It 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.