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Samsung adds Lovefilm streaming to UK Blu-ray players

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on January 31st, 2011

Europe may not have Netflix, but they have an equivalent called Lovefilm. You might remember that Amazon recently bought the company. Well, now Lovefilm is in the news once again.

Samsung has announced its intententions to include Lovefilm movie streaming as an app on all of its Blu-ray players in the UK. This will enhance both the subscription service’s profile and its own ability to providing the user with multifunctional, “smart” technology. If others start including Lovefilm on their devices, Amazon just may end up owning UK TV screens at some point.

Pioneer ships 3D Blu-ray players with iOS app support

Posted in Pioneer by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2010

Pioneer’s latest range of 3D Blu-ray players will now feature iOS support. These include the BDP-430, Elite BDP-41FD and BDP-43FD. Another shared function would be HDMI 1.4a connectivity for stereoscopic 3D capability along with 36-bit color support. For this the source and the TV need to support it. You also get Pioneer’s iControlAV iOS app which is available for free in the App Store, letting iPhone and iPod users control their player over a local network.

All three models will support a continuous mode which remembers where the movie stopped, so you can play it from that position. Using the Ethernet jack, you can also access Netflix, Pandora and YouTube without a computer.

HueTV Series is colorful, has built-in Blu-ray Players and DVRs

Posted in HDTV by Conner Flynn on October 19th, 2010

Something unusual is afoot in the TV market. BPO has just announced a series of LED TV’s called the HueTV. The one that stands out from the new collection is the HueTV LX series, which packs in a built-in DVR running on a 32GB Flash drive, along with a built-in Blu-ray player.

The TV also comes in your choice of 8 colors: red, yellow, blue, navy, sliver, yellow, black, burgundy and forest green. That’s right, these new sets are loud with color. You also get a touchscreen remote. The 1080p TVs include screen sizes 32″,42″, 47″ , and 55″ and feature PC Inputs, USB Ports, a Media Card Slot, HDMI Inputs, DVI Inputs, S-Video Inputs, and Component Video Inputs.

Sharp BD-HP80U and BD-HP90U Network 3D Blu-ray Players

Posted in Sharp by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2010

Sharp has introduced two new 3D network Blu-ray players with full HD 3D 1080p/24 fps video output. The Sharp BD-HP90U and BD-HP80U. Both players provide you with access to content from a wide variety of sources like Netflix, VUDU and Pandora via Wireless LAN.

The Sharp BD-HP90U and BD-HP80U also play standard-definition DVDs and CDs, as well as DIVX HD, JPEG and MP3 files. The Sharp BD-HP90U and BD-HP80U will be available later this month for $499.99 and $429.99.

Panasonic adds Netflix streaming to VIERA Cast 2010 HDTVs & Blu-ray players

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on September 10th, 2010

Even though we can already stream Netflix to our home theater in countless ways, if you have a 2010 Panasonic HDTV or Blu-ray player, you can now join in on the fun. The video streaming widget was originally promised way back at CES and now shows up in a software update.

Just hit up the VIERA Cast menu next to existing tools like Amazon VOD, Skype and Pandora. So now everyone can officially access Netflix on one device or another.

Pioneer unveils Web-enabled Blu-ray Players

Posted in Pioneer by Conner Flynn on July 16th, 2010

Pioneer has loaded its Blu-ray players with some pretty nice features, especially the BDP-330 and BDP-LX53 players. These players can play YouTube videos and RSS feeds, since they are internet connected thanks to the onboard Ethernet port, or optional Wi-Fi USB dongle.

These players can also decode high-resolution Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound and are BD-Live-ready. They support the iControlAV app, which lets your iPhone and iPod touch control them.

LG finally ready for 3D

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on July 12th, 2010

LG is finally preparing to make a really big push into the 3D market as it has started to offer its first Blu-ray 3D players and 3D TVs, and even putting both together into 3D bundles. They recently rolled out the Infinia LX6500 47″ LED TV along with the LX9500 55″ LED TV, which are its first 3D-ready TVs.

To compliment these new TVs, LG is rolling out its first Blu-ray player that can handle Blu-ray 3D movies. The 3D active shutter glasses will cost extra. LG will even give a $100 discount if you pick up a 3D TV, 3D Blu-ray player and two pairs of activate shutter glasses. Not that that helps much.

Philips Blu-ray players to come with Blockbuster On Demand

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2010

Philips Blu-ray players will now be shipping with BLOCKBUSTER On Demand, offering another way for Blockbuster to offer consumers instant access to the latest movies. It will work with the Philips 5320 and 7320 Blu-ray models.

They are a little late to the party on this one and we don’t see them knocking Netflix down anytime soon. Most of us already have a PS3, after all. But if this catches your movie viewing fancy, the On Demand service offers comprehensive on-screen search and browsing capabilities, as well as full details, ratings, trailers and additional information concerning each movie.

Pioneer outs iPhone remote controllable Blu-ray players

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2010

Why do we need remotes for anything anymore, since many of us already have iPhones? Pioneer has just added two new Blu-ray players due in May that feature iControlAVR app support built in. Both the BDP-330 and the higher end BDP-LX53 sport the Precision Quartz Lock System with the addition of YouTube streaming and RSS feeds.

Taking advantage of the Apple tie-ins will require you to hook up to the network and a WiFi dongle is extra of course. But if you like to use your iPhone to it’s true potential, then check these out.

Panasonic adds Amazon VOD to Blu-ray players

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on August 4th, 2009

panasonicPanasonic is making a lot of people happy today. This morning it gave all of its Viera Cast Blu-ray players support for Amazon’s Video On Demand service. The feature lets the company’s more advanced disc readers from 2009, stream purchases and rentals directly from the reader without needing storage for a complete copy. You don’t need a matching Panasonic TV and it supports HD with a fast connection.

An update to add Amazon’s service should be available for free today and will go well with existing support for Picasa photos, YouTube videos and the other services already available on the Blu-ray players.

Sony launches two new next-gen Blu-rays

Posted in Blu-ray by Darrin Olson on February 26th, 2008

Sony BDP-S550 and BDP S350 Blu-ray playersNow that the high-def format war has come to an end Sony is rolling out a couple of new Blu-ray players equipped with the latest and greatest features. The BDP-S550 and BDP-S350 look virtually identical but differ only in some of the internal extras.

Both players come with picture-in-picture which Sony is calling “BonusView”, and have BD-Live through an Ethernet port allowing the players to get firmware updates and interactive content through the intertubes. The BDP-S350 is BD-Live “ready” while the BDP-S550 ships with the feature already capable. One of the other few differences between the two is that the BDP-S550 comes with 1GB of internal storage while the other doesn’t, but both have a USB connection for additional external storage.