Sony – At the CES 2011 show, Sony revealed four new 3D Blu-ray Players for the up-coming year. Affirming that the 3D Home Entertainment trend is still being supported by all the big electronic manufacturers. The BDP-S780, the BDP-S580, the BDP-S480 and for the first time a new portable player, the BDP-SX1000, will all be 3D capable. The only exception is the BDP-S380; this entry-level player will not have any 3D support.
All new players will be able to handle BD-Live content, USB Playback, DVDs, CDs and SACD. And you will be able to download a free app that will allow them to be control using an iPhone, iPod touch or Android mobile device. This is a very convenient app that provides you with basic remote control functions, a full QWERTY keyboard, as well as data on the movies you are viewing on YouTube and other BRAVIA Internet Video Services. Which can be found on all of Sony’s new players. Providing access to a wide range of internet services and sites. Bringing you movies, videos, photos, social networking and music from Netflix, HuluPlus, YouTube, Amazon Video on Demand, Pandora, Crackle, Slacker Internet Radio, Blip.tv and more. Plus Sony’s Video On Demand and Music Unlimited.
The BDP-S780 player is Sony’s flagship model. With a price listing of $249.99, it is the most expensive player. (Pricing for the portable BDP-SX1000 is yet unknown but estimated to be around $300) It is packed full of features such as built-in W-i-Fi (802.11n) 2D to 3D conversion and integrated Skype. It is also equipped with Precision Cinema HD Up-scaling technologies and IP Content Noise Reduction technology which improves web and standard definition quality.
The other models, the BDP-S580, BDP-S480 and the BDP-S380 round out this years Sony line-up. The BDP-S580 is the only one that has built-in Wi-Fi, the other two are Wi-Fi ‘Ready’; meaning a USB LAN Adapter is required. The BDP-S580 and BDP-S480 are also DLNA capable. The final player for 2011 is the BDP-SX1000. This will be a 10.1 inch screen portable player with a WSVGA native resolution, USB port and a 5 hour battery life.
Panasonic – The new Blu-ray Players from Panasonic also features 3D capable players in their line-up. The DMP-BDT310, DMP-BDT210 and DMP-BDT110 are all 3D players, the entry-level DMP-BD75 is the only one without this feature. The DMP-BDT310 and DMP-BDT210 is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi, the DMP-BD110 is Wi-Fi ‘Ready’ and the DMP-BD75 only has an Ethernet connection.
Another feature that separates the DMP-BDT310 and DMP-BDT210 from the others is the ability to download the free app to convert your iPhone into a remote control. All players have access to VIERA Cast which provides a host of online services, including streaming movies and Skype. The DMP-BDT310, DMP-BDT210 and DMP-BDT110 models have access to Skype for video calling as well as Incoming Ring-tones, Auto Answering Video Message and Video Mail Recording.
Besides adding the Skype feature, Panasonic has made a conscious effect to integrate new technologies and features into their new 2011 line-up. Such as 2D-3D conversion, 3D Effect Controller, Touch-Free Sensor (you can open the disc tray with a wave of your hand), ultra-fast booting and a new stylish interface. It all adds up the a very exciting blu-ray line-up.