Sony Announces $599 BDP-S300 Blu-ray Player

GeonX

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…κλασικά αφού μάζεψαν στα ψηλά τους early adaptors, πουλήσαμε και αρκετά PS3 (στο us…) για Blu-Ray players λίγο πριν ρίξουμε στην αγορά το φθηνό PS3 ας βγάλουμε και κανα πιο φθηνό plug and play BDPplayer για τις μάζες ;) άντε να αρχίσουν και το OEM να δούμε Blu Ray στα 200… ο χορός καλά κρατεί και ο περιμένων κερδίζει ;) -bye-

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Sony Announces $599 BDP-S300 Blu-ray Player
Posted by Jason Unger on Feb 27 2007 @ 9:03 AM

With cost as one of the biggest criticisms of the format, Sony has announced that they will launch a $599 Blu-ray disc player this summer, according to the AP (via USA Today).

The BDP-S300 will cost $599, yet will have the same capabilities as the $999 BDP-S1 Sony is currently selling, said Randy Waynick, senior vice president of the home products division of Sony Electronics. ...

The BDP-S300 is a smaller unit than the BDP-S1, and is about the same size as a DVD player. Like the current model, it will be able to output a signal in the highest high-definition format, known as 1080p. It will also be able to play CDs, which the BDP-S1 does not.

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The BDP-S300 will be the cheapest stand-alone Blu-ray player, save for Sony's low-end PlayStation 3, which costs $499. At CES, Toshiba announced a $599 HD DVD player, the HD-A20, at that point, the cheapest stand-alone high-definition DVD player (again, save for Sony's low-end PS3).

At CES, Sony showed two Blu-ray prototypes, the Sapphire 1 and Sapphire 2.

Related: Electronic House Podcast - Blu-ray, HD DVD Format War

Stan Glasgow, president of Sony Electronics, said at the company's New York press conference that prices for BD players should fall under $500 by Christmas 2007. With the recent Nielsen VideoScan report that Blu-ray disc sales have passed HD DVD sales since the debut of both formats, is it really safe for Sony to declare the format war over?

Preliminary disc sales data from Nielsen VideoScan for the week ending Feb 18 shows Blu-ray in the lead for disc sales since inception -- the first time Blu-ray has surpassed HD DVD in this category.

The numbers, as first reported by Home Media Magazine, show Blu-ray as having now sold 100 units to every 98.71 units of HD DVD since the inception of both formats.

Crippled by a dearth of new releases and what some attribute to the "PS3 Effect," HD DVD has seen its healthy early lead in the high-def format dwindle over the first six weeks of 2007.

Is this the beginning of the end for HD DVD?
 

GeonX

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...more on the cheap BDp...

Budget Blu-ray player to output 1080/24

Sony says that its upcoming budget Blu-ray player, the 600 dollar BDP-S300, will sport HDMI v1.3 and be able to output Blu-ray movies in a native 1080/24Hz format.Β Until now, the only player able to output BD at 24Hz was Pioneer.
The new deck will also offer what the brand dubs BRAVIA Theater Sync, wherein multiple components linked by HDMI can be controlled via a single remote. A similar system has been employed by Panasonic called HDAVI and VIERA Link. There has been no news yet from Sony UK about a European introduction for the player.
Randy Waynick, Sony Electronics home products division senior VP, says that the brand “is trying to rise above the talk of format wars. We are trying to figure out what consumers want to do, both in what they are telling the retailers and what they are actually going out there and purchasing.”