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2010 Blu-ray Players Go Mainstream

3/10/2010 12:41:00 PM Eastern
NEW YORK — Blu-ray Disc players will take the next step into the mainstream this, as evidenced by a slate of new product announcements from the recent International CES.

Virtually all new models announced by top tier manufacturers now include broadband connectivity, with some carrying built-in WiFi access, as well as support for streaming movie services and other interactive widgets (or apps).

The following is list of new 2010 products for some of the top-tier brands, including recent pricing details:

LG Electronics introduced for 2010 a trio of LG Blu-ray players including the BD590 “media library” ($379 suggested retail) featuring DLNA-compliant media streaming, an integrated 250GB hard disc drive. It is equipped with integrated WiFi access. Users can stream movies from the Vudu online service, and rip and archive CD collections to the hard drive using Music ID from Gracenote. A USB 2.0 media host is also included to display photos, play videos and listen to MP3 files via USB devices.
The player also offers a sleek crystaledge design.
Model BD570 ($279 suggested retail) offers the same feature package minus the hard disk drive.
The BD550 (pricing to be announced) Blu-ray Disc player delivers the same basic features as the BD570 but omits integrated Wi-Fi support.
Additional features in all models include FullHD 1080p Blu-ray Disc playback, 1080p DVD up-scaling, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD advanced digital surround sound.

Panasonic introduced for 2010 its first Blu-ray player with 1080p 3D playback support. Model DMP-BDT350 will conform to the new Blu-ray 3D spec to connect with forthcoming 3D FullHD TVs, including Panasonic’s new V-series plasma sets.
The company also introduced a pair of second-generation portable Blu-ray Disc players — models DMPB100 and DMP-B500 (prices to be announced), which both play back Blu-ray Discs, DVDs and CDs on the go, or connected with TVs.
The B500 uses a 10.1-inch WSVGA screen, expanded Viera Cast internet functionality with Wi-Fi wireless LAN connection, an SD memory card slot for photos and videos, a USB port, Dolby Digital and DTS HD.
The B100 features an 8.9-inch WSVGA adjustable position screen, SD memory card slot for photos, and Dolby Digital and DTS HD.
All of the new Blu-ray players feature PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus pixel-for-pixel image-processing technology, the broadband access using the Viera Cast platform with support for Netfl ix, Pandora, Twitter and Fox Sports streaming content, in addition to Amazon Video On Demand, YouTube, Picasa Web Albums, Bloomberg and a weather channel.

Philips recently introduced three stand-alone Bluray players, including the BDP5110 (available in the fi rst quarter at a $169 suggested retail), BDP5320 (available in the fi rst quarter at $249) and BDP7320 (available in the second quarter at $279).
The BDP5110 features broadband access support for BD-Live (with optional 1GB add-on memory) features plus access to streaming services from Netfl ix and vTuner Internet Radio. It will play back in up to 1080p/24p resolution, plays both CDs and DVDs, and offers HDMI CEC multi-component interoperability with one remote. Also supported is Deep Color and x.v. Color, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD and DTS-HD, as well as AVCHD and DivX. It includes an SD card slot.
The BDP5320 carries the same features plus builtin Wi-Fi networking support with an included Wi- Fi dongle.
The BDP7320 adds to the BDP5320 package a slim cabinet design, DLNA support, 1GB SD card for BDLive support and 7.1 analog audio outputs.

Samsung introduced four new Blu-ray players, including the company’s first 3D-capable model. The BD-C6900 will support FullHD 1080p 3D playback and Internet connectivity.
All of the new players enable access to IPTV functions, which Samsung will enhance with add-on apps through a new app store.
The BD-C5500 (all prices are to be announced) offers an eco-friendly design, requiring 13 watts in use and 0.1 watt in standby mode. It is Wi-Fi ready but lacks access to Internet apps found in the step-up models.
The BD-C6500 features quick load speeds and a 15- second boot-up time.
The BD-7500 measures just more than 1 inch high and can be placed fl at on a tabletop, mounted on a wall or mounted at a 25-degree angle. It offers a wood-style fi nish, improved disc loading and boot-up times, up to 1080/24p resolution, playback at 24 fps and doesn’t do any upconverting for an “au natural” fluid motion on the screen.

Sony revealed a slate of Blu-ray Disc products that will be 3D-ready, including four stand-alone players and a pair of home-theater systems with integrated Blu-ray playback. All will be available at retailers starting in March.
In all cases, support for 3D display on forthcoming 3DTV sets will require a firmware update, which will be available for download this summer.
The stand-alone models include the BDP-S370 ($180 suggested retail), BDP-S470 ($200) and BDP-S570 ($250), each of which is shipping to dealers now.
The two new Blu-ray home-theater systems are slated for delivery in March and include the BDP-E570 ($550) and BDP-E770W ($650).
Sony said all of the new players will support broadband Internet connections for BD-Live feature playback, as well as accessing streaming entertainment content through the Bravia Internet Video platform. The latter supports more than 25 service providers including Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, You- Tube, Slacker Internet Radio, Pandora (starting this spring), NPR, Sony Pictures and Sony Music.
New models also feature DVD up-conversion to 1080p, playback of both music CDs and SACDs, and support for all advanced surround codecs including DTS-Master Audio and Dolby True HD. Sony’s Entertainment Database Browser using Gracenote technoltechnology for topic browsing is also included.
Free apps to use iPhones and iPod Touch devices as remote controls for the players will also be available.
The BDP-S570 features FullHD 1080p single-disc playback, a new monolithic design to fit with new Bravia TVs, noise reduction for Internet content, built-in Wi-Fi access with Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), and photo/music/video playback via USB and DLNA (with fi rmware update). The player also includes 1GB of built-in memory for BDLive playback.
The BDP-S470 and BDP-S370 have the same basic feature assortment as the S570 but omit built-in Wi-Fi access and 1GB of built-in memory.
Both new Blu-ray home-theater systems offer 1,000 watts of total power, BD-Live support with 1GB of builtin memory, IP content noise reduction, and photo/music/ video playback via USB and DLNA (with fi rmware update), plus most of the features of the S570.
The BDV-E770W includes integrated S-AIR wireless rear speakers and is wireless LAN ready with the included USB Wireless LAN adapter (802.11).
The BDV-E570 will be S-AIR ready for wireless rear and wireless multi-room speakers, which are sold separately.

Toshiba used International CES to unveil three nextgeneration Blu-ray Disc players slated for spring release, including the company’s first 3D-ready model.
All three models include broadband connections and support BD-Live functionality, as well as up to 1080p/ 24 fps playback of Blu-ray titles and 1080p up-conversion for standard DVDs.
Other common features include support for MP3 playback, HD-JPEGs, WMA files and AVCHD for home movies. Models are highlighted by the BDX3000 (pricing to be announced), which offers Blu-ray 3D capability, a new cosmetic design and a wide range of added features, Toshiba said.
The BDX2500 ($199 suggested retail) is a “wireless ready” model, which will enable use of an optional Toshiba USB wireless dongle for connection to a home wireless network.
The BDX2700 ($249) offers the same basic feature package as the 2500, plus built-in wireless connectivity.
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