When Panasonic announced last month it would be bringing Blu-ray recorders with built-in freesat to the UK, we were over the moon -- finally, we could cram all our set-top box needs into one handly little device. But it's not all good news -- as we said at the time, these recorders are far from a bargain, starting at a breathtaking £900.
However you feel about the features and cost, we're happy to announce they're finally starting to arrive -- and we've got a look at the DMR-BS750, which features a 250GB hard drive, twin freesat tuners and a bunch of other awesome stuff. Its brother the BS850 bumps the memory up to 500GB, but is otherwise identical.
Although this isn't the first time we've seen the machine, it's the first time we've been able to get our grubby paws over it. We have to say, for a machine that does so much, it has an impressively small footprint. If we didn't know it was a Blu-ray freesat recorder -- and if it wasn't festooned with stickers proclaiming its abilities -- we might just assume it was a normal Blu-ray player.
The DMR-BS750 costs around £900, but despite the high price tag we're very excited about testing this funky little machine -- expect a full review of its skills soon. In the meantime, have a look at it in detail with our technoporn hands-on photo gallery.