Anywhere between £600 and £1000 dependent on model and where ya buying it from.
They only launched in August 09 and were minimum of £1000 at that point. Panasonic are supposedly losing money on them because take-up has been dreadfully slow thanks to the high price and recession and there isn't much awareness of either Freesat or Blu-ray recorders. This is a good thing though, because it means they won't be replaced any time soon, and there isn't likely to be any new units released from any other manufacturer (Sony have already publically stated they don't intend to launch a Blu-ray recorder outside of Japan for the forseeable future).
So with the recent price drops it seems like an amazing product for the money, will also become a HDD music player for my Technics system as well. Oh and it will have the iPlayer.
In one system, you have:
- Freesat HD PVR
- Blu-ray player
- Blu-ray recorder (so you can archive HD recordings or even multiple series of SD TV programmes to a single disc)
- DVD Recorder
- DVD player
- 1080p Upscaler
- External source recording to HDD or disc
- DivX player
- MP3/WMA Storage/Player
- Photograph and video viewer
- Memory card and USB interface for TV (handy for DivX especially)
- IPTV Player
- TV Internet Browser
Got more info at http://www.hdeverything.co.uk/2D/
and a whole host of other features besides. It will essentially make my DVD recorder/upscaler, TUTV Freeview+ PVR and SuperVHS redundant, whilst upgrading the TV to an all-round HD-capable system, and bring the hifi into the 21st century with the music player capabilities.
When one considers a Humax Foxsat HDR is £250 and a decent Blu-ray player (not recorder) is about £130 it suddenly startes to make sense economically.
With my TV being HDMI only, it seems to make perfect sense for me to have a single box solution, however I am trying to find all users opinions of the product because I don't wanna be spending that amount of money and finding annoying bugs etc - but there just seems to be hardly anyone with them.