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Philips unveils new Blu-ray players

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Philips has showcased its latest range of Blu-ray players – the ‘7000’, ‘5000’ and ‘3000’ series players, alongside a new portable model.

The ‘7000’ and ‘5000’ series models are both 3D ready, with the 7000 also offering upscaling thanks to Philips’ ‘Cinema Perfect HD engine’. The ‘3000’ series is designed as an entry-level player. For those on the move, the portable option (pictured) accommodates a 1080p, 9 inch 16:9 LCD screen, perfect for delivering the full Blu-ray experience.

The ‘7000’ and ‘5000’ series systems also both feature the new ‘Philips Smart TV’ technology, which enables users to stream content from their smart phones, laptops or tablets and also access the internet via the unit.

For more info visit Techradar.

German Blu-ray boom set to continue in 2011

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2010 was a great year for German Blu-ray fans.

TV broadcasters switched to HD, the 3D home theatre revolution began, and Blu-ray Discs continued to surge forward, with new figures showing that 12 million Blu-ray Discs were sold last year – almost double the previous year’s figure.

The country is certainly embracing the advances in 3D home theatre too. German consumers bought 178,000 3D TVs from summer 2010 until the end of the year. This year that is set to increase as movies like Pirates of the Caribbean IV, Animals United and Gulliver’s Travels all make their Blu-ray 3D debut.

EITO (the European Information Technology Observatory) expects a record 9.8 million HD flat screen TVs to be sold in Germany this year, with many expected to opt for a 3D ready model when upgrading from their old set. 3D Blu-ray player sales are also set to grow. Last year half of the players were 3D-ready and this year that figure has already risen to 80%.

For more information on the German market, visit www.bluraydisc.de.

Panasonic unveils 3D Blu-ray recorder

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Panasonic recently revealed their brand new 3D Blu-ray recorder – the DMR-BWT700.

Jam packed with specs for high quality recording and playback it has a twin HD digital terrestrial tuner allowing you to record digital broadcasts in full HD, and record two digital broadcasts at the same time.

It also has support for DLNA, and if you don’t yet have a collection of 3D Blu-rays then you might be interested to know the player can also convert 2D content (BD, DVD, and TV broadcasts) into 3D providing you have the TV and glasses to match.

Electric Pig has more info on the DMR-BWT700 here.

Denon announces Blu-ray player

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Denon has revealed details of its latest Blu-ray player – the DBP-2012UD.

Synonymous with quality, Denon pitches the player as part of their ‘mid range’, but it does seem more reminiscent of a high end machine.

The 2012UD uses the same structural and electrical design as the higher priced DBP-4010UD and DVD-A1UD models and offers “outstanding sound and picture quality plus maximum connectivity”.

It has DLNA compatibility on board, USB input ports (for formats including MP3, WMA and DivX) and can playback DVDs and CDs, as well as 3D Blu-rays.

The model has separate audio and video circuits, “to achieve superior audio and video quality”, and has Anchor Bay Technologies VRS, a high-bit video processor that plays Blu-rays “to perfection”.

Priced at £749.99, the Denon DBP-2012UD will be available, in black or silver, from March.

For more information on this player please check out Pocket-lint’s article here.

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.

Hollywood’s directors get together to talk about Blu-ray

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At a special directors’ panel held at the 20th Century Fox booth during the recent CES conference, award-winning directors Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!, Romeo & Juliet) Michael Mann (Miami Vice; The Last of the Mohicans) and Oliver Stone (JFK; Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) shared their views on the strengths of the Blu-ray format and its importance to the filmmaking process.

Check out the video below, we hope you enjoy it…

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.

Blu-ray Players named ‘Top Gadget’ for Christmas 2010

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The Gadget Show’s Jon Bentley has named Blu-ray players as his top gadget for Christmas 2010. Teaming up with the British Video Association (BVA), Jon hopes to help shoppers avoid any chance of a festive faux-pas by selecting the hottest gadget hits and misses for 2010.

On a mission to help consumers choose great gifts, the BVA asked 2,000 Brits what topped their most unwanted list. A little unorthodox you might think, but with more than a third of us (34%) set to buy loved ones a gadget this year, surely its advice worth listening to?

Electric shavers, Foot spas, Coffee Machines and Candy-Floss makers were revealed as some of the offerings most despised. Jon’s gadget shopping advice, “Purchase something that’s likely to be satisfying rather than just a gimmick, such as a console that enables you to play Blu-ray Discs and DVDs as well as games or an internet-enabled mobile phone.”

Simon Heller, a spokesman for the BVA, said: “Many of the gadget gaffs cited in our study are gifts that have a lot of novelty appeal, but perhaps a limited shelf life. A Candy-Floss maker is great for beating those Boxing Day blues, but a games console or 3D Blu-ray player are future-proof. They’re gifts you’ll go back to all year round.”

For more information and to view all Jon’s choices visit: Bva.org

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.

IFA 2010 round-up: Panasonic

Panasonic’s press conference and booth revealed a wide array of new 3D technology for the home, including 3D camcorders and a streaming service which will deliver 3D content directly to TVs. The company’s Blu-ray Disc highlights included:
Panasonic’s first 3D Blu-ray players
The DMP-BT100 and DMP-BT300 are Panasonic’s first foray into the world of Blu-ray 3D. Both players support Panasonic’s Viera Cast internet service, which delivers video content from the internet directly onto the TV screen.
Blu-ray recorders and PVRs
Panasonic also unveiled a range of Blu-ray devices that can record televised content from terrestrial or satellite broadcasts onto a hard drive or onto a Blu-ray Disc. The recorders feature twin tuners to allow recording of two channels simulatneously, and come with either 250GB or 500GB hard drives.
Blu-ray home cinema systems
Finally, the company also announced two new 5.1 channel full HD 3D Blu-ray home cinema systems, and a new Blu-ray soundbar. 
For more details on the above, visit Which and Pocket-Lint.

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