Originally Posted by marzetta7
Looks like the Panasonic DMP-BD70V is exactly what I'm looking for in order to migrate all the old VHS tapes my mother has to Blu-ray. Looks like it upconverts the picture to 1080P among other things...take a look...
The only other question I have is what is the price? The above article states it is $399 and Blu-ray.com states it as $299...
I sure hope it is at the lower end there. Anyhow, thought I'd share.
This player is just that -- a *player* -- it won't convert your mother's VHS tapes to anything but it will play them back quite nicely. There is no recording capability at all on this deck (not even on the VHS side). And the retail price (MAP or minimum advertised price) is $399, according to Panasonic reps I spoke to yesterday.
What you want would be something like one of the Japanese combined VCR/Blu-ray recorder models
. They sell for around $1200 (and up) and are not available in the US. In fact, I don't know of any standalone Blu-ray recorders in the US yet. The only way to "burn" blu-ray recordings right now is to use a computer with a BD-ROM drive.