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December 13, 2008

Oppo BDP-83: Yet Another 'Universal' Blu-ray Player

bdp-83.jpgWhen Denon's DVD-A1UDCI Blu-ray player launches next February with the tag "universal" attached to the product name it'll be no surprise. After all, Denon produces premium products. But when a value brand like Oppo Digital does the same thing, it's a pure marketing play. That will be the case when the company launches the Oppo BDP-83 "universal" Blu-ray player December 20. It'll playback BD-Live Blu-ray in 1080p/24Hz, DVD video, DVD-Audio, and SACD so I suppose it does have universal functions. But I sure hope we don't see universal tagged to every Blu-ray player on the market next year.

Anyway, it'll launch in limited quantities between December 20 and January 16, 2009 priced between $499 and $599. I'm not sure what the official release date will be, but even with 1 GB of internal memory, USB and ethernet connections in addition to the features above, the BDP-83 doesn't exactly scream value to me.

Via Video Business Online

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December 5, 2008

Sharp Shipping LCD TV With Built-In Blu-ray Player In January 2009

sharp-aquos-dx-blu-ray2.jpgI had heard rumors earlier this year that Sharp may be launching a line of LCD TV's with integrated Blu-ray players in Japan. But I didn't think for one second that they'd ever hit the United States. Looks like I thought wrong.

According to Mike Troetti, Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America president, the company will be shipping 32- and 42-inch Blu-ray player-packin' AQUOS LCD TV's to the US in January 2009. The specs on the smaller model aren't clear, but the 42-inch model is expected to sport 1080p resolution, a 120 Hz frame rate, and a multi-slot mechanism for Blu-ray discs, DVD's, and compact discs.

They'll be a little pricey though. Try a little under $2000 for the 42-inch model. Sounds pretty cool in theory, but judging by price only an option if you're extremely constricted by home theater space.

Via Twice

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Denon's DVD-A1UDCI Blu-ray/Everything Player Launching In February 2009

denon.JPGNever have I seen a company announce a successor to a DVD player that is a BD Live-capable Blu-ray player, but that is exactly what Denon has done with the February 2009 release of the DVD-A1UDCI. Successor to Denon's DVD-5910 DVD player, the DVD-A1UDCI uses a revamped Advanced SVH Mechanism to provide high quality DVD video and Profile 2.0 Blu-ray playback. The player, a self-proclaimed 'universal', also offers DVD-Audio, Super Audio CD playback--both with digital audio output via HDMI or Denon Link with bass management.

Inside is a 10-bit Silicon Optix Realta chipset that'll upscale standard-def content to 1080p via HDMI. It also works with IP scaling. It has a ton more features, but the list is so extensive I'll let you check out the release after the jump. Just know you'll pay for the 'universal' Blu-ray player to the tune of $3, 800. Not exactly a mainstream Blu-ray price, is it?

Via Widescreen Review

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November 30, 2008

Sony's BDP-350 Blu-ray Player The 3rd Most Popular Online Black Friday Buy

friday.jpgBlack Friday has come and gone, and despite concerns that retailers would face lower sales this year (some surely did) the overall numbers look good. Online traffic increased 11% from Black Friday 2007 according to research firm Pricegrabber.com. And overall revenues totaled $10.6 billion this year, a 3% increase over 2007.

Consumer electronics deals drove tons of people to purchase HDTV's and Blu-ray players online. In fact Blu-ray sales increased 147% from 2007 and Sony's BDP-S350 was the third most popular online product. While the HDTV market didn't see comparable growth, Samsung's LN52A650 LCD TV was the fourth most popular product online this year, followed by the Panasonic TH-42PX80U plasma in sixth.

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November 23, 2008

Onkyo Releases First Blu-ray Player, DV-BD606, In Europe

dvbd606(2).jpgFormer HD DVD supporter Onkyo has released their first Blu-ray player in Europe. The DV-BD606 boasts 1080p output at 24 frames per second, support for DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD audio codecs, Deep Color support, Bonus View for picture-in-picture, and an SD card slot for additional media playback. It'll also upscale standard-definition and DivX files and comes with a dedicated remote control. Available now in Europe, Onkyo's DV-BD606 comes in either solid black or black and silver color options for £399.99.

Onkyo via Pocket-Lint

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November 16, 2008

Netflix Axes HD DVD, Finally Goes Blu-ray Exclusive

netflixhd_dvd(2).jpgNearly a year after HD DVD officially kicked the bucket, Netflix has finally gone Blu-ray exclusive. Personally I think Netflix may one day be responsible for the death of Blu-ray as well, but as of December 15, 2008 HD DVD will go first. If you happen to still have any HD DVD's in your Queue, they'll be replaced by standard DVD's come the big day.

Via Crunchgear

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November 7, 2008

Hot Blu-ray Deals Coming For Black Friday And Beyond: ABI Research

blu-ray-logo-718027bmp(2).jpgSays ABI Research,

The need for healthy holiday sales in a bear market, competitive pressure from movie download services, and media speculation about the future success of the Blu-ray format itself has resulted in falling Blu-ray player prices across a range of current and older models.

Take that into consideration and it's likely you'll be able to find some hot Blu-ray deals come Black Friday and the following holiday shopping season. Of course, a couple of companies have gotten wise to the threat of download services. LG and Samsung both have partnered with Netflix to provide downloadable Netflix content directly to some of their players.

via pr

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November 5, 2008

NAD Electronics' T587 Blu-ray Player Only...Yeah Right Only, $1499

nad(2).jpgNAD Electronics is offering up a T587 Profile 2.0 Blu-ray player featuring BD Live, BD Java, 1080p at 24 frames per second, HDMI 1.3 with Deep Color, and xvYCC Extended Color. The high-end model has a variety of other connections as well including ethernet, composite, component, coaxial, external IR, and a front-panel USB port. Of course it features the latest Dolby and DTS lossless audio codecs, and can upscale DVD's. Despite NAD's credentials, we wonder if dishing up a Blu-ray player for $1499 is a smart business decision. It's definitely not looking to appeal to the mainstream consumer, that's for sure.

Via CE Pro

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October 24, 2008

DVD Sales May Suffer Thanks To Economy, Blu-ray In Trouble?

dvdshop(2).jpgBlu-ray bashers really have something to work with now. A survey conducted by the Solutions Research Group is forecasting that more of us will cut our DVD buying and switch to rentals in an effort to save dollars. Said one survey respondent, "We could make better use of our Netflix account and spend less buying DVDs". Great for Netflix, but if DVD's are too expensive, what's going to happen to poor Blu-ray? But wait Blu-ray haters. Of all the home entertainment options to be cut, DVD's were mentioned the least, and 54% of those surveyed said the economy won't affect their entertainment spending at all. I guess Blu-ray still has a chance.

Via Video Business Online
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October 23, 2008

OWC Launches Quad Interface 4x Blu-ray Writer

owc.jpgOWC's Panasonic-manufactured Mercury Pro is the industry's first external Blu-ray drive with a quad interface, enabling FireWire 400, FireWire 800, eSATA and USB 2.0 connections to your Mac or PC. The Mercury Pro SW-5583, priced at $499.99, burns Blu-ray discs at 4x, or about 1 GB per minute with the ability to transfer 150 MB. Mercury's Pro SW-5583T is a little bit more expensive tagged at $579.99 but also includes the full version of Roxio Toast 9 Titanium for Mac's OS X.

Via Blu-ray Stats

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