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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.

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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.

A Christmas Carol flies onto Blu-ray 3D

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For 2010’s final post we bring you news of a suitably festive Blu-ray 3D release to top off a huge year for fantastic developments in this field of technology.

Walt Disney Pictures’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ lands on BD3D just in time for the holiday season, giving audiences of all ages a chance to enjoy the brilliance of multi-dimensional storytelling.

Featuring a motion-captured Jim Carrey, this re-telling of the Dickens classic sees tight-fisted humbug Ebenezer Scrooge embark upon a magical journey of self-discovery guided by three ghostly apparitions.

Released on a Triple-disc set with BD3D, 2D BD and digital copy, viewers can expect a huge array of enchanting extras such as, ‘Bonus View: Behind the Carol’, a feature taking audiences behind the scenes of the full motion capture experience, ‘Digital Advent Calendar’, deleted scenes and ‘Scrooge’s Wild Ride’ (a BD3D exclusive).

So if you fancy celebrating the old with the new why not witness this famous Christmas story come to life in a different dimension with 3D magic for all the family to enjoy.

Visit TV.com for more details.

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.

Date announced for release of Avatar on Blu-ray 3D

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If there’s one question we are repeatedly asked, it’s ‘When will Avatar be released on Blu-ray 3D?’ Well, after much waiting we can now finally reveal the answer…

Panasonic announced last week that it will exclusively bundle the BD3D version of Avatar with its new range of 3D Viera products. Terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed, but when a wider release is confirmed we’ll let you know.

For more information, check out Pocket lint’s feature here.

Sharp launches new 3D Blu-ray Disc players

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3D movie fans will be excited to know that electronics manufacturer Sharp is due to launch two new Blu-ray Disc players with both 2D and 3D capability.

The BD-HP80U and the BD-HP90U both feature full high-definition 1080p playback as well as the usual features you would expect from a Blu-ray Disc player.

The two slick, ultra-thin devices will also include internet connectivity for interactive content, which means they can play back online content from sites such as YouTube and NetFlix.

Sharp is yet to announce UK pricing but the players are expected to launch in the US for £275 – £320.  Expertreviews.co.uk has the full story.

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.


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