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June 1, 2009

Panasonic DMP-B15, world's first portable Blu-ray player, gets priced

dmpb15.jpgPanasonic has announced today the upcoming availability of the DMP-B15, the world's first portable Blu-ray player. The BD Live Blu-ray unit sports a 8.9-inch WSVGA LCD display along with many of the features inherent in Panasonic's standalone players. 1080p resolution is enabled by PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus technology, and the DMP-B15 also has Viera Cast internet accessibility so users have access to Amazon video on demand content, YouTube, Google Picasa photos, Bloomberg news and weather reports. The unit doesn't have a particularly great battery life--only 2.5 hours--but it does have an SD card slot and the ability to connect to an HDTV via HDMI for a standalone experience.

Panasonic will be shipping the DMP-B15 portable Blu-ray player this month for a rather extravagant $799.95. Guess you'll have to pay for portability. Not so sure portability is worth the extra $500 or $600 you'll pay if you opt for portable over standalone.

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Posted by Justin Davey at June 1, 2009 6:13 PM

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