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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) said it has shipped more than 100,000 units of the Blu-ray Disc version of "Casino Royale" since its March 13 release and announced a slate of new titles to follow this spring.
The studio said the HD title of the James Bond thriller is setting records at retail for "the greatest number of high-definition copies sold in one day."
Sony plans to grow sales of the pending Blu-ray Disc (BD) format behind a steady stream of new release titles, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment president Ben Feingold told members of the press, here.
Speaking to an audience that had just seen Sony's home electronics division unveil Blu-ray Disc player pre-launch promotional plans, Feingold said Sony Pictures is witnessing “an explosion of demand for content at the same time that DVD sales numbers are in decline.”
Sony said its much-anticipated BDP-S1 Blu-ray Disc (BD) player is now shipping to major consumer electronics retailers and specialty dealers nationwide.
The high-definition optical disc player, which hit a couple of delays on its road to market, is now available at a $999 suggested retail price. It is the company's first dedicated BD playback device and also capable of playing standard DVDs.
Vizio used a recent press briefing here to reveal plans to expand its offerings in LCD TVs using LED technology.
First, John Schindler, Vizio's new product development VP, said the company's previously announced 55-inch 1080p/240Hz full-area LED backlit TV, model VF551XVT ($2,200 suggested retail), will ship to retail this September.
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.