Here’s the next piece of electronica set to drive Jack Valenti into a mental institution: The Panasonic DMR-E500H.
The real excitement is the machine’s Specs: Its 400GB hard disk drive can record more than 700 hours of video from cable, satellite or broadcast. Any of that programming can be then burned to DVD for convenient place and time-shifting.
Its ability to “takes requests from cell phones while you are on the road” is a fun feature; More interestingly, it can be networked with other TVs and PCs in the home.
Selected SPECS for the Panasonic DMRE500
Plays pre-recorded DVD’s, CD’s, MP3s
Built in analogue TV tuner
Ethernet connection for networking
DVD-Audio (5.1) playback, Built-in Dolby Digital and DTS Decoders
Internal 250GB HD or 400GB HD for time shifting
Records DVD-RAM & DVD-R Video Blank Media
Single layer 4.7GB DVD-R system and DVD-RAM 4.7Gb systems
Real-time recording: MPEGII compression (8 hours per disc)
Playback programs recorded to DVD-RAM or HDD while watching another program on DVD-RAM or HDD
High speed transfer to and from HDD to DVD-RAM
Non-linear editing to transfer to DVD-RAM and from DVD-RAM to HDD
Playback while recording even at high bit rates (HDD and DVD-RAM)
Flexible recording mode allows you to manually time for recording and the player will set the best possible bit rate for that time, say 1 hour 15 minutes to fill a disc
daddy wants one . . .
The Panasonic DMR-E500 DVD-R / DVD-RAM / HDD Recorder
Honey, did you remember to call the DVD recorder?
By Ed Frauenheim
CNET News.com, September 8, 2004, 6:10 PM