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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.

IFA 2010 round-up: LG

LG IFA booth

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LG showcased a range of exciting 3D devices at IFA this year, from TVs to home cinema entertainment systems, including a prototype 180-inch 3D plasma screen. Below are the Blu-ray related highlights:

 

The world’s first THX 3D certified plasma

The PX990 is the first 3DTV to receive THX 3D certification, the ultimate recognition for cinema-quality presentation. The PX990 boasts active 3D technology and has full HD resolution. It also has the capability to convert 2D content into 3D. This will be available from October in both 50 and 60 inch models.

31-inch 3D OLED TV

Showcased as a prototype at IFA, this TV is wafer thin at just 2.9mm. And, with OLED technology, the TV boasts brilliant colour, with 600hz picture processing and full HD 1080p resolution.

BD players/ Home Cinema Systems

LG also launched two new 3D home cinema systems – the HLX55W and the HX995TZ to complement their first 3D compatible Blu-ray player, the BX580.

For more on all the above, visit the official LG blog.

Europe gears up for Blu-ray 3D as first 3DTVs go on sale

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3D technology made its long-awaited first foray into consumers’ homes this week as the first 3D enabled TVs and Blu-ray 3D players went on sale in the UK.

Samsung was the first to have its technology in stores, with the 40-inch UE40-C7000 TV and BD-C6900 Blu-ray 3D player available from selected retailers and also online. Panasonic, Sony, LG and others are all expected to follow suit over the coming weeks and months.

Monsters Vs Aliens was the first 3D Blu-ray Disc available to consumers, with Samsung bundling it with each pair of its active shutter glasses.

Watch this space for further information on Blu-ray 3D launches in the coming months.

LG confirms 3D plans for the UK

LG has confirmed that it plans to launch a range of 3D TVs and a 3D Blu-ray Disc player in the UK this May.


The LG BX580 Blu-ray Disc player will ship with full support for Blu-ray 3D, while also remaining backwards compatible with 2D BDs and DVDs. The player also includes Wi-Fi support, enabling it to access web based content from sites such as YouTube. DNLA support, playback of content from an external hard drive and a USB connection complete the package.

The BX580 will hit the market at the same time as the LX9900 3D TV, which will be available in both 47” and 55” screen sizes.

For more information, visit the official LG blog.

LG launches Blu-ray Home Cinema System

Tech Watch has taken a look at the LG HB354BS, a 2.1 channel system designed for those just starting to put together a home cinema set-up.

With a Blu-ray Disc player, iPod dock, MP3 player and a media streamer all included, the LG HB354BS packs many features into a relatively small package. To complement the Blu-ray player, two HDMI inputs ensure other high definition content can be viewed, while an Ethernet socket means that interactive features and online BD-Live content can also be easily accessed.

The speakers also promise to pack a punch with a subwoofer in tow. There’s also two digital audio inputs (one optical and one coaxial) and regular analogue stereo RCA jacks.

For more information on the system, click here.

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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