Although we’ll never see these in the US, at least in this exact format, it’s still an interesting proposition. Panasonic’s DMR-BS850 and DMR-BS750 are Blu-ray writers, yes writer (or burner) with a dual digital satellite TV tuner compatible with the UK’s Freesat service. Inside each machine is a hard drive (500GB and 250GB respectively) and a USB and SD card port for watching or writing home recorded HD/SD files to a Blu-ray disc. Although Panasonic hasn’t made mention of price, speculation puts the the S850 at £1000, but expect more details to emerge when they launch this June.
In light of my crippled Time Warner box, I highly doubt we’ll see anything like this in the US, but you never know.