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


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:

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.

IFA 2010 round-up: Philips

Yesterday Philips held its press conference at IFA 2010, and its Blu-ray players and 3D Cinema LCD HDTVs are set to wow Philips’ fans…
Philips 3D Cinema 21.9 Platinum
Cinema fans everywhere will be jumping for joy at the latest news from Philips, who yesterday announced its 3D Cinema 21.9 display. The LED backlight technology makes for an extremely pleasant viewing experience, and although the set itself is 59-inches, the design is sleek and slimline and would make a welcome addition to your living room.
T3 has the full story.
Philips releases its latest Blu-ray Disc player
Philips also revealed the latest addition to its Blu-ray player range with the introduction of the new BDP-9600 Blu-ray player. This latest addition features NetTV, allowing content from the intenet to be viewed on the big screen. Slashgear has a selection of exclusive pictures that can be found here.
For further information on all Philips news from IFA, visit their dedicated press page.

IFA 2010 round-up: Samsung

Samsung had plenty to show at IFA this year, including new laptops, notebooks and an iPad rivalling tablet PC called the Galaxy Tab. In terms of Blu-ray related announcements, these are the highlights:

BD-C8900 3D Blu-ray player

The BD-C8900, already the recipient of an EISA Award, is the first 3D Blu-ray player to include a digital video recording function. With a 500GB hard drive on board, the player will allow recording of TV programmes directly or onto a Blu-ray Disc. I4U has more details.

The world’s largest HD 3D LED TV

Samsung also showed off the LED C8000, what it calls the world’s largest HD, LED, 3D television. The perfect complement to the above BD-C9800 3D player, the 65-inch C8000 is Wi-Fi enabled and includes support for the growing Samsung Apps platform. Pocket-Lint has more details.

Obsessed with Film delivers 5-star Blu-ray verdict

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Sony-BDP-S560 Blu-ray PlayerThe Blu-ray Disc format received further validation this week when popular UK film blog Obsessed with Film awarded the Sony BDP-S560 BD player a whopping 5 stars.

The review goes into extensive detail, covering the installation process, visual quality, sound quality and overall performance.  Highlights include quick installation, ultra sharp visuals and crystal-clear sound.

Commenting on the video quality on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, reviewer Matt Holmes said: “Stunning! There is no other word for it.”  The player’s audio was also praised, with Matt Damon’s Green Zone BD delivering a “frenetic war experience.”

To read more, click here to see the full review.

Samsung reveals ‘world’s fastest’ Blu-ray Disc drive


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Samsung has announced what it calls ‘the world’s fastest’ Blu-ray Disc drive.

The SH-B123 optical disk drive (ODD) reads BD-ROMs at a speed of up to 12X, CDs at up to 48X, and DVDs at a maximum speed of 16X. With the new internal Blu-ray drive, users can watch HD movies on their PCs as well as record HD camcorder movies and HDTV broadcasting with Samsung’s Cyberlink Powerproducer software provided in the package.

“As market demand and adoption of BDs, HDTVs and digital broadcasting accelerate, so has consumer interest in watching Blu-ray movies on personal computers” said John Suh, Director of Samsung Semiconductor Inc. Optical Disc Drive Division Sales Team. “Samsung’s new BD combo drives can read BD discs, and read and write CD/DVD discs, providing consumers with a broad choice of HD movie sources on their computers.”

Samsung’s press release can be read here.

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