Panasonic drop Freesat+ recorders

Panasonic drop Freesat+ recorders' channelIt shouldn’t really come as any surprise but Panasonic have today announced they have dropped the Freesat+ recorders from their new range of products due to launch in March.

The reason being poor sales on the recorder side of their business, though it is expected they will continue to offer televisions with Freesat built-in (models tbc).

The existing range of Panasonic Freesat+ recorders (DMR-BS880, DMR-BS780) have always been solid units, but never really sold well with such high price tags and blu-ray built-in; which didn’t seem that popular a combination. In addition, many feared that Panasonics lack of support for previous models would mean customers would be left without important interactive/on-demand services.

As Freesat move towards the G2 spec, with a much tighter set of technical conditions, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that some manufacturers haven’t signed new contracts, but for those that have, they are sure to be offering some stunning receivers in the coming months with plenty of extras to encourage customers to Freesat as a forward-thinking platform. We’ll bring you some of those features as soon as we have approval!

In similar news, TechniSat have ceased distribution of the HDFS Freesat HD zapper, which we believe (unofficially) is part of their plan to leave the UK electronics market completely.

121 thoughts on “Panasonic drop Freesat+ recorders”

  1. Greene King has taken Sky out of their pubs. Probably old news but just heard about it on Radio 4. Well done Greene king.

  2. Film 4 HD has an exclusivity period with Virgin Media, when this runs out, it’l come to Freesat for sure.

    Film 4 HD launched on July 20th 2010 on Virgin Media, and they didn’t sign a long contract so I would say anytime in the next couple of years it’l come.

    So really, best to start expecting it anytime after July 20th 2012 really, if I were a guessing person I would say 2013.

  3. Matthew said:
    Film 4 HD has an exclusivity period with Virgin Media, when this runs out, it’l come to Freesat for sure.
    Film 4 HD launched on July 20th 2010 on Virgin Media, and they didn’t sign a long contract so I would say anytime in the next couple of years it’l come.
    So really, best to start expecting it anytime after July 20th 2012 really, if I were a guessing person I would say 2013.

    Reason I asked is because they started BARB reporting on Feb 27th 2012.

  4. I’d swap E4HD and Film 4 HD for Movies 4 Men any day. 🙂

    Sad to see any channels leave if that’s what’s happening but the picture quality killed any chance of me viewing the Movies 4 Men channels.

  5. Richard Crichton said:
    Greene King has taken Sky out of their pubs. Probably old news but just heard about it on Radio 4. Well done Greene king.

    Good news there, perhaps they should replace it with a subscription to Nova Sports or Viasat, just don’t show the EPL copyrighted graphics. Viasat/Nova video combined with the commentry from BBC R5Live would be a great combo, that’s what I’d do if I owned a pub!

    Matthew said:
    Film 4 HD has an exclusivity period with Virgin Media, when this runs out, it’l come to Freesat for sure.
    Film 4 HD launched on July 20th 2010 on Virgin Media, and they didn’t sign a long contract so I would say anytime in the next couple of years it’l come.
    So really, best to start expecting it anytime after July 20th 2012 really, if I were a guessing person I would say 2013.

    I’d expect it’s a 2yr deal so we may expect Film4HD later this year, it could run for 3yrs but we’ll only know that closer to the time.

  6. I agree. Exclusivity deals are the only thing keeping some channels away, once all the money that can be made on them has been made, they’l come to Freesat.

    On the brightside, freesat is an infinitely superior system to freeview. Never an issue with signal break up or pixelation 🙂

  7. I still don’t think we’l end up with nothing if movies4men leaves freesat, if anything we’l get something, not sure what but we’l get something in the near future.

  8. Matthew said:
    I agree. Exclusivity deals are the only thing keeping some channels away, once all the money that can be made on them has been made, they’l come to Freesat.
    On the brightside, freesat is an infinitely superior system to freeview. Never an issue with signal break up or pixelation

    Indeed, your right there. Remember when the iPhone was an exclusive O2 product? Now look at it, any network and any price plan. All exclusive deals come to an end eventually and HD is now becoming more and more accepted.

    I have every faith there will be more HD to come to the platform this year and not only C5HD.

  9. What is everyone’s opinion on the best FreeSAT recorder to buy these days? Humax / Samsung / Other. I heard a rumour of a Manhattan recorder product, but it seems not to have appeared yet? Over the weekend I swapped our Quad LNB for an Octo LNB as a precursor to buying a recorder (we have SAT in multiple locations in the house). Should I buy the Humax FoxSAT now or wait to see what appears on the horizon? Can’t see anything appearing soon!? I have a Sony FreeSAT TV that I have been very happy with, but they have bowed out too, which is a shame…

  10. Dave said:
    What is everyone’s opinion on the best FreeSAT recorder to buy these days? Humax / Samsung / Other. I heard a rumour of a Manhattan recorder product, but it seems not to have appeared yet? Over the weekend I swapped our Quad LNB for an Octo LNB as a precursor to buying a recorder (we have SAT in multiple locations in the house). Should I buy the Humax FoxSAT now or wait to see what appears on the horizon? Can’t see anything appearing soon!? I have a Sony FreeSAT TV that I have been very happy with, but they have bowed out too, which is a shame…

    The safest bet is the Humax FOXSAT-HDR as it is well supporting on mainly well received. Manhattan launch their HDR-S hopefully in April after months of delays because of hard drive supply problems etc; the Manhattan will be much cheaper but still to be proven on how good it is. Alternatively wait for G2 spec receivers to arrive mid to late this year from Manhattan (a different model) and Sagecom (Humax are still a long way off their G2 receiver).

  11. Al (Original) said: You can’t split a satellite signal as the signal is two way – the receiver sends power back up the cable to the LNB and you then overpower the LNB with 2 power feeds if you split it.

    You CAN split a satellite signal. With a dedicated Satellite splitter the voltage from the second receiver is ‘Blocked’ so as not to damage the LNB.

    The only problem with the splitter is you will get the same polarity channels on BOTH receivers.

  12. @ 23 Al (Original)

    You CAN split a satellite signal. With a dedicated Satellite splitter the voltage from the second receiver is ‘Blocked’ so as not to damage the LNB.

    The only problem with the splitter is you will get the same polarity channels on BOTH receivers.

  13. Are there any Freesat boxes now that have HDD + DVD recording? Was going to go for one of the Panasonic line, and they stop selling them days beforehand. Mind you, people seem to have enough issues with them – though I’ve had Panasonic freeview equivalents for years and not had any issues. Need to switch to Freesat by the start of next month though, due to signal issues.

  14. Orbling said:
    Are there any Freesat boxes now that have HDD + DVD recording?Was going to go for one of the Panasonic line, and they stop selling them days beforehand.Mind you, people seem to have enough issues with them – though I’ve had Panasonic freeview equivalents for years and not had any issues.Need to switch to Freesat by the start of next month though, due to signal issues.

    No I’m afraid not but there is a refurbished one on Amazon as I write this. Good luck.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003H9N7J2/ref=nosim?tag=joinfreesat-21

  15. looking to buy a my first freesat+ box,read alot of problems on certain boxes, im just looking for a reliable box with series record and 320gb memory, i dont have access to internet so dont really care about bbc iplayer..
    anyone any ideas??

  16. admin said: TechniSat never released updated software, last shows as February 2011! With them pulling out of the Freesat market, it seems very unlikely they’ll ever officially release it….however, if anyone needs the beta version with EPG fix, just let me know, I have a copy.
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    I have A panasonic 850 as my box will not update will this work

  17. tezza greenhill said: I think I should add this for anyone thinking of buying a DMR-BS785/885 from Germany. German dealers seem very reluctant to export these, best buy if you are visiting Germany, or, get a friend to send you one, as my very good friend Alan did for me! You can also try buying from eBay.de

    I bought one of these on ebay but the uk channels dont show up properly ie: bbc 1 is channel 10 with German channels taking presidence anyone know how i can fix this
    jinky

  18. Freesat HD Panasonic DVD Recorder Ethernet some can next time soon again maybe future date.

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