The Diga E200h, retailing at about 170,000 yen, can record up to 212 hours of content and features electric TV program guidance and a function enabling owners to set recording parameters with their mobile phones.
Back in 2002, Matsushita began selling the nation's first DVD recorder that allowed users to watch part of a TV program they had just recorded even while the appliance continued to record the remainder of the program.
The company does not plan to develop a DVD recorder capable of handling both DVD-RAM and DVD-RW standards. DVD recorders are categorized under two competing standards: Matsushita, Toshiba Corp. and Hitachi Ltd. sell recorders that operate under the DVD-RAM standard, while Pioneer Corp., Sharp Corp. and Sony Corp. offer DVD-RW recorders. Toshiba sells a DVD recorder adaptable to either standard.