Pioneer Confirms BDP-51FD and Elite BDP-05FD Profile 1.1 Blu-ray…

When the other Blu-ray heavies Sony, Panasonic and Samsung are in various stages of introducing Ethernet-equipped BD-Live players (aka BD Profile 2.0), Pioneer comes out with two players, the $600 BDP-51FD and the $800 Elite BDP-05FD, that meet just the 1.1 spec, for picture-in-picture BonusView content. We heard… » 5/07/08 9:00am 5/07/08 9:00am

First Blu-ray BD Profile 1.1 Review (Verdict: Is That All?)

Click to viewThe Players: Panasonic DMP-BD30 ($500) and Sony PlayStation 3 with 2.1 firmware ($400 to $500)

The Movies: Fox's Sunshine and Sony Pictures' Resident Evil: Extinction

The Challenge: To find out what's so special about Blu-ray's BD Profile 1.1, also known as Full Standard Profile or just simply… » 1/04/08 1:00am 1/04/08 1:00am

PS3 Getting Blu-ray 1.1 Profile Update This Month

One of the biggest complaints about Blu-ray is that not everyone supports the same "BD Profile," which means not every player has the same capabilities. Don Eklund, EVP of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, promised an update for the PS3, which is the most popular Blu-ray player by far, that will allow the player to… » 12/07/07 3:20pm 12/07/07 3:20pm

Panasonic's DMP-BD30 Is the $500 Next-Gen Blu-ray Player To Beat

Last week Samsung told us its hybrid BD-UP5000 Duo would be the very first next-gen Blu-ray player. Today, Panasonic rolls out theirs, with plans to deliver even faster. The $500 DMP-BD30 will meet the requirements of BD Profile 1.1, also known as "Final Standard Profile." This will be the only next-gen Blu-ray player… » 10/30/07 4:00pm 10/30/07 4:00pm

Samsung's Already Awesome HD Disc Hybrid BD-UP5000 Upgraded to Profile…

Click to viewSamsung's HD disc player was going to be the first to do both HD DVD and Blu-ray completely right. But now, it's perfect: Samsung just sent us an alert saying the dual-format BD-UP5000 Duo HD player will come hardware-ready for BD Profile 1.1—at least 256MB of internal storage, secondary audio and video… » 10/24/07 10:57am 10/24/07 10:57am