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Panasonic Ships Blu-ray Players

3/07/2012 11:07:16 AM Eastern
Secaucus, N.J. - Panasonic Tuesday released pricing and availability details of the Blu-ray Disc players in its 2012 line.

This year's lineup features four Full HD 3D models - the DMP-BBT01 ($270 suggested retail), DMP-BDT500 ($350), DMP-BDT320 ($200), DMP-BDT220 ($150), and two Full HD 2D-only players - DMP-BD87 ($120) and the DMP-BD77 ($90).

All are available now except for the the DMP-BDT500 and the DMP-BBT01 models, which will ship in May.

All 3D models include the Viera Connect IPTV platform, while the 2D models feature a scaled-down IP VOD system that packages a targeted selection of streaming service partners including: Netflix, Vudu, CinemaNow and YouTube on TV.

The 3D players also include an improved UniPhier chip processor, 24p output for VOD, an expanded Viera Connect functionality, FLAC, 192Hz/32bit Audio DAC (not available on the DMP-BBT01), smartphone remote control capability, a new touchpad remote control (available on DMP-BBT01, DMP-BDT500, DMP-BDT320), and 2D-to-3D up-conversion, which can convert 2D images from Viera Connect, DVDs and Blu-ray discs into 3D, with natural depth perception and slim designs.

Models BBT01 and BDT320 also feature a slot-in drive that allows the user to insert a disc without the need for a tray. The DMP-BBT01 also introduces a new compact design concept with a stand that enables operation either vertically or horizontally.

 
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