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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 8:45am9/10/10 8:45am

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

We just saw the DMP-BD50 a few months back »8/28/08 8:39am8/28/08 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… »8/04/08 11:00am8/04/08 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 10:01am7/06/07 10:01am