[opendtv] Panasonic's DVD recorders include ATSC tuners

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2007 10:45:43 -0400

"Basically, we felt it was important for all Panasonic DVD and combo
recorders to continue to offer record-and-watch, and cable-box-free
recording capability."

My only question would be why the above quoted point even needs to be
made. Shouldn't it be obvious? If they felt it important to offer the
NTSC receiver built-in previously, why is it necessary to justify that
digital doesn't change the fundamental equation?



March 21, 2007

Panasonic's DVD recorders include ATSC tuners

All models include Accutune high-precision analog/digital tuners

Secaucus, NJ -- Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company announced that's
its full line of DVD recorders and DVD/VHS combination recorders is now
in complete compliance with both the letter and spirit of FCC
regulations requiring incorporation of digital tuners into all devices
capable of receiving an analog signal as of March 1, 2007.

Alberto Reggiani, Panasonic DVD marketing manager, noted that Panasonic
has chosen not to take advantage of a regulatory "loophole" that allows
manufacturers to sell products without digital tuners if they also omit
analog tuners.

"While many of our competitors have introduced barebones units to avoid
the expense of putting digital tuners in their models, we decided not to
take that route," Reggiani said. "Not incorporating any tuner at all is
an excellent way to comply with the new law but in the end it's a real
disservice to consumers."

"Unless the consumer has a DVD recorder with a digital tuner, he or she
will need a separate set-top box to be able to record content. In a room
without a set-top box the consumer will have to leave their TV on and
tuned to the channel when they want to record," Reggiani added.

"Our research shows that a great many owners connect their DVD recorders
to secondary TVs in bedrooms or dens and use the tuners in the recorders
in lieu of buying and/or paying an extra monthly fee for a second or
third cable box.

"Basically, we felt it was important for all Panasonic DVD and combo
recorders to continue to offer record-and-watch, and cable-box-free
recording capability. Another reason and benefit to have the digital
tuner built-in is the improvement in picture quality that is synonymous
with digital."

All four of Panasonic's 2007 DVD recorder line-up adhere to the FCC
digital tuner mandate " The DMR-EZ47V DVD/VHS recorder and player; the
DMR-EZ37V DVD/VHS recorder and player; DMR-EZ27 DVD recorder and player;
DMR-EZ17 DVD recorder and player. In addition, the EZ47V and EZ27
feature 1080p digital video up-conversion, HDMI 1.3 output and SD Card
slots for viewing and transferring JPEG or TIFF formatted still photos.

Other high-end features included in all current model Panasonic DVD and
VHS combo recorders include Super Multi-Format recording and playback
technology for compatibility with virtually all DVD and CD formats,
EZ-Sync HDAVI control for one-touch operation of Panasonic
high-definition plasma TVs and other home-entertainment components, a
DVI input for precise, lossless transfer of camcorder videos to DVD, and
resolution-doubling long-play recording.

Based in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company is a
Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North
American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. (NYSE:
MC) and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D
operations. Additional company information www.panasonic.com.

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