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Panasonic’s DMP-BDT110, 3D Blu-ray Player scores high marks

Following the news of its release in January on our blog, Cnet has now reviewed Panasonic’s latest mid-range 3D Blu-ray player – the DMP-BDT110, praising its excellent picture quality and a stylish finish.

They highlight the resolution of 3D and 2D images on offer as well as the new menus and additional features:

‘We found that 3D material worked brilliantly. The BDT110 offers a few interesting 3D options, for example, you can adjust the depth of the 3D image via the player itself, allowing for a more immersive or more subdued 3D effect, as you see fit. Interestingly, Panasonic also provides an option that allows you to put an overlay around the edge of the 3D image. The idea is that it softens the transition between the 3D pictures on the screen and the harsh edge of your TV. You can choose from several colours too.’

Also credited are the new internet options including the Skype function which has been added to every model in Panasonic’s 2011 range:

‘We particularly like the drop-down front panel that hides the disc tray. You can access Panasonic’s Viera Cast online service via the player’s Ethernet or wireless connectivity. Then you can use the company’s various video-streaming apps or the brilliant Skype application. We’re really big fans of Panasonic’s Skype app and the optional USB video camera.’

So what’s the conclusion?

‘The Panasonic DMP-BDT110 is a classy machine, and well worth considering.’

High praise indeed so visit Cnet for the full review.

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.

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.

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.

Blu-ray Emmy® Winners Honoured at CES 2011

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Back in November we brought you fantastic news that the Panasonic Corporation, Royal Philips Electronics, Sony Corporation and TDK Corporation were soon to be presented with an Emmy® Award on behalf of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

The 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas hosted an exclusive ceremony and each of the aforementioned manufacturers was individually honoured with this prestigious accolade for their outstanding work on development of the Blu-ray Disc format.

‘Winning an Emmy is a real milestone,’ said Wiebo Vaartjes, General Manager of the Philips Audio Video Multimedia Business Group, who picked up the award on their behalf. ‘It’s nice to see the efforts not only of Philips, but of so many other companies who contributed to the development of the format also rewarded. All of these combined industry efforts have allowed us to offer consumers a real breakthrough in picture and sound quality.’

Development of Blu-ray Disc technology started in 1997, with the first prototypes from Panasonic, Philips and Sony being unveiled in 2000. The Blu-ray project was formally announced in 2002, and the Blu-ray Disc Association founded in 2004. Now, over six years later, over 1.4 billion Blu-ray pre-recorded discs, 188 million Blu-ray recordable/rewritable discs, 50 million Blu-ray players, 41 million PlayStation 3s and 25 million Blu-ray PC optical units have been produced.

Visit Philips.com for more information

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.

Are you turning to Blu-ray to beat the winter blues?

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Recent research by the British Video Association (BVA) has revealed that more of us prefer a night in with our technology than a night out on the town with our mates.

The online YouGov survey of more than 2000 respondents showed that half of those asked have invested in home entertainment technology for their living room in the last 2 years, with 10% of these splashing their cash on Blu-ray players.

A whopping 73% of us now spend between one and six hours a day staying in to enjoy home entertainment. Also, more than one in four of us (26%) say enjoying home entertainment is one of the most important ways we now socialise with our loved ones.

Lavinia Carey, Director General of the British Video Association, said: “Improvements in home entertainment technology over the last few years have increased the appeal of that cinema experience in our own living rooms. With the World Cup earlier this year also giving HDTV a big boost, we expect to see more people than ever staying at home to enjoy HD, 3D and Blu-ray as a way to beat the winter blues.”

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.


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