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The Blu-ray Disc Association greeted the dawning of the 3D age at International CES by celebrating the strong adoption rate of the Blu-ray format, and by pointing out that more than 20 2D and 3D Blu-ray Disc products were being introduced by manufacturers.
The group also launched here a new 3D Blu-ray logo that will help consumers quickly discern 3D-capable Blu-ray players from 2D-only versions.
Upper Saddle River, N.J. - Onkyo said Tuesday it is now shipping its latest "high-performance" BD-Live-enabled Blu-ray Disc player, and a pair of Blu-ray-ready home-theater systems to support it.
The single-disc player, model DV-BD507 (shipping now at a $449 suggested retail), outputs FullHD 1080p video and multichannel audio over its HDMI 1.3a digital output.
Sony took the wraps off four Blu-ray products and another series of Bravia Internet-video-ready HD LCD TVs at its dealer show, here, last week.
Although the company revealed the majority of its 2009 televisions and home audio products at the International CES in January, a few surprises were held back for the dealer get-together.
HD DVD won't be the only high-definition video disc format with Web-enabled interactivity much longer.
San Francisco-based software developer Related Content Database is announcing at International CES two new Blu-ray feature platforms — BD Live and BD Magic. Both will bring the power of the Internet to Blu-ray Discs, offering a broad range of interactive possibilities to enhance the user experience.
Sharp announced that it would deliver on Dec. 9 its first Blu-ray Disc (BD) recorder for the Japanese market. With the announcement, Sharp becomes the third company to introduce a deck using the new high-density optical disc media for Japan, joining Sony and Panasonic.
Momentum was clearly against HD DVD in the days leading up to Toshiba's decision to drop its HD DVD format as several of the country's largest retailers announced their support for Blu-ray Disc.
Perhaps the biggest blows came when retail giant Wal-Mart and online video rental company Netflix announced plans to stop selling HD DVD products this year, making it difficult for customers to find discs to play on the machines.