Panasonic DMR-HW220 set top box

Panasonic’s first PVR is impressively easy to use

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    $ 499.00 (AUD)

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dogboy

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Pros
NTSC (shame it's not for Australia)
Cons
PAL
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In short, if you require a HD output over HDMI, DO NOT buy this unit.
Let me lead you through this.

Set the unit up, choose PAL (because we are Australia and that's our standard).
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I want to use the HDMI output as HD, so I go to the HDMI output page to set it to be 1080i.
Hang on... all options are grey'd out except for Automatic!!!
http://imageshack.us/a/img30/1827/i93c.jpg
Oh well, shouldn't matter, says auto will detect my TV and operate at the best resolution.

Wha????? 576P????? Isn't that a SD resolution????
http://imageshack.us/a/img585/5164/w8g6.jpg
Something is not right there at all... Aspect ratio is wrong too, not the PVRs fault, the projector is always set to display native so if it gets given a SD signal, it gets the aspect ratio wrong.

Hmmm... just out of curiosity, I wonder what happens if i change it to NTSC?
(Yeah, I know the DVB won't work, but do I get different options)
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http://imageshack.us/a/img801/3751/xog8.jpg
Will you look at that!!!!
Change it to be NTSC, and I can choose a 1080i output for HDMI!!!

I wonder if it actually displays 1080i...
http://imageshack.us/a/img11/6985/9vv7.jpg
YES!!!... but, of course it won't pick up any TV channels lol

BTW; I sent an email to Panasonic, they called me back within a day, so that was very nice of them. The guy I spoke to on the phone was a little arrogant (that's okay, I am too) and immediately proceeded to tell me what the problem was (he was wrong, and I corrected him). He did suggest a few helpful things such as bypass the HDMI in the Integra Amp and connect directly to the Projector, but basically he said that this behaviour is by design, not a fault, and if I was not happy to return it for a refund (which I have done!!!).

Dear Panasonic,

You have released a product that 'randomly' does scaling to HD resolutions in PAL, but seems to reliably scale to HD resolutions in NTSC.

You CANNOT seriously expect to believe that this is by design and NOT a design fault of some type?????

I can overlook other shortfalls in the product (can't stream video while recording), but a HD PVR that randomly plays back media in SD or HD is totally pathetic.
:-(

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