" You can't record while using the apps portal or player's DLNA functionality "
I won't elaborate here. Let Panasonic do that but in short if your DMR is on your network other DLNA devices could chat with this device and cause the odd failure. No I don't own this model but there's a clue in those reviews, not much of one but it would lead me to investigate what else is on my network.
About 20 minutes before my Panasonic DMR-BWT735 recorder starts recording a timer programme, it does some business with itself. If it is not switched on at the time, you can hear it making small noises to itself. While it does that business which takes a few seconds, it appears to stop doing other things, including recording!
For example: if I have recorded a drama from 9 to 10 pm & then separately recorded the news from 10pm, when I watch back the drama recording there will be a point at about 20 minutes before the end when the recording will freeze for a moment & then restart, missing part of the programme. The news recording will be fine. The recording fault never occurs when recordings are made in isolation: i.e. more than 20 minutes away from other recordings.
The result of this flaw is that we have a lot of recordings where the recording has obviously stopped for a short period during the course of the programme, then restarted, the pause always occurring 20 minutes before another recording had been set to start.
If you have one of these machines, please can you tell me if it does the same thing? If you set up a timer recording, does the machine click & whirr to itself 20 mins before the start time? Do you have odd pauses in any of your recordings that could coincide with such activity?
Panasonic Service say they have passed it on to their tech staff, but I've not heard from them yet. I don't believe the problem can be unique to my machine. I'm sure it did not occur before the Sept 2013 software update.