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Panasonic Intros Blu-ray/DVD/VHS Combo Player

Posted August 25, 2008 12:08 PM by Josh Dreuth

PanasonicPanasonic has announced that they will launch the DMR-BR630V in Japan which will feature support for all mainstream video formats (sorry LaserDisc owners - no soup for you). The player will feature a 6X Blu-ray Burner with support for Blu-ray, DVD, and CD, as well as a VHS deck. Additionally, it will feature a 320GB hard drive so you can easily transfer video from one format to the other.

If you're reading this wondering "why would they do that?", you're not alone. The simplest explanation is that it is being marketed to Japan, and unless you are one of our Japanese readers (Konnichiha!), then its probably not for you. Regardless, if you ever spent countless hours struggling with video connections between your VHS deck and Blu-ray recorder, this devise is for you.


Source: Engadget | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

News comments (48 comments)



haushausman
  Aug 25, 2008
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VHS?? Really?...

I was not aware that Japan, who leads the world in technology, still used VHS. I figured it was more extinct there than here.

Croweyes1121
  Aug 25, 2008
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What, no laserdisc?! lol
MeE
  Aug 25, 2008
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Blue ray burner?, DVD?, CD?, VHS? Sure but does it make grilled cheese sandwiches? Sorry but that "No soup for you!" comment got me in a silly mood.

Zarathustra
  Aug 25, 2008
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Actually some great VHS movies were never transferred to dvd. I'm sure the same thing will happen with dvd movies to Blu. This is a cool idea, wish they'd bring it over here. But owning seperate machines still seems the most logical idea to me.

groovyone
  Aug 25, 2008
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so, if you have a BD and VHS tape in it at the same time, does a black hole form?

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un4gvn94538
  Aug 25, 2008
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ill wait for the deck with beta instead.

hc666
  Aug 25, 2008
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Great idea. I have many VHS tapes I would like to watch on something like this.

VHS via HDMI... pure awesome haha.

CubbyBlu
  Aug 25, 2008
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Great, now I can get the movie "20 Dates" on Blu-ray...it never came out on DVD, but I'll have a BD version

Blu-ray Fanatic
  Aug 25, 2008
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Thats great news! Now I can watch my favorite pornos on VHS again.

HeavyHitter
  Aug 25, 2008
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LOL @ Blu-ray Fanatic.

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Lucy Diamond
  Aug 25, 2008
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Great Idea!!! For this crowd though they should have included a Laserdisc Player.

Equally LOLing at Blu-ray fanatic. Isn't it funny how PQ and AQ don't matter AT ALL when it's good porn!!!
JT_Designer
  Aug 25, 2008
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How much $ ?

kingofgrills
  Aug 25, 2008
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This makes perfect sense for the Japanese market, and it could work just as well for anyone who might be hanging onto an extensive VHS collection. For the Japanese, space is pretty much non-existent. Having a single player that replaces two or three separate players will sell well. Also, if it allows one- touch recording of VHS tapes to Blu-ray, then people can get rid of VHS tapes, which are huge space wasters.
keesvandijkh
  Aug 25, 2008
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Actually, VHS is coming back again. Loads of artists release stuff on VHS, and even movie distributors
release VHS'es as screeners in stead of DVD's.

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Wingman1977
  Aug 25, 2008
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It doesn't support Betamax and HD-DVD as well as laserdisc? what a rip off.
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HDTV1080P
  Aug 25, 2008
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I wish JVC would make a BLU-RAY/D-VHS combo deck that would allow consumers to dub standard VHS, S-VHS, and 1080I D-VHS tapes to BLU-RAY. It is stupid to make a BLU-RAY recorder with a built in standard VHS. At least make it an S-VHS or better yet a D-VHS.
I am glad this is only for Japan market. I would rather own a standalone BLU-RAY recorder and hook up a standalone D-VHS machine to do direct digital to digital dubbing.

dialog_gvf
  Aug 25, 2008
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Yeah, they never show any love anymore for us Laserdisc folk.
JT_Designer
  Aug 25, 2008
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keesvandijkh, my mother is an actress and I often get prescreeners of movies 4-5 months before they come out to the public. They are all on DVD. What they do is they have a digital mark on it to prevent duplication or to at least be able to track any copies if they are made. During the movie every so often they have a disclamer come up. Being able to digitally mark and track a movie would not be possible with VHS.

Minimejer05
  Aug 25, 2008
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VHS? wtf lol.

theprophecy247
  Aug 25, 2008
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sweet this player would be useless without VHS.

ECWaenigma
  Aug 25, 2008
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No Beta? No HD DVD? I'm out.

Turnda643
  Aug 25, 2008
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My Mother will be exstatic!! In all my efforts to rid her VHS tapes (including the countless tapes that she has multiple movies/shows recorded on) from her home, she just cant part with all of them for the reason that some things were not released on DVD. SO NOW, I will finally be able to get her one player and only have to deal with a few wires rather than the 'miles length' amount that is back there now from the multiple players she has. Hopefully this comes to the states, cause this player to her is the equivelant of "Transformers" to us. LOL This will definately make her giddy like a kid. LOLOL

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Moefiz
  Aug 25, 2008
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VHS....can you still buy VHS movies....

CAB
  Aug 25, 2008
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If it had a PS3 inside too, I might consider it no matter what the price! The thing doesn't play games. Why would anyone want it? And a 320GB HD? No one can use more than a 60, err I mean 20, err, 80, err 40, err, 80 (again), err 120GB.

bbrown5222
  Aug 25, 2008
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This will be a great replacement for my Panasonic DVD \ VHS \ HDD recorder, which I have 2 of, so as soon as they want to bring this machine to the US they can count on me for 2 of them. I love the fact that the HDD will be 320 gigs.

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tricky
  Aug 25, 2008
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VHS ... seriously ... you've got to be kidding me! LET IT GO ... LET VHS DIE IN PEACE ... DVD soon to follow!
David Craig
  Aug 25, 2008
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I'm surprised everyone thinks this is silly.

To me it is a logical step forward from the DVD / VHS combo units.

Another step forward would be a portable Blu-ray player to replace portable DVD players. I know that on a small screen Blu-ray vs DVD doesn't matter. However since I'm selling off all of my DVDs as I upgrade to Blu-ray, I'd like a (cheap) portable unit that can accept Blu-ray disks.

So a $200 portable Blu-ray player would help me.

And a $300 Blu-ray / VHS combo player for the basement would help me too.

I know I can't buy such things right now at these prices but when these price points arrive I'll be tempted.

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Cplhicks
  Aug 25, 2008
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VHS looks better 'cause it's analog, none of that digital crap. More true to life man!
They shoulda put Beta, HDDVD and LD in there too, so it could be a complete format solution.

Dave
  Aug 25, 2008
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I think this is awesome! Just for the cool side of it - best of old gen and next gen.

CptGreedle
  Aug 25, 2008
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Again, I will repeat what has already been said.. VHS????

Well that is the strangest choice for a deck like this. How many people will be converting their VHS
library into anything? Most people have everything they care about on DVD by now.

DeathByAsh'aman
  Aug 25, 2008
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I wont get it because there is no swiss army knife with it.

CAB
  Aug 25, 2008
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I can see this selling to many homes where people have a stash of VHS, home movies, some DVDs and do a good deal of renting. There have to be a few households left who don't troll blu-ray.com.

Sith
  Aug 25, 2008
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Here is the reason why this is awesome......

Bootlegs vhs tapes i have, Sabbath's last show, Slayer 87 at Olypmic Paladium....Zeppelin
07 London, Tool 96 SF i think, and countless others....Trust me guys we want these on blu
ray....Some of the tapes i have could be remastered to sick levels of greatness...

highdefw
  Aug 25, 2008
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Why would you want VHS on a Blu disc...

Sith
  Aug 25, 2008
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because they will never be released on blu ray otherwise...and they can look and sound better
#1 Rush fan
  Aug 25, 2008
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In a strange way, this is kind of cool, everything in one box. Should it also have an over-the-air DTV
tuner ???

Sonny
  Aug 25, 2008
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I want a BD recorder BAD!!!! Bring one of these to the U.S. & sell a million , Panasonic!!!!! Your
the best panny!!! "We" are waiting to throw our $$$$$$ at you!!! :-)

X400
  Aug 26, 2008
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This will be perfect for my Mom, who still has stacks of old asian Soaps on VHS (they should add a beta player to this as well)

Id love to buy it if it would work on our sets?

EvolutionCherry
  Aug 26, 2008
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Interesting.

nazdar
  Aug 26, 2008
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Combo units are combo problemo.
lasse
  Aug 26, 2008
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Come on Pioneer! Now shock the world and bring us a BD/LD combo player. We know you still have an LD player in your product range in Japan.
silverscreen
  Aug 26, 2008
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where are the multi region players...?

bg_nyc
  Aug 26, 2008
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Ha! I can finally film vhs copies of borrowed/rented blu rays from the sofa with my 1993 camcorder, burn them to VCD, consolidate multiple VCDs to a DVD, and then burn multiple DVD's to Blu. At the end, I'll have an entire collection of BD movies on 1 BD! Muaaahahahaha!
bubble blu
  Aug 26, 2008
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LOL VHS IS BEST LEFT IN THAT PLACE CALLED OLD SCHOOL. WHO IN THEIR RITE MIND WOULD CONTINUE WATCHING VHS WHEN THERES BLU RAY HOVERING NEAR BY. mAN I HOPE THIS THING UPSCALES VHS TO 1080P THAT WAY WE WILL NEVER NEED BLU RAY OR DVD. JUST THROW IN A VHS TAPE AND ENJOY! nothing against vhs but isnt time to move on?

Forrestandjen07
  Aug 26, 2008
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sorry, even ifyou strugle with that, i still see no need, if im getting a blu ray player im using blu ray not vhs

whats next, Bringing back full support of Floppy? LOL

The Great Robu
  Aug 26, 2008
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I'm really digging on this.. I hope it comes out in America soon.. I have some old ECW PPV's on VHS that I just couldn't throw away and would love to transfer them to a BD..
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Blu_Dude
  Aug 26, 2008
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Sweet! All the formats I'd ever need!

alphadec
  Aug 26, 2008
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VHS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reason I moved to dvd was to get a better picture and less what we call "tape salad!!!!!" and to get even better then DVD we moved to BD!!.

Vhs oh my god I have clean out all of those tapes so I got MORE space for BD.


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