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Samsung Unveils Wi-Fi Direct Blu-ray Player

1/10/2012 05:23:00 PM Eastern

LAS VEGAS – Samsung is introducing at
International CES a new Blu-ray Disc player
with Wi-Fi direct functionality that will allow
sharing content over a direct connection
with other Wi-Fi devices without the need
for a central access point or PC.

Model BD-E6500 is a 3D-enabled Bluray
player offering FullHD 1080p video
playback, and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity.
The player also supports Samsung Apps
and adds a full web browser.

The player was said to have been designed
to let content purchasers “obtain
digital copies of their DVD collection and
stream them to multiple smart devices.”

Asked for details on the digital copy
streaming, Samsung representatives said
they were waiting for multiple outside approvals
and could not get an official explanation
of the technology as this went to press.

Meanwhile, Samsung said the aforementioned
Wi-Fi Direct system, which allows
Wi-Fi devices to be connected easily without
the need for a central wireless access
point, will be available in all 2012 Blu-ray
players, among other Samsung devices.

The BD-E6500 model also features a
slim, two-tone cabinet design, Samsung
said.

Pricing and availability were not available
at press time.

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