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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.

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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

3D Blu-ray Players invade CES

3D has been the story of this year’s CES, currently taking place in Las Vegas. Following last month’s announcement of the Blu-ray 3D specification, several manufacturers have taken the opportunity to show off their first 3D Blu-ray Disc players.

Sony’s new range includes the 3D enabled BDP-S770. The new range has been designed to grab the attention before they are even switched on, using a minimalist ‘Monolithic’ design concept that extends across Sony’s other homes entertainment products to be launched this year. Other new features in the range include BRAVIA Internet Video, which allows the players to access online video content from sites such as YouTube. In a separate announcement, Sony confirmed that all PS3s will become 3D enabled through a forthcoming firmware update. Pocket-Lint has further information on Sony’s news here.

New BDA member Toshiba revealed three new players, with the flagship BDX3000 providing 3D support. All three players have Ethernet and USB ports and BD Live access, as well as online access to additional content services like Netflix, VUDU, Cinema Now and Pandora. Pocket-Lint has a full report here.

Samsung’s 3D player, the BD-C6900, also made its debut. It carries support for Samsung Apps and the company’s Internet@TV service, which will provide content from services like Netflix, Pandora, Vudu, Blockbuster, Picasa, and Twitter, with many more to be announced later in the year. CNet has more details here.

Panasonic meanwhile is building 3D into a whole array of new devices and services, including camcorders and dedicated TV channels. It’s 3D Blu-ray player, the PP-BDT350, was launched with the aid of Avatar producer Jon Landau, who spoke at length on the potential of 3D entertainment in the home. More details from CNet can be found here.

LG announced plans to release a 3D player later in the year, but gave no further details. It did however show off the BD 590, a BD player with a huge 250Gb hard drive to store content on. TechDigest has a full report on the LG press conference here.

Stay tuned for further information on 3D players over the coming months.


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