According to one of the US customer service representatives, there are no new HDD DVR’s from Panasonic and there are none expected.
If you love your hard disk based dvd recorder and were planning on buying from Panasonic in the future, I suggest you email, call, fax, or write to them to express your disappointment. Perhaps they will reconsider.
Here is the “Contact Us” form URL:
Here is their support address and phone number:
Panasonic Corporation of North America
Consumer Affairs Division
One Panasonic Way
Secaucus, NJ 07094
You’ll have to ask for their Fax number, I cannot find it.