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.
Pioneer is shipping the BDP-120, BDP-320 and the BDP-23FD Elite Blu-ray players this week. They all have BD-Live functionality, but only the BDP-320 and BDP-23FD Elite have on-board memory for BD-Live storage. The BDP-120 ships with a separate 1GB USB thumb drive to access BD-Live functionality.
Pioneer has just announced the BDP-V6000 Professional Blu-ray player. This player is designed for rack mounts and supports playback of Blu-ray discs and DVD media in both NTSC / PAL playback formats. It has serial RS-232C support for custom installations and plays movies at 24, 25, or 30 fps.
The two networked Blu-Ray players, the LG BD370 (SRP: $300) and BD390 (SRP: $400), that LG announced at the International CES earlier this year are shipping now. They offer content-on-demand access to services like Youtube and Netflix through NetCast Entertainment Access and Wi-Fi.