Padding is never going to come I'm afraid.
Before the latest fiasco with failed recordings padding was one of the most requested features right from the launch.
Yes that would be a good choice - mine is 100% reliable - but some find the interface a bit dated & clunky. But it works!
Which model panasonic do you have please cause i do believe if im right in saying that there is two models on freeview thanks
Mine is a 5 year old BluRay Player /Recorder but with the current offerings you have a choice between straight Freeview+ or Freeview Play. Freeview Play gives you 7 days catchup like the Youview box whereas the Freeview+ doesn't.
The difference I think really is in the guide. The Freeview+ guide is quite standard and the Freeview Play guide for current & future programmes is fairly standard but scrolling back is not like Youview and does it by channel & can take sometime to populate - atleast my Panasonic TV does.
Just depends exactly what you want. Both styles are available with some disc playing functionality.
Then it'll be the DMR-HWT150 (500gb) or 250 (1TB) for Freeview Play with catchup or the plain Freeview+ box - DMR-HWT130.
With both I think remote recording is possible which is quite handy.