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Old 08-25-2008   #1
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Panasonic VHS/Blu-ray player

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Panasonic intros DMR-BR360V Blu-ray / VHS combo player

Blu-ray and VHS together at last -- so crazy it just might work? Probably not, but if you're still clinging to a library of tapes and haven't been able to bring yourself to upgrade or transfer them to a more 21st century-friendly format, you'll no doubt be happy to know that Panasonic has now introduced the combo player of your dreams -- in Japan, at least. For maximum combo-ness, the DMR-BR30V also boasts a 320GB hard drive to boost your recording options, along with both digital and analog TV tuners, a USB port, and an SD card slot. For those ready to make a clean break with their past, Panasonic also has three VHS-less models with hard drives of various sizes, each of which are also apparently exclusive to Japan for now. Just don't expect any of them to come cheap, as the DMR-BR360V leads the way with a price tag of 160,000, or just about $1,500.
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So, if you still have VHS tapes around you can now play them and Blu-ray on one unit.....

There's a joke in there somewhere, it's just eluding me now!
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Does this allow you to transfer your vintage VHS to the hard drive and/or a Bluray disc. There are a lot of old movies on VHS that never made it to DVD. I transferred quite a few to DVD but had to do so with a USB device between my VHS player and computer and it was a bit of a PITA.
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Does this allow you to transfer your vintage VHS to the hard drive and/or a Bluray disc. There are a lot of old movies on VHS that never made it to DVD. I transferred quite a few to DVD but had to do so with a USB device between my VHS player and computer and it was a bit of a PITA.
You should be able to transfer personal recordings but not prerecorded movies; console recorders like this don't usually allow recording of copy-protected material. Anyway, so far this model is only released in Japan. The HD is intended to be used for a Japanese internet-based movie download service via ethernet, not for backing up prerecorded movies.
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You should be able to transfer personal recordings but not prerecorded movies; console recorders like this don't usually allow recording of copy-protected material. Anyway, so far this model is only released in Japan. The HD is intended to be used for a Japanese internet-based movie download service via ethernet, not for backing up prerecorded movies.


VHS what is that?
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If throwing together a tape machine & a BR disc together, at least it should have been D-VHS.
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