every member of the family can enjoy the content they want, regardless of time and place. For big-screen Internet in the living room, an integrated web browser allows favourite websites to be enjoyed through the TV.”

You’ll find more on Panasonic’s wide range of Blu-ray players and recorders here.

The local Panasonic site does not list the DMR-UBT1 yet, but presumably this will be rectified by the time it arrives at retail in late September.

Panasonic Blu ray recorder


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