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February 10, 2010

Sony BDP-S470 3D Blu-ray player shipping this month

sony_bdp_s470.jpgSony announced today that its 3D BDP-S470 Blu-ray player will be shipping in February for $200. The Blu-ray player won't get its 3D capabilities until this summer with an expected firmware upgrade, but until then it'll feature all the usual goodies expected these days including SACD high-res music support, an iPhone app for remote controlling, and Wi-Fi with the use of a separate adapter.

Also this month, the BDP-S570 which has Wi-Fi built in will launch. It'll be a bit more pricey at $250, but nothing crazy considering it'll have 3D Blu-ray playback capabilities (come summer) and web TV streaming right off the bat.

Sony will further provide the 3D firmware upgrade this summer to its BDV-E770W and BDV-S570 Blu-ray home theater systems.

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February 4, 2010

S1Digital outs a 100 disc Blu-ray disc changer

s1bluraychanger.jpgAs Blu-ray content becomes more popular in the average household, loose discs present the same messy problem as do DVDs and video games. A disc removed from the player never seems to end up back in the proper case. With the S1Digital BDC 100 Blu-ray Disc Changer the problem is moot. The unit lets you store and playback up to 100 Blu-ray discs via a connection to any digital media center running Windows 7 or Vista. The unit, which ships with My Movies software, enables you to browse through movies and their respective cover art as well as rip movies to Windows Home Server. It connects to your PC via USB 2.0. Shipping now, the 100 Disc Blu-ray Changer costs $1500.

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January 25, 2010

Oppo BDP-80 Blu-ray player only $289

oppo-bdp-80.jpgOppo isn't known for low-cost Blu-ray players, but today the company released its lowest-cost Blu-ray player yet in the BDP-80. Successor to the higher-end BDP-83, the new Oppo player eliminates the secondary video processor, 24p DVD upscaling, IR and RS-232 networking ports.

However, for $289 the Oppo BDP-80 does offer BD-Live support with an Ethernet jack, 1 GB of built-in memory, 24p Blu-ray playback, an HDMI 1.3 output, AVCHD H.264-compressed video compatibility, and more.

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January 10, 2010

Denon S-5BD receiver integrates connected Blu-ray player

denon-s5bd.jpgI really doubt I'd ever fork out $1799 for an A/V receiver, even if it included an integrated Profile 2.0 Blu-ray deck. But if this sounds like a cool idea to you, you might be interested in Denon's new S-5BD BD/Receiver, introduced at CES 2010. The 5.1-channel unit includes the following features:

2-source, 2-zone distribution
BD Live connectivity
3 HDMI 1.4 inputs and 1 output
SD card slot
USB port for iPod connection
support for Dolby Pro Logic IIz, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master audio
RS-232 networking support for custom installations
Ethernet

The Denon S-5DB receiver will ship in March 2010.

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January 6, 2010

Samsung BD-C7500, BD-C6900, BD-C6500, BD-C5500 Blu-ray players announced

BDC7500.jpgSamsung has introduced four new internet-connected Blu-ray players at CES 2010--the BD-C550, the BD-C6500, the BD-C6900 and the BD-C7500. All of the 2010 Blu-ray players are web-connected to Samsung's Internet@TV service with Samsung Apps so owners can access web content and apps even if they don't have a Samsung HDTV. All 4 Blu-ray players also include built-in Wi-Fi.

The BD-C7500 is a "nature-inspired" player is the "world's slimmest" Blu-ray player at 1.1 inches, features 1080p/24fps playback with improved disc load and boot up times, and a wood design.

The BD-C6900 is Samsung's 3D Blu-ray player, compatible with 3D Samsung HDTVs and the recently approved 3D Blu-ray industry standard. The cover is transparent so a playing disc can be seen to spin.

The BD-C6500 has quick 15-second boot up and disc load times, and finally, the BD-C5500 is the eco-friendly Blu-ray player and requires a separately purchased USB dongle for Wi-Fi.

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Toshiba outs 55- and 65-inch 3D Cell TVs; 3 3D playing, web connected Blu-ray players

toshiba-zx900-cell-tv.jpgToshiba's showing at CES 2010 in Las Vegas today was impressive. The company announced the Genesis ZX900 Cell TV line with 55- and 65-inch models, and three new Blu-ray players. All of Toshiba's new gadgets are 3D playback compatible.

The ZX900 line uses Toshiba's Cell Broadband Engine (like the one in the Playstation 3) which, Toshiba claims, features 143 times more processing power than other TVs on the market. Combined with Kira2 LED panel technology, Net+ Resolution with Compression Noise Canceling, AutoView RGB powered by an ambient light sensor, and a few more proprietary company technologies, the ZX900 line has the "best possible picture in any lighting condition."

Other features include 802.11n Wi-Fi, Wireless HD (enabling the set to connect to a separate set-top box eliminating wire clutter), a ClearScan 480 Hz frame rate, 3D playback, a built-in Blu-ray player, a 1 TB HDD for content storage, and Net TV streaming including content from Vudu, Pandora, CinemaNow and Netflix.

The sets are expected to ship with a brushed black aluminum bezel sometime in 2010 for an undisclosed price. There is also an Illusion line that will include 46-, 55- and 62-inch models available later in 2010.

Toshiba's new Blu-ray offerings include the BDX2500, BDX2700 and BDX3000. All three are capable of playing back 3D content and have internet access with streaming support for services such as Vudu. Other common features include 1080p/24fps playback, BD Live, and onboard decoding for Dolby True HD or DTS Master audio through analog 7.1 channel outputs or HDMI. The BDX2500 will be "wireless ready" via an optional USB wireless dongle. The BDX2700 includes built-in wireless connectivity out of the box and the BDX3000 "features a fresh new design, 3D capabilities and a wide range of added features, with details to follow closer to launch date."

The BDX2500 and BDX2700 will ship in spring 2010 priced at $199.99 and $249.99, respectively. The BDX3000 is expected to ship in the third quarter.

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December 24, 2009

Oppo Digital to announce "lower-cost Blu-ray player" in January 2010

oppobdp83.jpgOppo Digital, maker of the $499.99 BDP-83 Blu-ray player and an $899.99 special edition of the same, will be releasing a lower-cost Blu-ray player in early 2010. This according to a Twitter tweet from the company that specifically pointed out "early January 2010" as timing for the announcement. This could only mean that Oppo will announce the new Blu-ray player at CES 2010 though it said to check out its website around that time for more information. No specifications or pricing information are known at this time.

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December 20, 2009

Sony Bravia HDTVs going 3D at CES 2010?

bluraylogo.jpgZDNet is reporting that Sony has partnered with 3D tech firm RealD to bring 3D technology to Sony Bravia HDTVs and the Playstation 3 Blu-ray player. The latter we've heard about already, mentioned with the release of the Blu-ray 3DTM 3D viewing standard, but the addition of the Bravia line is new.

By adding RealD technology to its products, Sony will enable viewers to watch compatible media in 3D, with the help of special glasses, of course. I would expect some serious product announcements at CES 2010 this coming January in Las Vegas, followed by a massive 3D home theater trend that will take up a heck of alot of headlines during the rest of the year.

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3D Blu-ray officially becomes standard

bluraylogo.jpgThe Blu-ray disc Association today finalized and released the Blu-ray 3DTM specification, bring true 3D Hollywood content a little closer to our living rooms. The specification encodes 3D video using the Multiview Video Coding (MVC) codec, an extension of the ITU-T H.264 Advanced Video Coding (AVC) codec currently supported by all Blu-ray players. The new MPEG3-MVC standard compresses both left and right eye views roughly twice as much as typical 2D content, and can 1080p backward compatibility with 2D players. Blu-ray 3DTM also supports 3D Blu-ray playback on the Playstation 3 and will enable 2D playback of 3D discs. The complete specification will be available to the public shortly.

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December 10, 2009

Amazon Deal + On Demand DVD and Blu-ray promotion launches

disc.jpgLooking to bridge the gap between physical Blu-ray and DVD disc sales and streaming video sales, Amazon has just announced a new promotion that enables disc buyers one month to watch the purchased film instantly via streaming. It sounds good, but the Disc + On Demand deal only consists of 313 movies right now, and none of those are particularly new. Hopefully this changes if the promotion becomes a permanent fixture within the company.

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