I have installed one of these DVD recorders, with a 37LZD85 TV. The Viera system lets you pause live TV and then watch the program. Also you can record using the DVD Guide or set the recording on the TV Guide. The TV wakes the DVD recorder up and then records the program.
Playback is brilliant using the HDMI cable. However both Scart and HDMI cables have to be fitted to use some of the features (i.e Direct TV Record) but this is no problem and the TV switches to the HDMI automatically for playback.
Set up is automatic but even if you do fog up you can re-do the set up anytime.
Would be a nice touch if Panasonic would include Blue Ray playback (for Blue Ray Discs).