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Panasonic to Bow Blu-ray Recorder with 1TB Capacity

2 Oct, 2007 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Matsushita Electric Industrial Ltd., parent of Panasonic Electronics, Oct. 2 said it would begin next month selling recorders capable of storing more than 380 hours of high-definition programming.

That is about four times the capacity of previous HD recorders.

The Japanese-based consumer electronics manufacturer unveiled three Blu-ray Disc recorders at the information technology confab CEATEC Japan 2007 occurring through Oct. 6 in Makuhari, Japan.

The recorders, which range in price from $1,100 to $2,600, can store up to 18 hours of HD video on a 50GB Blu-ray Disc and 381 hours on the BW900 equipped with a 1TB (terabyte) internal hard drive.

The BW800 and BW700 Blu-ray recorders feature 500GB and 250GB drives, respectively. The players can also record 5.1-channel surround sound without deterioration.

“We are happy to bring you new high-definition recorders that maximize the full quality potential of Blu-ray video and HD broadcasts,” said Shiro Nishiguchi, director of corporate marketing division for Panasonic.

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