CES: Panasonic Announces BD-Live Blu-ray Player

Panasonic wasted little time upping the ante in the standalone Blu-ray Disc Player field, announcing during their CES news briefing a new model a few short months after rolling out their first profile 1.1 compatible player, the DMP-BD30.

The new DMP-BD50 will include all the bells and whistles found on the DMP-BD30, but will also pack final profile 1.2 with BD-Live, onboard 7.1 channel Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, and VIERA Link, a technology that allows VIERA Link equipped home theater components to be operated by a single remote.

The DMP-BD50 features the PHL Reference Chroma processor and P4HD i/p conversion processor, which combine to create Uniphier, a precise digital video processor that produces imagery as close as possible to the original movie.

“Panasonic was the first to bring a Blu-ray player with Bonus View (Final Standard Profile 1.1) to market and now with the DMP-BD50 we are again leading the industry with the inclusion of BD-Live,” said Gene Kelsey, Panasonic Vice President Entertainment Group. “The beauty of the Blu-ray player is that we can now see movies the way the film maker intended, in glorious HD video and audio. The consumer can now combine the new generation DMP-BD50 with a VIERA flat screen televison to create a true living in high definition experience.”

No timetable or pricing has been issued for the DMP-BD50, but we’ll be sure to pass them along as soon as they’re available.

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