Panasonic Deck Combines VHS with Blu-ray

Single player spans the generations and converts old cassettes to HD-like quality

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The deck will list for $450

Combining Blu-ray with VHS tapes seems, well, wrong. But many of us still have cherished cassettes. So Panasonic thinks there is a market for a combo Blu-ray and VHS player.

The DMP-BD70V, like Panasonic's other Blu-ray players, can process 15 billion pixels a second. And it will use those smarts to convert VHS video to something akin to high-definition TV. I only worry that all that firepower could melt the humble tapes.