Panasonic announced in Japan five new DIGA Hard Drive/Blu-ray combo digital video recorders, including the DIGA DMR-BW970 with 2TB hard drive, replacing the DMR-BW930. The 320GB DMR-BW970 can record up to 320 hours of HD video in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format at 12.9Mbps.
Other than the 2TB model, Panasonic introduces also the 1TB DMR-BW870, 500GB DMR-BW770, 320GB DMR-BW570 and the single tuner 320GB DMR-BR570. All these Blu-ray/HDD recorder offer basically same features, supporting Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD, DTS-HD audio decoding. They offer HDMI output, SDHC card slot and support VIERA Link
Other than record to hard drive, these new DIGA recorders record also to Blu-ray and DVD-R/DVD-RAM media. The built-in Blu-ray drive can write BD-RW at up to 2X, BD-R at up to 6X, DVD-R at 16X, and DVD-RAM at 5X. They have integrated digital and analog tuners.
Also announced is the Panasonic DIGA DMR-BR670V, a HDD/Blu-ray video recorder with also VHS recorder. It serves as the successor of the DMR-BR630V.
All these new recorders will be released on 1 September.