Panasonic Unveils Six New DIGA Blu-ray and DVD Recorders at CEATEC JAPAN 2007

Panasonic has unveiled three new Blu-ray Disc (BD) recorders and three high-definition (HD) DVD recorders at CEATEC JAPAN 2007. The new BD recorders, the Panasonic DMR-BW900 with 1 TB HDD, the DMR-BW800 with 500 GB HDD and the DMR-BW700 with 250 GB HDD, are loaded with other PHL technologies including a high-precision color signal processing called the “PHL Reference Chroma Processor” that enables the recorders to offer the near-original, high-quality video standards demanded by Hollywood studios. In addition, the DMR-BW900 and the DMR-BW800 have a 1080p HD playback capability with a frame rate of 24 frames per second, the same rate as motion films. When connected with a 1080/24p compatible TV such as VIERA 1080p full HD TVs, users can enjoy a theater quality picture in the comfort of their home.
The new Panasonic recorders can store up to 18 hours of full HD video onto a 50 GB double-layer Blu-ray Disc or up to 381 hours of full HD videos onto a 1 terabyte built-in hard disk drive. In addition to video, the new DIGAs can record 5.1 channel surround sound broadcasts without deterioration in sound quality or surround effects. Panasonic accomplished these achievements through innovative technologies including the new generation UniPhier system Panasonic also drew from the advanced technology cultivated by its Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory (PHL) that offers BD-ROM authoring service to major Hollywood movie studios.

Despite their narrow profile, the industry’s slimmest 59-mm height, they deliver sound as impressive as the beauty of the HD images they offer. The new BD recorders let the users immerse themselves in the dynamic 7.1-channel surround sound of BD movies, supporting Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD audio formats. The three Panasonic BD recorders allow users to take advantage of the new interactive features of BD movies such as picture-in-picture video commentaries. The new models, available in Japan on November 1, offer the longest hours of full HD recording in the world with easy operation and connectivity with other AV products and video intercom connected to the home network.