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Toshiba Ships Blu-ray Decks That Allow Online Content

6/07/2010 12:01:00 AM Eastern
WAYNE, N.J. — Toshiba is now shipping two Blu-ray players that allow access to online streaming content.

Both BDX2500 and BDX2700 Blu-ray Disc players began shipping last week and allow access to online streaming content from Netflix, Blockbuster On Demand, Vudu and Pandora Internet Radio, using either a wired Ethernet or Wi-Fi. The BDX2500 ($179 suggested retail) requires an optional adapter, and the BDX2700 ($249) includes built-in Wi-Fi capability.

Both players playback HD images in up to FullHD 1080p/24 fps resolution, built-in decoding of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio Essential via analog 7.1-channel audio outputs (or HDMI passthrough), and DVD up-conversion.

Both players also up convert standard DVDs to 1080p resolution and can play home videos, photos, and music from a connected USB or SD/SDHC card.

“The idea of home entertainment now goes beyond being able to watch crisp, high-definition video,” said Jodi Sally, marketing VP, digital A/V group. “With the BDX2500 and BDX2700, we are providing consumers an extreme entertainment experience by offering the ability to stream music and video from a multitude of choices.”

Other features include built-in Bonus View and BD-Live extra content access and have built-in decoding for advanced audio formats, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio/ Essential via analog 7.1-channel audio outputs or passthrough via an HDMI interface for outboard decoding.

The players’ HDMI connection is HDMICEC compatible, which lets users control both the Blu-ray player and most connected HDTVs with just one remote.
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