Two Blu-Ray megachangers from Sony will be hitting the market in August. The BDP-CX960 and BDP-CX7000ES both hold up to 400 Blu-Ray discs, and both will use MusicID and VideoID software from Gracenote to organize and browse the collection. They will feature 1080p upscaling technology, Full HD 1080p resolution, support for most major audio formats and support for Blu-Ray Discs as well as DVDs, CDs and MP3s on recordable media.
As we all know, Toshiba was the proponent behind HD DVD. Even after the demise of the format, Toshiba seemingly was reluctant to give up on the format and join the Blu-ray side. They instead switched to producing a new upscaling DVD player, touting it as an equal to the presentation given by Blu-ray. Well now it appears that Toshiba has finally joined the Blu-ray craze.
Last week, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced a BD-Live improvement: they will offer their movies via MovieIQ, a database that can be accessed through BD-Live. This database provides real-time information on cast and crew, movie trivia, music and soundtrack information, all tied to scenes from the movie itself.
Harris Interactive released a continuing study recently that shows a declining interest in upgrading player hardware to a high definition disc format. The survey of 2,400 U.S. adults was conducted in mid-April and shows a gradual 2% drop in the number of people planning on purchasing a Blu-ray player in 2009. The same group reported a 12% rise in HDTV adoption over the previous year.
Harman Kardon just announced the release of their first Blu-ray player, the BDP 1. Compatible with BD Live, this unit plays Blu-ray discs in addition to up-scaling DVD disc content to 1080p. The BDP 1 also allows for simultaneous playback of pictures and music (Jpeg / MP3) off discs or via a USB connection.