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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.

Blu-ray 3D player review: Sony BDP-S470

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At IFA this year, 3D was a stand out theme, as the world’s largest home entertainment manufacturers showcased a variety of 3D products, from TVs and projectors to laptops and Blu-ray Disc players.

A 3D Blu-ray player already on the market is Sony’s BDP-S470, which represents great value at just £180. CNet UK has recently reviewed this model, awarding it an impressive 4.5/5.

A slim compact machine, CNet says the BDP-S470 is ‘visually appealing’ but not at the expense of the outputs provided.  The picture quality is also commended, with the reviewer stating that he ‘thoroughly loved the picture this player produced.’

As for its internet connectivity, it is deemed, ‘just right’, providing UK users with access to BBC iPlayer, Demand Five and Love Film through the Bravia Internet Video service.

To read CNet UK’s full review of the Sony BDP-S470, click here.

IFA 2010 round-up: Sharp

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It comes as no surprise that 3D Blu-ray players were appearing left, right and centre at this year’s IFA conference but we wanted to draw your attention to one of the prettiest we’ve seen yet. Sharp’s BD-HP90S is slim, glossy and can stand up straight or lie just as comfortably on its side.

Due on sale in November 2010, the Sharp BD-HP90S produces 3D and 2D Blu-ray pictures, as well as packing in Wi-Fi to grab BD-Live content from the web without any wires.

There’s a USB socket up front too, alongside LED indicators to tell you it’s pumping out pictures in glorious 3D, or in the Aquos “Pure Mode” for enhanced images.

Electric Pig has the full story here

Blu-ray Disc Association to attend this year’s IFA conference in Berlin

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Next week the annual IFA conference will take place in Berlin. IFA is the world’s leading business event for consumer electronics and home appliances products and this year it will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Attracting industry representatives from all over the world, this trade event serves as a global information and business platform, and as you might expect, Victor Matsuda and Graham Heaton from the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) will be there. There are no formal announcements planned, but if you have any questions for Victor or Graham let us know.

We’ll also be reporting news from the conference as it happens to keep you up to speed on all the latest Blu-ray and IFA news. For more details on the IFA exhibition, please click here.

Toshiba reveals first Blu-ray Disc Player

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Only a few weeks after announcing its support for the Blu-ray Disc format, Toshiba has revealed its first standalone BD player.

The BDX2000 provides Full HD 1080p digital output, BD-Live support (via Ethernet connection), AVCHD Playback and support for Dolby True HD and DTS-HD audio formats.

The BDX2000 is expected to be available in November. You can read the press release here.

Medion includes Blu-ray in new all-in-one PC

At this year’s IFA, Medion showed off The Touch, an all-in-one device that includes PC, Blu-ray Disc player, TV, audio system and 24-inch multi-touch screen.

Pocket-Lint reports that The Touch (or Medion X9613) contains an Intel CoreTM2 Quad processor Q9000, NVIDIA GeForce GT240M graphics card, a 1TB hard drive capacity and 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, alongside Dolby Home Theater V3-certified sound, a subwoofer, radio remote control, wireless keyboard and a two-megapixel webcam.

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New BD players from LG

LG demonstrated several new BD players at IFA, including the BD390, its first Blu-ray player with advanced DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) and integrated Wi-Fi, and the HLB54S, a super slim Blu-ray Soundbar with wireless subwoofer.

The BD390’s Wi-Fi and DLNA technology means that it can access shared media, such as home movies or music, from other connected devices, and its built-in 1GB memory allows easy and smooth running of this personalised BD-Live content. The full press release can be read here.

Meanwhile the HLB54S Soundbar also includes Wi-Fi and DNLA, but also features audio technology developed in conjunction with audio expert Mr Mark Levinson to deliver superior quality sound. The player boasts 430W of sound through the integrated speaker and wireless subwoofer, as well as a dock for iPods or iPhones. The full press release can be read here.

The BD390 should be available later this month, with the HLB54S following in November.

Fujitsu adds Blu-ray to new ESPRIMO mini PC

Blu-ray news from IFA continues with the announcement of Fujitsu’s ESPRIMO Q1500, a new, powerful and exclusively designed mini PC suitable for the living room or office.

The fully-equipped PC stands only five centimetres tall but packs in a Blu-ray Disc reader, 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 processor, a 320GB Western Digital hard disk and 4GB of DDR2 RAM. It also includes an HDMI output for connecting to a television.

Niels Keunecke, Senior Director PCs & Displays at Fujitsu Technology Solutions, said:

“The Fujitsu ESPRIMO Q1500 is a very attractive mini PC for our customers. It combines state-of-the-art technology with an exclusive design. Thus, the ESPRIMO Q1500 is an excellent choice for lifestyle-oriented users looking for a powerful device processing their multimedia applications. We did not compromise on the environmental sustainability of these products and optimized their energy efficiency. As a consequence, the ESPRIMO Q1500 is one of the most energy-efficient products in our portfolio saving the environment and your money.”

More details on the Q1500 can be found here.

CyberLink releases PowerDirector8

CyberLink has launched the latest edition of its PowerDirector software, promising the “perfect balance between easy consumer-level usability and powerful pro-like technology.”

The PowerDirector 8 package includes the ability to author HD or upscaled SD content to Blu-ray Discs.


The full press release can be read at the CyberLink website, and a copy of the datasheet here.

msm-studios launches CopyToGo for Pure Audio BDs

Munich-based msm-studios has announced CopyToGo for Pure Audio BDs, a new service that will allow users to enjoy BD audio on other devices.

The press release states:

In addition to unparalleled audio quality and maximum ease of use Pure Audio Blu-rays can be equipped from now on with “CopyToGo” technology. This means that the user can copy the songs of the Pure Audio Blu-ray from Blu-ray Players (profile 2.0) via network connection directly on  his  computer – all you need is an internet browser. The content on the Blu-ray can be provided in any format. The user therefore can listen to the music apart from using a Blu-ray player, and can even burn a CD or copy on an iPod/MP3 player.

Stefan Bock, managing director of msm-studios, is convinced that this innovation makes Pure Audio Blu-rays even more attractive: “With CopyToGo we provide all possibilities to enjoy music content from Blu-ray in any format. Perfect listening experience of Pure Audio Blu-ray in studio quality at home, MP3 on the road on your iPod/MP3 player, or CD quality in the car. CopyToGo provides always and everywhere the perfect format.”


For more details, visit the msm-studios website.

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