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Blu-ray 3D demand booms in Japan

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News from Japan this week shows just how far Blu-ray 3D has come in a relatively short space of time.

According to research from Japanese firm BCN, there are now more 3D Blu-ray players in homes across the country than non-3D players. It reports 57% of all units sold in the run up to Christmas were 3D-enabled, an enormous increase from just 6.7% in September 2010.

The UK’s love for 3D is also reported to be rising, as satellite broadcaster Sky announced it now has more than 70,000 subscribers for its 3D TV channel. It’s estimated that the end of 2010 saw some 140,000 British homes equipped with 3D TV’s, pointing to a rosy outlook for the future of the format and an exciting time for audiences who will see s range of Blu-ray 3D releases in the coming year.

Homemediamagazine and Reghardware have more information.

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CES Round-up – Part two

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Welcome back to this week’s second slot dedicated to the latest Blu-ray offerings from the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show.

Panasonic

Panasonic showcased a range of Blu-ray players this year, the pinnacle of which was an impressive 3D Blu-ray player, the DMP-BDT210, which went onto win not one but two CES awards for innovation in design and engineering. Its ground-breaking features include a 2D-to-3D up-conversion which can convert 2D images from DVDs and Blu-ray discs into 3D. For information on all the features visit Panasonic.com

Alongside this, Panasonic and Skype announced a partnership to offer Skype’s video-calling facilities on Panasonic’s new Blu-ray players.

For more information visit Lcdtv.net.

LG

LG Electronics introduced its 2011 line-up of Network Blu-ray players, and leading the way was its BD690 model. A 3D-capable player with LG SmartTV and an integrated 250-gigabyte (GB) hard drive, it promises to provide consumers with a simple-to-use interface and access to thousands of movies, customisable apps and videos at the touch of a button.

With Wi-Fi becoming less of a premium feature on Blu-ray players, LG also unveiled its BD640 and BD630 Blu-ray players, offering entry-level functions for buyers on a tighter budget.

For details of all LG’s models visit Cnet.com.

Philips

Philips announced on-demand Web content and Internet apps will be available on its 2011 Blu-ray players and home theater systems. All devices will allow access to services like Netflix, Facebook, and Twitter, and its new 3D models, the BDP7506 and BDP5506, will also feature touch-screen controls.

Philips also announced the launch of a dual screen portable Blu-ray player for those who want to enjoy BD’s from the comfort of their car. The PB9011 features two nine-inch 16:9 widescreens, 1080p playback and the ability to output to a TV when you’re not in the car.

For more info visit Pocket-lint.com.

We’ll be sure to bring you further news regarding all these new devices throughout the year so stay tuned for more details.

CES Round-up – Part one

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2011 looks set to take Blu-ray technology to new heights if the recent Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas is anything to go by. Manufacturers from across the globe gathered to unveil their latest innovations, set to hit the shelves this year.

There was a plethora of Blu-ray delights on show at the expo, so much so in fact that we couldn’t cram them all into one post! So here’s our first batch. Watch out for the rest later on this week.

Sony

Sony launched its 2011 line of Blu-ray players which featured four stand alone models. The most impressive of the range, the BDP-S780, can play 3D and 2D Blu-ray Discs, offers up-conversion from 2D to 3D and video up-scaling for other sources. Every model in the 2011 range offers internet access to over 40 services too, such as YouTube and Sony’s ‘Video on Demand’.

Sony’s first portable Blu-ray player, the BDP-SX1000, was also announced. Comprising a 10.1-inch screen the unit plays Blu-ray Discs, DVDs and USB media. A 180 degree swiveling display, five-hour rechargeable battery, built-in speakers and headphones are all sure to make any long journeys pass more easily.

For more details visit Iewy.com

Samsung

At just 28mm tall, Samsung’s BD-D7500 is the world’s slimmest 3D Blu-ray player. It may look small but the BD-D7500 offers 2D-to-3D conversion, HD up-scaling, Wi-Fi connectivity and a super fast three second start-up time.

Also a big hit was Samsung’s BD-D7000 model, named Best New Gadget in the Home Theater Category by Cnet.com for its stylish finish and fun pop-up lid. Featuring all the 3D functionality of the BD-D7500, both players look set to be a roaring success this year.

Samsung also announced plans to offer a networked Blu-ray player model to integrate Google TV. TechRadar.com has the full story and details of Samsung’s full CES line up.

Sharp

Sharp launched their range of 2011 3D Blu-ray players which included the BD-HP75U, BD-HP35U and BD-HP25U. In addition to playing 3D Blu-ray discs the line up enable consumers to take advantage of the latest surround sound formats such as Dolby TrueHD. Additionally the models play standard-definition DVDs, content stored on USB drives and MP3 files.

For full details see Ecoustics.com.

The force is strong with this one… Star Wars Saga confirmed for 2011 Blu-ray release

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Darth Vader himself took to the stage at CES this week to announce the most anticipated Blu-ray Disc release in the galaxy… the Star Wars saga.

September 2011 will see three long-awaited box-sets hit shelves: the original trilogy (Episodes IV-V), the prequel trilogy (Episodes I-III) and a mammoth nine-disc set with the entire saga. The full set will contain over 30 hours of extensive special features including never-before-seen deleted and alternate scenes.

A trailer for the Blu-ray release of Star Wars can be seen here. The full press release from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is pasted below. Expect to hear many more details later in the year – but if you really can’t wait, pre-orders are already being taken.

THE MOST ANTICIPATED BLU-RAY RELEASE IN THE GALAXY
IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR WORLDWIDE PRE-ORDER STARTING TODAY

LAS VEGAS (Jan. 6, 2011) – The most anticipated Blu-ray release ever – the Star Wars™ Saga – emerges from light speed this September 2011. For the first time, all six of George Lucas’ epic films (Episodes I-VI) are united in one complete set. Fans worldwide are able to pre-order now with online retailers.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release Star Wars in three distinct sets to meet the needs of every Star Wars fan:
– Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray (9-disc Set includes all six films)
– Star Wars: Prequel Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes I-III)
– Star Wars: Original Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes IV-VI)

STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY will feature all six live-action Star Wars feature films utilizing the highest possible picture and audio presentation, along with three additional discs and more than 30 hours of extensive special features including never-before-seen deleted and alternate scenes, an exploration of the exclusive Star Wars archives, and much more.

Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray will be available for $139.99 US/$179.99 CAN and the Star Wars: Trilogy Sets for $69.99 US/89.99 CAN. Pricing for each set will vary by international territory.

Flanked by a legion of his finest Imperial Stormtroopers, Darth Vader himself joined Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment President Mike Dunn at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to announce the release, vowing “The forces of the Empire will be at your disposal to assure the success of this endeavor.’’

“The Star Wars Saga is the most anticipated Blu-ray collection since the launch of the high-def format,” Dunn said. “The epic franchise pioneered sound and visual presentation in theaters and is perfectly suited to do it again in the home, with a viewing experience only possible with Blu-ray.”

“With all six episodes available for the first time in one collection, this is a great way for families and home audiences to experience the complete Saga from start to finish,” said Doug Yates, Vice President of Marketing, Online, Distribution, Lucasfilm Ltd. “And with the quality of high-definition, Blu-ray provides the most immersive home experience possible.”

“The Star Wars franchise has been one of the most anticipated Blu-ray releases by Amazon’s customers,” said Bill Carr, Vice President of Music and Video at Amazon. “We think that Star Wars will be incredibly popular with our customers, and we expect pre-orders to be very strong.”

Disney Unveils 2011 Blu-ray 3D Plans

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Walt Disney Studios have kicked off the new year with a colossal announcement at CES, unveiling plans to release no less than 15 titles on Blu-ray Disc 3D throughout 2011.

Amongst those destined for BD 3D debuts include two of Disney’s most celebrated classic animations, ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Beauty and The Beast’. In a move sure to please fans of the long standing best sellers, 3D menus and character introductions will be amongst a host of features exclusive to BD 3D.

Other names set for BD 3D this year include ‘Bolt’, ‘Meet The Robinsons’, ‘G-Force’, and Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’. 2010’s box-office smash, ‘Tron: Legacy’ will join the line-up too, giving audiences a chance to relive the multi dimensional arena battles from the comfort of their own living rooms.

Disney Studios Executive Lori MacPherson said, ‘As our contemporary library of 3D content continues to grow, original artists and filmmakers are meticulously ‘dimensionalizing’ their previous work for release in Blu-ray 3D format. We hope to offer movie-lovers everywhere the most incredible in-home entertainment experiences they will ever have.’

‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ and ‘Tangled’, both set for UK release later this year, are also expected to be given a touch of the BD 3D magic too.

We’ll keep you posted on any new developments and release dates so stay tuned.

Check out The HD Room for the full story.

Pioneer Introduces 128GB Blu-ray Disc Drive

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Pioneer Electronics has just unveiled its latest BDXL Blu-ray Disc Drive, the BDR-206MBK. It’s the first BDXL drive for Windows-based personal computer, giving users 128GB of storage per BDXL disc.

A Pioneer spokesman said, “BDXL more than doubles the current maximum Blu-ray disc storage capacity and is ideal for various commercial uses such as video and broadcast archiving and storage, capturing and playback of high-definition programming, or data archiving needs.”

Alongside enhanced recording accuracy and artificial noise limitations, the BDR-206MBK can read virtually all disc formats, including CD, DVD, BDXL and BD allowing for simple recording and playback. A new airtight structure also protects burning discs from warping during the writing process, and it comes bundled with Cyberlink software so it can be put to work straight out of the box.

For more details visit Information Week

Blu-ray shines in Germany

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New figures from the German division of GfK have shown that Blu-ray has had another successful year in the region.

According to Gfk, every tenth disc sold in Germany in the first half of 2010 was a Blu-ray Disc. Compared to the same period in 2009, this represents year-on-year growth of 127%.

3D home entertainment has also taken off since being the main attraction at this year’s IFA exhibition. 53,000 3DTVs were sold in Germany by the end of September, with GfK forecasting total sales of 150,000 by the end of the year. The market is expected to grow further in 2011 as more Blu-ray 3D movies become available.

“We expect to achieve double-digit million sales by the end of this year, doubling the 6.2 million BDs sold in 2009. We also expect sales of standalone BD players to be greater than one million,” said Kai Uwe Marner, chairman of the Blu-ray Group Germany. “It will be very exciting to see how the market will further grow next year, especially in regard to Blu-ray 3D.”

The German language press release can be read here.


Blu-ray Disc Reporter

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