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Panasonic shows off “world’s smallest Blu-ray recorder”

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T3 magazine has had an advance look at the Panasonic DIGA DMR-BF200, a Digital Video Recorder that integrates both a Blu-ray Disc player/recorder and a hard disk drive.

The player’s dimensions are a tiny 65 x 210 x 194mm, making it the smallest Blu-ray recorder ever seen. It will be available in either black or white, with a built in 320Gb hard drive and Ethernet port for internet services and BD-Live.

The DMR-BF200 will be released in Japan shortly, with the rest of the world to follow afterwards. For more details, visit T3.

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Sony reveals Blu-ray player with integrated Google TV

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A new Blu-ray Disc player from Sony has been shown off this week, with T3 among the first to take a look.

The stylish Sony NSZ-GT1 is the first to feature support for Google TV, the web-based content streaming service. Of course it also has all the Blu-ray features that you’d expect, plus a new QWERTY remote to make BD-Live and other internet services even easier to use.

The NSZ-GT1 is so far only announced for the US, but expect to see more of it in Europe in 2011. T3 has more details.

3D Blu-ray steals the show at Atlanta CEDIA Expo

[tweetmeme source= “blurayreporter” only_single=false]The 3D Blu-ray Disc revolution continues with leading electronics manufacturers exhibiting a range of Blu-ray players and other 3D home entertainment devices at CEDIA Expo in Atlanta.

Organised by the Customer Electronic Design and Installation Association, CEDIA Expo showcases products and services for electronic systems in the home and features exhibitions from some of the world’s leading consumer electronics giants.

Amongst the latest Blu-ray players launched were three new 3D Blu-ray players from Pioneer which will be hitting the market later this year.

No to be outdone, Samsung showed off its HT-C9950W home theatre system with 3D Blu-ray Disc player. Meanwhile Sharp Electronics not only unveiled its new range of Blu-ray players but also a 3D Blu-ray bundle partnership with Universal Studios which will see a Blu-ray 3D copy of Despicable Me bundled with every purchase of a Sharp DVD player.

“3D is the big thing this year,” said Ron Epstein with the Home Theater Forum. “Everywhere you look, everyone is looking for a way into this business.”

Home Media Magazine has more details here.

Sony confirms date for PS3 Blu-ray 3D support

[tweetmeme source= “blurayreporter” only_single=false]Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 3 firmware update that will enable playback of Blu-ray 3D Discs will be available to download for free on Tuesday 21st September.

The announcement was made at the Tokyo Game Show, one of the biggest events in the videogame calendar. With sales of 3D TVs expected to increase during the Christmas period, the announcement makes great reading for PS3 owners eager to experience high definition films in 3D. To get the upgrade next week, PS3 owners just need to select ‘System Update’ from the main menu.

For more details, visit the official PlayStation blog.

Blu-ray Group Germany announces new chairman

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Kai Uwe MarnerKai Uwe Marner has become the new chairman of the Blu-ray Group Germany, taking over from Thilo Röhrig. Röhrig, who held the role of chairman since the group’s formation in 2007, oversaw Blu-ray Disc’s success over the competing format HD DVD.

“Blu-ray has gained real fans in the home cinema sector and has become well known in general. But a lot of people still do not know about all advantages of the technology”, says Marner. “Education and information remain the central tasks of the Blu-ray Group Germany.” With home entertainment in 3D and growing professional usage of the format using BDXL, further challenges are waiting. “The standard’s constant development opens up quite new perspectives – on the market and regarding consumer education. I am looking forward to the upcoming tasks as chairman, because the technology’s potential has still not been exhausted.”

Marner answers more questions about the current market development below.

What are the current sales figures of BD software and hardware?
The consumer can now choose between over 2,000 different Blu-ray titles in Germany. In the first half of the year about five million BDs were sold in Germany (source: GfK) and at the end of 2010 we are expecting overall BD sales to hit an eight-figure number. The hardware market is developing equally well. We are expecting an increase in sales of 170 percent this year.

3D is the main topic at IFA 2010. Does 3D home entertainment have the potential to strengthen the Blu-ray market or is it just a temporary trend?  
3D home entertainment is directly connected to the Blu-ray technology. At the moment only Blu-ray Disc offers enough space to deliver 3D content in HD quality to the consumers’ living rooms. It is a revolutionary extension of the technology.

The first sales figures and surveys show a very high consumer interest. Since March already 40,000 3D TVs were sold (source: BITKOM) in Germany and we expect a six-digit sale by the end of the year. According to an up to date survey by BITKOM, a further 16 million German customers are planning to buy a 3D TV.

Prices for Blu-ray 3D players are already affordable, starting at a point less than 250 Euros. Furthermore the players are downwardly compatible, so they also playback CDs, DVDs or 2D Blu-ray Discs. Blu-ray 3D Discs also often contain a 2D version of the film and can be read by a 2D Blu-ray player too. That is why we are convinced that the 3D technology will become a long-term trend.

Which problems do you see for the Blu-ray 3D market at the moment?
The assortment of devices and content is still low, but that’s normal for any newly introduced technology. With the customers’ increasing demand the diversity will rise automatically. We are expecting a dozen 3D movies on BD in Germany by the end of the year.

Don’t you think the customers are maybe overstrained by this new innovation in the home entertainment sector?
No, I don’t think so. The success of 3D theatrical experience has helped to increase the awareness of 3D home entertainment. According to BITKOM almost one of three Germans is interested in three-dimensional movie experiences at home. Of course it is an important task of the Blu-ray Group Germany now to educate and inform the consumers about the advantages and specifics of the technology.

IFA 2010 round-up: Toshiba

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Toshiba made a big splash at this year’s IFA conference in Berlin. Not only did the Japanese electronics giant get on board with both the tablet and the 3D TV revolutions, it also found time to unleash some new cameras, a whole new bunch of TV’s and last but certainly not least, its range of Blu-ray Disc players.

The Toshiba BDX3100KB 3D Blu-ray player will hit Europe in October and will allow anyone with a 3D TV to enjoy 3D Blu-ray movies in full1080p/24fps HD resolution. If you’re not yet equipped for 3D, it has introduced an entry level Blu-ray player in the shape of the Toshiba BDX1100KB. It has the same credentials as its bigger brother, minus the 3D aspect.

Pocket Lint has the full story here.

IFA 2010 in pictures

We’ve been visting the booths at IFA over the last couple of days and wanted to share some images of the biggest and best.

Philips:

Panasonic:

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