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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.

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Blu-ray home cinema system review: Samsung HT-C6200 2.1

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Home cinema systems are increasing in popularity, and when they include a Blu-ray Disc player, the experience couldn’t be better. One of the latest to come onto the market is the Samsung HT-C6200 2.1 Blu-ray home cinema system and Pocket-Lint’s review highlights its key benefits.

Priced at £400, this system is good value for money, coming with a Blu-ray Disc player, two speakers, a subwoofer and Wi-Fi. Online content from YouTube, Lovefilm, Twitter, Picasa, Facebook, Google Maps, USA Today, Rovi TV and Getty Images can be streamed to the system via the Wi-Fi connection.

In addition to Blu-ray, the system supports DivX, DivX HD, MPEG2, MP4 and AVC HD files. There is also a slot for attaching a Samsung iPod dock.

For more details, Pocket-Lint’s full review can be read here.

Blu-ray movies on the go with Samsung’s first portable Blu-ray 3D Player

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Samsung portable 3D Blu-ray playerSamsung has announced its first portable Blu-ray 3D Player, which allows you to watch your favourite Blu-ray Discs on the move, or 3D movies when connected to a 3D TV.

The BD-C8000 has built in Wi-Fi, a 10.3-inch screen and a three hour battery life.  Priced at $499, it is available now in the US.

A European release date hasn’t been confirmed, but for more details on the player, Gadget Blog has the details.

Three Samsung 3D Blu-ray Players announced

BDC6800 Samsung Blu-ray Player
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Samsung has added three 3D-enabled Blu-ray players to accompany its existing BD-C6900 model.

Features on the new models include built-in Wi-fi and support for Samsung Apps, which is a streaming media platform for services such as Twitter and YouTube.  Furthermore, both the BD-C5900 and BD-C6800 are accessibly priced, making these welcome additions to the line. The high-end BD-C700 model also includes dual HDMI outputs, which technology blog CNet says “make it easier to use the player with an older HDMI-compatible receiver.”

The find out more, read CNet’s 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.

BVA capitalises on HD World Cup fever with UK Blu-ray bundle

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The British Video Association (BVA) has announced a partnership between Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Warner Home Video and Samsung that will see a promotional Blu-ray bundle hit UK stores ahead of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

With this year’s tournament the first to be televised in high definition, retailers are expecting a boost in demand for new HDTVs. The new bundle includes six blockbuster movies for all the family on Blu-ray Disc and a Blu-ray player, allowing consumers to kick start their collection at a fraction of the normal cost.

Blu-ray titles included in the bundle are Mamma Mia! and Bruno from Universal Pictures, Up and Toy Story from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment UK, and Sweeny Todd and 300 from Warner Home Video. The bundle is available with three Samsung BD players: the BD-C5300, BD-C8200 and BD-C8500. The latter two both include Hard Disk Drives and free-to-air HD TV compatible digital tuners.

For more details, head over to the BVA for the full announcement.

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.


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