Panasonic Adds Netflix To Viera Cast HDTVs and Blu-Ray Players

Panasonic has finally added Netflix, that most enjoyable and effective of time wasters, to VIERA CAST-enabled HDTVs and Blu-ray disc players. It joins Skype, Twitter, Pandora, and the other usual suspects. Fortunately (or unfortunately, if you have a lot of stuff to get done), a boatload of new movies from Paramount,… » 9/10/10 8:45am 9/10/10 8:45am

Sony's BDP-S770 Player Takes Blu-Ray Into the Third Dimension

Remember when you thought your new Sony Blu-ray player was the bees' knees? Well now Sony has a 3D Blu-ray player (and accompanying 5.1 channel speaker system). Don't worry, though, there's a 3D firmware upgrade for your old BDP. » 6/09/10 2:35pm 6/09/10 2:35pm

The Best $250 Blu-ray Players, Reviewed

I've argued that a Blu-ray player could soon be your only set-top box. These $200-$250 models, the four fullest-featured you're likely to buy, all strive to be Swiss Army-like in their utility, but only one comes closest to the promise. » 5/13/10 10:00am 5/13/10 10:00am

Samsung Blu-Ray Players Now Come With Netflix Streaming

The latest to join the Netflix streaming crowd » 10/23/08 2:00am 10/23/08 2:00am, Samsung Blu-Ray player users can now download a free update for Internet movie watching. The first Samsung players that will definitely support Netflix are the BD-P2500 and the BD-P2550. Netflix members can have their PC queues automatically displayed on Samsung's…

Panasonic Drops Sleeker DMP-BD35 & DMP-BD55 Blu-ray Decks

We just saw the DMP-BD50 a few months back » 8/28/08 8:39am 8/28/08 8:39am, but now at IFA Panasonic has made official two new BD-Live 2.0-compatible players, the BD35 and BD55. The only discernible difference between the two, at the moment, is the BD55 supports analog 7.1 channel audio output. On top of that, they both share a slimmed-down chassis…

NEC Packs All Blu-ray Functions on Single Chip, Smaller Players to Come

The EMMA 3PF is the first large-scale integration (LSI) chip to pack all of the necessary Blu-ray controllers onto a single piece of silicon. The new chip performs all audio and video decoding, analog to digital conversions, and HDMI output. It supports the Blu-ray 2.0 profile and will start shipping in September 2008, … » 8/04/08 11:00am 8/04/08 11:00am

Sharp Announces BD-HP20S Blu-ray Player with Quick Start and HDMI 1.3

Finally, someone has figured out it might be a good idea to have a Blu-ray player that starts playing right when you put the disc inside, and that manufacturer happens to be Sharp with its BD-HP20S. The company wasn't specific about how fast that "Qucik Start" capability will be, but did say that you'd see a picture… » 7/06/07 10:01am 7/06/07 10:01am