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April 17, 2009

Pioneer launches 3 BD-Live Blu-ray players in Japan

pioneer-bdp-lx52-bdp-320-and-bdp-120-blu-ray-players.jpgPioneer has announced the launch of a trio of BD-Live Blu-ray players in Japan--the BDP-LX52, the BDP-320 and the BDP-120. All three players deliver 1080p/24 output, BD-ROM(BDMV), BD-R/RE, BD-R/RE DL, DVD, as well as AVCHD. The flagship LX52 uses Pioneer's Precision Quartz Lock System (PQLS) on multiple channels, supports 48-but Deep Color, and can playback WMA9, MP3 and JPEG files from both CDs and DVDs. The BDP-320 has similar features but only manages the Precision Quartz Lock System on two channels. The BDP-120 is the entry-level player and doesn't have the Precision Quartz Lock System and only supports 32-bit Deep Color and JPEG playback. All of the models have LAN and USB ports and will be available in Japan this May.

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April 15, 2009

Pioneer outs BDR-2203 Blu-ray burner for $250

pioneerbdr-2203-sb.jpgBlu-ray disc writers have come down in price drastically in the past year. The latest from Pioneer, BDR-2203, is no exception with a price tag of $249.99. The Blu-ray writer can write 25 GB of data to a single-layer Blu-ray disc in 15 minutes according to Pioneer, and can handle double-layer discs at 8x speeds. The BDR-2203 can also write to DVD and CD and comes with software for authoring Blu-ray discs.

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April 9, 2009

Sharp and Pioneer pair up for Blu-ray dominance

bluraylogo.jpgSharp and Pioneer are reportedly pairing up and creating a joint venture that both companies hope will dominate the optical disc industry--specifically the Blu-ray segment. The companies have reached a basic agreement, which was announced today in Tokyo, and will likely transfer their respective optical disc divisions in their entirety to the new venture. An official contract is expected to be signed by June 25, and if all goes well the Sharp-Pioneer JV should be up and running by October of this year. Pioneer recently discontinued manufacturing HDTVs despite being known as the best plasma producer via the Kuro brand, in the world.

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March 31, 2009

Samsung announces 2009 HDTV, home theater pricing and availability

samsung-series-7-7000-led-hdtvs-right.jpgSamsung has announced official pricing and availability of its 2009 home theater and HDTV products today. So here goes:

Samsung 2009 LED HDTV's

6000 Series

32-inch: $1599.99
40-inch: $2299.99
46-inch: $2799.99
55-inch: $3599.99

The 32-inch model will launch in June, while all other 6000 series models should now be available.

7000 Series

40-inch: $2499.99
46-inch: $2999.99
55-inch: $3799.99

The 46- and 55-inch models should now be available, while the 40-inch model will arrive in April.

8000 Series

46-inch: $3299.99
55-inch: $3999.99

Both sets will be available in May.

Samsung 2009 Blu-ray Players

Samsung BD-P1600: $299.99, available now
Samsung BD-P3600: $399.99, available now
Samsung BD-P4600: $499.99, available in April

Samsung 2009 Blu-ray home theater systems

Samsung HT-BD1250: $549, available now
Samsung HT-BD7200: $799, available in June
Samsung HT-BD8200 with HT-WS1 sound bar: $799.99 + $349.99, available in July and April, respectively

Samsung has also added a new home theater to its spring 2009 line. The HT-AS730 sports 5.1 channels pumping out a total of 650 Watts. It can also be upgraded to 7.1 channels by separately purchased speakers. It supports full 1080p video and has onboard decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio sound. Available next month, the Samsung HT-AS730 home theater will ship in April.

Furthermore, Samsung earth-friendly Series 6 650 and Series 7 750 LCD HDTV's are available today.

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March 30, 2009

Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-ray player gets reviewed

panny-dmpbd60.jpgCNET has taken the screws to the Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-ray player, one of its 2009 releases announced at CES, and once it was all said and done the player was found to "offer excellent image quality and reliable Blu-ray playback." On the upside, the DMP-BD60 sport compliancy with Profile 2.0, onboard decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, access to Picasa photos and Youtube video, as well as Amazon On Demand access this May. On the downside, the DMP-BD60 doesn't have some of high-end features--Wi-Fi, Netflix video streaming, built-in memory--of newer competing Blu-ray players. Whatever your final decision may be, the Panasonic DMP-BD60 is
available at Amazon for $263.

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Netflix Blu-ray titles get a price increase in April

netflix-bluray.jpgNetflix claims it has increased its Blu-ray catalog to include 1300 titles, but given the expensive price of Blu-ray discs apparently feels justified in jacking up its prices. In a post on its blog today, Netflix says it'll be increasing its prices on April 27, from its 2-disc per month plan all the way up to its 8-disc at a time unlimited plan. The 2-disc plan will increase from $4.99 to $5.99, gradually increasing to a $9 price jack on its 8-disc plan to $56.99. Personally I don't see this as a big deal. Sure, a $1 increase on a $5 initial price is a fairly large 20% increase. But the wallet damage is marginal for most of us. As Netflix says though, "if you don't want to pay the additional charge for monthly access to Blu-ray, simply remove Blu-ray access from your account before April 27, 2009."

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March 21, 2009

Marantz UD9004 universal Blu-ray player doesn't care about the economy

SA-7S1.jpgMarantz looks to be jumping on the universal Blu-ray bandwagon with plans for a UD9004 built upon their SA-7S1 SACD-CD reference design. The UD9004 will be BD Live-ready with Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module (HDAM) technology, dual-SHARC HD audio processing, a 10-bit Silicon Optix Realta chipset, 36-bit color / 297MHz/14-bit Video DAC and has a SD card slot. Full HD audio support for Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio codecs is also built-in. Being Marantz and all, expect to pay a pretty pile of green paper for UD9004, though the company hasn't announced an official price tag or release date yet.

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March 12, 2009

Panasonic 2009 Viera HDTV, Blu-ray lines get prices and release dates

panasonic_z1_plasma_270x261.jpgThe HD Guru has always been high on our list of credible sources for HDTV-related info leaks, and he just moved up another rung on the credibility ladder with the official Panasonic HDTV price information being released yesterday. His information and the official press release match up quite nicely, even including the widely priced $5999 Z1.

Panasonic has also released prices for its trio of 2009 Viera Cast Blu-ray players. All three have access to tons on online video content including Amazon video-on-demand, Youtube, weather channels and more. The energy-efficient DMP-BD60 will set you back $299, while the DMP-BD80 with 7.1 analog outputs will cost $399. The DMP-BD70V also costs $399, but strangely swaps out the analog ports for a built-in VHS player! All three Blu-ray players will ship in April.

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March 4, 2009

Sony unveils W-series LCD TV's, pair of Blu-ray players, pair of home theater systems

Just after Sony's 2009 CES product debuts were pinned with some pricing information, the company has gone ahead and added a few more home theater gear to its line at a show in Las Vegas.

Sony_BDPS360(2).jpgFirst up is the BDP-S560 and BDP-S360 Blu-ray players, both capable of delivering 1080/60p and 24p True Cinema picture output, BD Live-enabled and capable of decoding newer audio codecs. The BDP-S560 adds in 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi so BD-Live content and firmware updates can be downloaded wirelessly. The DLNA-compatible device can also connect to other DLNA products for sharing digital photos and has a front USB port. The BDP-S560 should ship this summer for around $350. The BDP-S360 features all the features of the S560 with the exception of built-in Wi-Fi and will also ship this summer for roughly $300.

Sony_BDVE300.jpgNext up is a pair of home theater systems--the BDV-E500W and the BDV-E300. Both systems offer 5.1-channels, BD-Live Blu-ray, a Digital Media port for music playback, an iPod cradle, PC client, Bluetooth and an optional Network Walkman cradle. The BDV-E500W adds in S-AIR wireless audio capabilities while the BDV-E300 is S-AIR ready but modules are purchased separately. Both home theaters will ship in June for roughly $800 and $600, respectively.

sony_w_series.jpgFinally, the Bravia W-series LCD TV's includes the 40-inch KDL-40W5100, 46-inch KDL-46W5100 and 52-inch KDL-52W5100. All three models are DLNA compliant and have Ethernet connections for accessing Bravia internet content and internet widgets. No prices for the W-series are available yet, but expect the new models to ship this spring.

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February 13, 2009

LG's BD300 Blu-ray player now streams YouTube vids

lg_bd300.jpgI don't know if you've ever tried watching standard YouTube videos on a big screen, but it's bad. Now that the Google-owned video platform has enabled HD videos, LG has gone ahead and released the promised YouTube streaming update to its BD300 Blu-ray player. Enjoy!

via slashgear

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