|Panasonic has also enhanced Skype voice and video calling via the TV by giving users the ability to record a personalised video message for callers; and for callers to leave their own video message. According to Reid, the take up rate for Skype via TVs is 48 percent.|
Users can also access Internet sites wirelessly in their loungeroom, including YouTube, Web-based photos on Picasa, stock information on Bloomberg and weather forecasts. BD-Live also allows Blu-ray Disc bonus content to be downloaded and Internet games to be played.
The two new models offer twin HD tuners which allow customers to record two 3D or High Definition broadcasts at the same time. Further expanding content storage and sharing capabilities, the SD Memory Card slot on the recorders lets users view and archive 3D content captured on cameras or camcorders. 2D-3D Conversion also converts 2D Blu-ray Disc images or 2D DVD images into 3D images.
Sophie Barton, group marketing manager for Panasonic Australia, said: "We are excited to offer consumers an Australian market first with a 3D Blu-ray Recorder with archiving capabilities and 1 terabyte capacity, which allows you to record an amazing 684 hours of 3D or Full HD footage."
"These new models represent the very best available in 3D Blu-ray recording - with storage and connectivity features that open up a new world of sharing content in the home, as well as communicating with friends and family across the world via Skype. You can also really get the most from 3D - whether it is viewing a broadcast, 3D Blu-ray disc or a home movie shot on your 3D camcorder."
The DMR-BWT800 retails at $1,199, and the DMR-BWT700 is priced $999. Both are available now.