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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

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.

Sony introduces next generation Blu-ray rewritable drives

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Always keen to remain at the forefront of Blu-ray Disc technology, Sony has raised the bar once again, this time introducing its next-generation half-height internal Blu-ray Disc (BD) rewritable drives – which will allow playback of 3D Blu-ray disc movies.

Sony Optiarc America revealed that the new drives have a 12x recording speed for single BD-R content and 8x for dual-layer, which will be available in a retail and OEM configuration.

The drives launched on November 4th in the US; we’ll keep you posted as to when we’re likely to see them in the UK.

Check out the full story here.

Sony confirms date for PS3 Blu-ray 3D support

[tweetmeme source= “blurayreporter” only_single=false]Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 3 firmware update that will enable playback of Blu-ray 3D Discs will be available to download for free on Tuesday 21st September.

The announcement was made at the Tokyo Game Show, one of the biggest events in the videogame calendar. With sales of 3D TVs expected to increase during the Christmas period, the announcement makes great reading for PS3 owners eager to experience high definition films in 3D. To get the upgrade next week, PS3 owners just need to select ‘System Update’ from the main menu.

For more details, visit the official PlayStation blog.

IFA 2010 in pictures

We’ve been visting the booths at IFA over the last couple of days and wanted to share some images of the biggest and best.

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IFA 2010 round-up: Sony

Yesterday, Sony held its press conference at IFA 2010. Sony CEO, Howard Stringer, made several announcements in his keynote speech, and as expected 3D was the main focus –  with the entire press conference being filmed in 3D. Here’s a lowdown of some of the news: 
Sony showcases prototype 3D Vaio Laptops
The 3D Vaio Laptop prototypes on show at IFA (although not on-sale until at least 2011) boasted fast-response LCD screens displaying up to 240fps which give greater 3D quality. The 3D laptops will have full HD resolution and use the frame-sequential 3D display method to deliver full HD images to each eye via active shutter glasses.
Which has the full story and a video demonstration.
PS3 3D will be available in October
Sony also announced that PS3 will be getting the ability to play 3D Blu-ray discs by the end of October, a little later than the original September timeframe. Although no official date was given, PS3 owners will no doubt be excited by the news. Pocket-Lint has more details.
3D projectors offer the ultimate home cinema experience
Sony announced the VPL-VW90ES , a 3D home projector for the ultimate movie fan. The projectors, which work with Sony’s active glasses technology (found in the Bravia television range) offer Full HD 1080p 3D projection, and handle 2D to 3D conversion. Gizmodo has a closer look. 

Obsessed with Film delivers 5-star Blu-ray verdict

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Sony-BDP-S560 Blu-ray PlayerThe Blu-ray Disc format received further validation this week when popular UK film blog Obsessed with Film awarded the Sony BDP-S560 BD player a whopping 5 stars.

The review goes into extensive detail, covering the installation process, visual quality, sound quality and overall performance.  Highlights include quick installation, ultra sharp visuals and crystal-clear sound.

Commenting on the video quality on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, reviewer Matt Holmes said: “Stunning! There is no other word for it.”  The player’s audio was also praised, with Matt Damon’s Green Zone BD delivering a “frenetic war experience.”

To read more, click here to see the full review.


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