There hasn’t been much in the way of standalone blu-ray recorders just yet. But now with the Panasonic DMR-BS850 blu-ray recorder / DVR heading to the U.K, the lucky brits can get blu-ray burning.
Not only is the Panasonic DMR-BS850 a blu-ray recorder, it is also a DVR with dual FreeSat tuner and 500GB hard drive. This allows you to watch, pause, rewind live TV, and also record to the hard drive at 1080p. You can of course also burn everything to blu-ray , and archive encoded in AVCHD.
It will make use of Panasonic’s PHL Reference Chroma Processor, support Viera Cast and be BD-Live compatible. There is also a front USB 2.0 socket and a SD card slot on the Panasonic BS850, allowing you to burn any HD videos you have from a camcorder directly onto blu-ray.
This is also the Panasonic DMR-BS750, which is practically identical to the BS850, but with a smaller 250GB drive.